Tag: tomatoes

This day five years ago

Five years ago I grew my own tomatoes from seeds and grew a couple of unusual heirlooms that I got from C&T. I remember the persimmon and pineapple tomatoes were particularly good. The tomato plants were dying by time I put this picture up. I think this is all that I got that year. I

Thinning

The thing I hate most about gardening is thinning. I always want to keep all the plants alive — if they got started, the little fellas deserve a chance to live and try to thrive! I try to avoid thinning whenever I can, but today I had to bite the bullet and thin out some

A big harvest!

I admit I’ve been avoiding the garden a little bit out of guilt for burning the plants last week. I’ve been out to check for additional deer damage and such, but I’ve not made any attempt to do anything other than that. Today I went out and found that several tomatoes had turned red, seemingly

Wednesday Update – Self-inflicted Wounds

I’m posting this a day late, but I took most all these pictures yesterday: I did my spraying (no Miracle-Gro again this week). At the end I had a little bit of leftover fungicide/insecticide mix left and so I just tossed it around on some plants. They say wise people learn from their mistakes and

2019 First “Real” Tomato

Today was the day! I finally got my first “real” (non-cherrry) tomato! Let’s also talk about what a sorry tomato Early Girl is. The plants are prone to disease, and the tomatoes are NOT early. They are the last to put on fruit again this year. I’m not going to waste space in my garden

Skipping the Miracle

Today was my weekly Wednesday garden spray, but I decided to give the plants a rest and did not apply any Miracle-Gro this week. I want the tomatoes to be able to put their energy into ripening some of these green tomatoes instead of making leaves, and I think it’s probably a good idea to

Wednesday update

That Dern Deer has not shown its face since we put out the repellants. That’s five days deer-free. I’m hopeful this will keep the pest away, at least until I get some tomatoes. I spent the morning pulling weeds, trimming off blighted leaves from my tomatoes, pulling out the remainder of the kohlrabi, checking for

And now, the pests

I saw my first Japanese Beetles today. The first two died in the throes of ecstasy, and the third, a voyeuristic onlooker, died ignominiously. Death was too good for them, and I showed them far more mercy than their kind deserves. And thus it begins. The original planting spot of the butternut squash seedlings has

Cursed deer

It’s a class 2 misdemeanor to kill a deer that is eating your garden here in Virginia without getting a permit to do some from the Game and Wildlife dept. Luckily I’m on over 5 acres, so I could probably get one. The dern critters ignored the hubs’ donation to the cause and the Deer

Mite-y Rose

I was in the garden yesterday with a friend and got inspired (read: shamed into) to doing some deadheading today on the New Dawn rose. It looks a lot better, but now I realize what was causing the petals to look so damaged — it wasn’t the cold weather as I assumed. It is mites.

Del’s Tomatoes

I put in the tomatoes from my friend, Del, this morning. I ran out of potting soil and had to go get more. It took 4 bags to mostly fill the growing bags he gave me, and I could have put most of a fifth if I had wanted to. On the end of the

Pests and Hope

I went out this morning for my regular Wednesday Miracle-Gro application and took a more careful look at the garden. Apparently the bugs reconnoitered and decided to assault my very best Kohlrabi plants after I put the diatomaceous earth on the other end of the garden: The little buggers forced me to go nuclear, and