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First tomatoes having a tough time

IMG_1337.JPGTwo weeks after I transplanted the tomato plants into containers, they don’t seem to be faring too well. I’ll admit I haven’t done anything with/for them other than make sure they have plenty of water and sunshine. The soil I used in the pots had Miracle Grow or something similar, so I didn’t think I needed to feed them.
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Tomatoes give start to blank Texas canvas

Two Early Girl tomato plants I bought in mid-September. Will I get fruit out of them yet this fall?

Two Early Girl tomato plants I bought in mid-September. Will I get fruit out of them yet this fall?

Out shopping recently, I was taken aback to see small tomato plants — like the ones you transplant into a Wisconsin garden in May or June — being sold. Will these Early Girls actually give me tomatoes yet this fall/early winter, I wondered? The thought made me giddy and I bought two of them. Continue reading

Flower, veggie gardens in full bloom


I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I do know this: I’m sure going to miss my Wisconsin gardens!

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Moving presents special garden circumstances

Well, winter in Wisconsin is finally over (fingers crossed) and it’s long past time for me to start thinking about my garden. Problem is, I’ve got somewhat of a complication this year. We’re going to be selling our house because we’re moving — to Texas! Yep, husband got a job in Austin, so by early August, I hope our family will all be living in the Lone Star State.
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Weeds growing faster than veggies

20130618-192231.jpg(Photo above: Everything is coming up OK in the garden, especially the weeds.)

As usual, the garden’s in and the weeds have taken over. The tomatoes, mostly transplanted from my basement greenhouse, are doing OK, but they’re not growing very tall. I’ve heard the same thing from friends, too, though, who bought theirs at local greenhouses. I think it’s just that we haven’t had consistent warm weather. Even tonight’s forecast calls for low of 45. I mean, it’s June 18, you know? Most, if not all, have flowers, so now I’m just waiting for fruit!

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Tulips would benefit from some warmer temperatures

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OK, I’m starting to get a bit bummed about the delayed arrival of spring. Or at least the delayed arrival compared to last year. I looked back at a few blog posts from mid-April 2012 and saw that the first tulips were starting to bud and I was so excited to see a bit of pink/red. Compare that to yesterday, when I went out to look at them and gasped when I saw that the few that are up look like they might have a bit of frostbite. Continue reading

Greenhouse tomatoes give me edge over snowy spring blues

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It’s been 10 weeks since I planted the tomato seeds, and if all goes well, I think I’ll have to repot into individual pails in the next week or so. This weekend, I bought three more 5-gallon pails to make the six I have planned on all along. There clearly are a number of tomatoes that doing much better than others, but it’s still going to be hard to choose the plants that make the final cut. Continue reading

Tomatoes growing like crazy

20130402-175452.jpgJust a quick midweek post to show off the tomatoes’ progress. I can’t believe how much they grow – seems like every day they’re bigger. Gotta admit though, I keep waiting for the day I go into the greenhouse and find them withered and brown instead of robust and beautiful. Continue reading

The little tomatoes that could… and one that couldn’t

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A quick post today to show how the Cherry Falls and Super Sweet 100s tomatoes are growing. These are the tomatoes I’m most concerned about because they were the smallest ones that I transplanted into the 5-gallon pails.
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Tomatoes whittled down to 27

The dirt finally thawed and I was able to repot the tomatoes. And the lettuce. The tallest of the tomatoes, the organic Chadwick Cherry variety, were close to 7 inches tall. Most were probably closer to 3 to 4 inches tall, and some even had what I consider really thick stems, which is good, right? I seem to remember that last time I tried starting tomatoes indoors most of the stems ended up really thin, and they didn’t do as well once I transplanted them outdoors. So I’m thinking thick is a good thing in this case. Continue reading

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