Seems we're going to have rain all week starting tomorrow, which means no mixing dirt for plants as it's to hard to do when the dirt is mud. So we've been working our butts off this morning trying to get as much as we can done, thankfully it has been cool out today.
Hey Dogwood season is in full bloom:
I was worried she wouldn't bloom this year as she didn't last year, but see. She's putting a good show on this year for us.
So today's work started with a tomato in a bucket, which if you haven't heard of them is you grow a tomato in the bottom of a 5 gallon pail hanging from something so the air can flow around it good and no need to stake.
We picked up a "patio" cherry tomato yesterday:
It's very dense in growth and has some flowers on it already, I am hoping it'll be good for snacking tomatoes for Silver and the girls so I can can the garden ones. So for starters you need a 5 gallon bucket with lid, you flip it over and cut a hole in the bottom:
So you do need to know that if you are doing a started plant that is firmly rooted (like in a peat pot) you make the hole smaller than the diameter of the whole pot. Just big enough to fit the plant threw.
You do need to be careful when feeding the plant threw the hole to make sure you don't yank too hard on it. Oh, we are doing this across two sawhorses so we can stand the bucket up for filling without hurting the plant in the process.
The soil you fill the bucket with should be fairly "airy" so it won't turn into a rock over the growing season. Which would not be good for the plant:
This soil is half topsoil and half sawdust which will also retain water in dry spells here. Now once Silver filled the bucket past the bottom of the peat pot I dug out some egg shells to crush in and he got some wood ash and sprinkled it over it.
So after that we filled it the rest of the way (eggshells are for calcium to prevent blossom end rot) to the very brim so that if turned over onto it's lid (don't for get to put the lid on) it's not shifted any. Now if you have a plant that was in a say "six pack" or doing it from seed you'll need to leave it inverted until it is rooted well enough it won't fall out when you turn it over again. We left our's inverted while we figured out how (as in with what) we were going to hang it.
We're hanging it from the outdoor kitchen and we have no eye bolts nor do we have any strong hanging brackets right now. However, we do have a bunch of nylon belts with the double metal pieces that is the buckle. Effectively strapping so we strapped it to one of the 2X4's on the outdoor kitchen.
That location should get enough sunlight for it to grow well. It is now done aside from it growing, make sure the lid is no longer attached as that is how you water the plant. I am thinking of sprinkling moss rose seeds over the top of the bucket as they do trail and it should be pretty as well.
..hmm this is turning out to be a long post. But oh well...
My garden is moving along nicely. I had a Oh my Gods moment over the weekend as my tomato seedlings started drooping and were getting burnt by their light. So they went out into their bed.
They did get a bit of a hair cut though as they had gotten leggy and I needed to bury most of the stems, good for more roots so they should grow very well. though I do see after planting (only half a bed full) why I'd want 25 for my size family. ..and here I only had twelve to start with. The bell peppers went into the ground too because for some reason they were bending over, I never experienced that in peppers before so i rushed them out too.
I do wish they were bigger before planting them but It happens.
When we got the cherry tomato I picked up a couple more plants that I wanted as well, first up is an egg plant. I love eating these but I don't know enough to grow it from seed as yet nor grow more than one plant in case it doesn't do well. It is a Black Beauty:
This was the largest and best looking plant they had and it had some bad leaves on it that I am hoping will be ok as it grows. We also picked up a mammoth jalapeno in the hopes we can have stuffed deep fried peppers again. However last time I grew these they were hotter than normal jalapenos. It is planted FAR from my bell peppers so no cross pollination in my herb garden.
I felt since we had a red colored tub it'd be perfect for a hot pepper to be planted in. The last plant we picked up is an herb that I swear I will keep in a pot in the house this winter so I don't need to buy a fourth one. A new Rosemary plant:
I had heard it was possible to grow them outside and they'd survive winter's here, yeah it didn't last... TWICE. So we bought another one and it's staying potted and when we get a green house it'll prob spend the winter in there. So aside from us trying to get the rest of the beds done up and the last two planting tires filled the hard garden work is almost done. Then we'll move onto the "add to the soil as it grows" time. Then the "stuff" we'll pile onto the beds this fall. I have bean plantings in my future and cantaloupe once my last two tires are done. If my squashes don't come up by May first I will replant them. I was trying to see how early I could honestly plant since average last frost here is April 15th.
As for that tomato bucket please note the buckets are HEAVY with all that soil in them so be careful hanging them when you do. I think I pulled some odd muscles when I lifted it, man did that hurt! We got it in place though and it's not budging until late fall. I do know that Silver had a couple of those before I moved in with him in NY, they sat on his porch all summer long and produced so many that no one could finish them all and they were throwing some out. I'm hoping it does as just a good of a job.
How you aren't in bad storms or flooding right now.
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