Well, I finally got some time to get things planted in the garden. I didn’t want to go bigger than last year, but I ended up having to get 5 more pots because I didn’t want to crowd anything like last year. Here’s my mistakes from last year:
- overcrowding (4 grape tomato plants in one pot, 4 big pepper plants in a medium pot)
- no tomato stakes — sticks & twine don’t work
- not spraying for tomato worms
- not catching the things that ate the zukes
So far, I didn’t have much luck sprouting anything except a few pumpkins and squash — none of the zukes or one of the other kind of squash came up. I planted the pumpkins and whichever squash this is — I honestly have no idea. Butternut? Buttercup? Acorn? We’ll see.
I bought a bunch of plants at Longacres in Lebanon:
- Better Boy tomatoes (6) — planted 3 in their own M size pot, and 3 in a L pot
- Olive (Grape) tomatoes (4) — 2 in a large pot, 2 in a hanging basket. This will be an interesting competition.
- Roma (4), 2 to a large pot (New this year!)
- Habenero (same pot as last year — tiny)
- Cherry Bomb & Banana (NEW) (sharing a M pot)
- Thai hots and Cayenne (each in their own S pot)
- purple bell peppers, planted 2 to a tire, as seen above (NEW).
- basil (4) — it looked really fresh so I’m hoping to get a good crop from this
- Cilantro (4) — try this again this year
- Chives & Parsley are STILL going strong — using the same plants that survived all winter indoors
I also planted cukes, zukes and radish seeds in the ground to see what would happen. The radishes have already poked through, and it’s only been 4 days. They should be ready in about 3-4 weeks.
So, it’ll be a productive and busy season in the garden again, but hopefully I learned enough from last year (like, get tomato cages on early — check) that this year’s will be more rewarding.
Photos at flickr.
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