Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

How does your garden grow?

Stephanie

Mine, not so good.

I have a decent sized yard and while I would love to have a garden, I simply do not have (and will not make) time for one. Which is probably why these plum tomato plants are committing suicide. Last year I watched my neighbor grow a zillion tomatoes in buckets with almost zero effort.

So when the “Italian Tomato Fairy” dropped these seedlings off at my studio about two weeks ago, I thought, “No problem! I like tomatoes and I’m sure I can handle the bucket thing.”

Sigh.

I was told to place the plants in direct sun, (check) and to make sure they are watered daily. (check) I also gave them some plant food but what you see in the top photo is their current state. (One is pretty much dead.) I don’t know what I did wrong, but I suspect that the torrential downpours we’ve been having lately have been too much for them.

How is your garden coming along?

(PS: Did I ever tell you that my first inspiration for journaling was when I happened to be watching one of the shopping networks sell a gardening journal? I thought to myself, “How silly” but the next day was inspired to buy a journal and start writing. Funny the way things work…)


10 thoughts on “How does your garden grow?

  1. Mine is going outstanding, the weather in the northeast has been quite damp for the last 10 days or so and the plants are loving it. I have one tomato plant that I planted about 2 weeks ago (at about 6″ tall) and it’s now 4 feet tall! There’s even a golf ball sized tomato on it already and still early June! I do container planting and I made a self watering pot for it and I haven’t had to water it once, and even if it doesn’t rain for the next week I bet I can get through the week with no water as well.

  2. Mine is going outstanding, the weather in the northeast has been quite damp for the last 10 days or so and the plants are loving it. I have one tomato plant that I planted about 2 weeks ago (at about 6″ tall) and it’s now 4 feet tall! There’s even a golf ball sized tomato on it already and still early June! I do container planting and I made a self watering pot for it and I haven’t had to water it once, and even if it doesn’t rain for the next week I bet I can get through the week with no water as well.

  3. In the past I have tilled a plot in our apartment’s community garden for flowers, but the weeds were too difficult to keep up with – I think because there were so many different things growing in adjacent plots (from sunflowers to cucumbers to other flowers)that the weeds and vines just took over. So after not having too much luck with that I decided to plant a container garden in front of our window. That area gets a lot of shade so I planted a very successful impatiens plant, a fern and a begonia — only to notice that certain neighbors were using my planters as ashtrays. So I gave up on that. Last weekend I bought a tomato plant that I don’t have to transplant and sat it outside our back window where there is total sun during the day. I also got a couple of those solar powered lights, but since then it’s been raining every day and it’s turned cooler so I’m afraid that will have a negative impact on my tomatoes. I hope not though – nothing’s better than fresh tomatos in the summertime.

  4. In the past I have tilled a plot in our apartment’s community garden for flowers, but the weeds were too difficult to keep up with – I think because there were so many different things growing in adjacent plots (from sunflowers to cucumbers to other flowers)that the weeds and vines just took over. So after not having too much luck with that I decided to plant a container garden in front of our window. That area gets a lot of shade so I planted a very successful impatiens plant, a fern and a begonia — only to notice that certain neighbors were using my planters as ashtrays. So I gave up on that. Last weekend I bought a tomato plant that I don’t have to transplant and sat it outside our back window where there is total sun during the day. I also got a couple of those solar powered lights, but since then it’s been raining every day and it’s turned cooler so I’m afraid that will have a negative impact on my tomatoes. I hope not though – nothing’s better than fresh tomatos in the summertime.

  5. Last year we fenced off 6800 square feet for a garden, plowed it, tilled in composted manure from the barn and planted many plants. It turned out to be one of those years when grasshoppers explode over the landscape. Grasshoppers so thick that walking is like being the bow of a boat parting water. I can tell you that they don’t like squash and that’s about it.

    This year is starting off with another infestation so we’ve decided, since chickens eat grasshoppers, to be chicken farmers.

  6. Last year we fenced off 6800 square feet for a garden, plowed it, tilled in composted manure from the barn and planted many plants. It turned out to be one of those years when grasshoppers explode over the landscape. Grasshoppers so thick that walking is like being the bow of a boat parting water. I can tell you that they don’t like squash and that’s about it.

    This year is starting off with another infestation so we’ve decided, since chickens eat grasshoppers, to be chicken farmers.

  7. Over the past few years, my garden has been receiving consistently decreasing attention. I haven’t planted yet this year, and I am considering not putting in a garden at all. My wife used to plant it, and I did the weeding & picking. Last year I did everything and the garden was hurtin’ for certain. We love going to the local farmer’s market, though….

    Bob

  8. Over the past few years, my garden has been receiving consistently decreasing attention. I haven’t planted yet this year, and I am considering not putting in a garden at all. My wife used to plant it, and I did the weeding & picking. Last year I did everything and the garden was hurtin’ for certain. We love going to the local farmer’s market, though….

    Bob

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