Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Tomatoes a bust, but hello lettuce!

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My first veggie experiment in Texas was a failure, but I’ve quickly moved on to my next challenge. The tomatoes I planted in mid-September never did seem to thrive, and then a week or so of nights in the 20s and 30s didn’t help. Nor did the fact that I neglected to cover them up. At my Wisconsin home, flowers and containers near the house always fared better when the mercury dipped below freezing, negating the need to cover them the first few frosts. Not so here in Texas. Although I’m not completely sure they would have risen to the potential I saw in them anyway — they hadn’t been growing much since first planted. Continue reading

Greenhouse tomatoes were fantastic once they ripened

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On one of the coldest nights of the season (it’s minus 2 with a wind chill of of minus 20 as I write this), I feel the need to remember warmer — and greener — times. So it seems appropriate to write about something good in my garden this past summer.

My biggest experiment was planting greenhouse tomatoes in February.

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Proscrastination, tool troubles hinder harvest

20130922-160120.jpgNote to self for 2014 garden: As much as you’ll try to find excuses not to, remember to keep up with late summer weeding. It makes it a lot easier to find and dig root crops like potatoes and carrots. And another thing. Don’t think you can make do with a pitchfork that has a bent tine. Now, maybe logic (or in my case my inner cheapskate) tells you that you should be able to bend it back in place and it should work normally, but odds are it won’t. Just buy a new one. (By the way, is it just me, or does the pitchfork in the above photo looks like it’s giving me the finger?) Continue reading

Snooty sunflowers, a ton of tomatoes and loads of raspberries

20130828-131626.jpgI haven’t written a lot about my tomatoes this summer, although that doesn’t mean they’re not producing. I’ve gotten enough for the last three weeks or so to more than satisfy my personal needs for slicing, putting on BLTs, as well as on salads. Continue reading

Japanese beetle pretty — pretty destructive

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A co-worker asked me last week whether I had any Japanese beetles in my garden yet. We work at a local news outlet and he was writing a story on how the destructive pest was out in full force in the Green Bay area. I told him I didn’t think so, although in truth, it had been so hot that I hadn’t spent any time near the garden. It was supposed to cool off by the end of the week, so I made a mental note to check then. Continue reading

Stuck in the middle with no place to grow

Although I love my volunteers, in this case, I think maybe I should (gasp!) pull a few tomato plants. Can you even tell in the middle of the photo above that there are cucumber plants growing there? If I didn’t know it, I wouldn’t be able to see them. Of course, if some of my green tomatoes would turn red, it would make the decision much easier!

Summer means garden in full swing – finally

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The warmer weather has finally kick-started my garden. I’ve been cutting lettuce for two weeks now, and have started giving it away to friends so it doesn’t go to waste. Despite the fact that it came up very spotty, I’ve got plenty to eat. I’m still not sure why it was so spotty this year. What’s even stranger is that I replanted the areas where it didn’t come up the first time, and the second planting didn’t come up either. Continue reading

Tomatoes withstand transplanting

20130501-185707.jpgFinally got the tomatoes transplanted, although I’ll admit, it was harder than I thought it would be. I guess it’s a good thing I had 27 plants to work with, because by the time I got done, I only really had about a dozen good ones left.

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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

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