Canners/Paste tomatoes ~ in two beds
San Marzano (5 plants)
Cour di Bue
And I'll plant four Romas this coming week in a separate bed
Drying tomatoes ~ all in one bed
Red Fig (3)
Principe Borghese (5)
Hybrid Challenge Bed ~ trying to find that tomato that is as good as or better than Celebrity and Early Girl
Other heirlooms ~ the red and pink ones will are also in the hybrid challenge
Henderson's Pink Ponderosa
|Plants planted two weeks ago|
The Black Giant from last year
A mystery potato leaf that I suspect is Brandywine
Hillbilly Potato Leaf
Japanese Black Triefele
Isis Candy Cherry
I also planted some Tronchuda Beira (aka Portuguese Kale) and more Georgia Southern collards today, in the first row with the Red Russian Kale and Swiss Chard. They're kind of a test ~ it might be too hot for them soon, if not already. We'll see.
Yesterday, to get ready for today, I pulled out the bok choy and Georgia Southern collards because they were bolting. I processed the boy choy and froze it, and will do the collards later. I moved the three Flash collard plants over to the row with the Swiss Chard, along with a pretty rocket snapdragon plant. I hope it blooms soon ~ it looked like it was going to, and I hope the transplanting doesn't set it back. I also pulled out the purple sprouting broccoli, brussels sprouts and a couple other things that were in the way. I then turned in an inch or two of compost along with some minerals plus and flower power, raked it smooth, set out cages, counted them up and realized I have room for fifty tomatoes and 24 to 27 peppers (depending on whether eight or nine can fit in each row)! Yay!
And because I'm a nerd, here's the garden map:
It updates as I change it in Google Documents, so it'll probably be different by the time you see this.
Some other happenings in the garden:
|Asparagus is up!|
|The overwintered Black Giant is blooming and setting fruit.|
|While turning the compost into the beds, I kept finding TONS of MONSTROUS earthworms!|
Ever wonder why brambles are so hard to get rid of? When we got the bare root in at work, I noticed some little sprouts on some of the roots. Between the roots that fell off and the ones we trimmed off to make them fit in the buckets, I had quite the piles to take home. I planted them in pots and, lo and behold, I now have two baby bramble patches. Looks like I'll be having to pick out a spot to plant the patches soon. I'd better choose wisely, since once they're there, they're there.
|Heritage Raspberries, with a self-sown snapdragon|
|Brazos Blackberries, in an old ammo box|