Archive for the tag “tomato”

January 19 Tour

peppers blushing

peppers blushing

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cluster hues

cluster hues

grape like

grape like

roma tomatoes

roma tomatoes

romas

romas

beefsteaks

beefsteaks

san marzanos growing through the cold

san marzanos growing through the cold

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flowering mustard which I pulled out

flowering mustard which I pulled out

I've pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I’ve pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I've pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I’ve pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

the cutest sun cherries

the cutest sun cherries

pak choi is flowering

purslane pettuce

purslane pettuce

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Snaps From The Garden

Today, the weather is beautiful with bright sunshine and a cool breeze, this weather is tomatoes’ favorite, so I’m happy to see tomatoes responding well to the sunshine after a week of cloudy, dark weather.

One of the beefsteak tomatoes has several ‘superbloom’ or ‘megabloom‘ flowers. Which is basically two or more flowers in one, giving the fruit a weird, large shape.. megablooms are the conjoined twins of tomatoes. I look forward to the freaky fruit to come.
One of the megablooms seems to think its a sunflower, its streched out and standing tall the same way, I’ve never seen anything like it.

Follow The Bee

My garden is buzzing with bees thanks to my tomato and pepper flowers.
Here is a garden photo tour brought to you by this pepper crazy bee:

Saving Tomato Seeds

Now that it’s been around 10 days and a layer of mold has appeared on the top of the tomato cup, it’s time to wash the tomato seeds well, strain them and leave them to dry thoroughly and then store.

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November Garden Update Photo Tour

Cosmic Purple Carrots

 

Hand Pollinating Zucchinis

Hand pollination is done by picking the male flower (which doesn’t have a growing zucchini as a stem), removing its petals, and rubbing it at the female flower repeatedly. Hand pollination is a step I’m doing just in case the bees in my garden aren’t doing they’re job.

Corn

 

 

Zucchini taking over its neighboring squares

 

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes & Companions

Here are tomatoes with companion plants such as basil, borage, marigolds, and carrots.

Cilantro

Rainbow Swiss Chard

Garden Update Photo Tour

Butternut squash female flowers

baby watermelon

first sunflower

Tomato grown sideways

Here’s a tomato trick, I’ve grown this tomato plant on its side, its original root ball is right next to the basil plant in the same square. The trick is to lay the entire plant on its side, and only let the leaves and branches out, this way all the buried hairs on the stem will develop into roots, giving the plant an extra strong support.

baby spinach and swiss chard

Raised Bed Tour:

Tomato and carrot bed on the top, and sweet potato bed on the bottom

Lemon grass in the middle

 

corn in the middle and zucchini on the corners

 

my herb bed

 

My Planting Process

1- Moisten the soil
2- Mix in a handful of Mineral Rock Dust into each square.
3- Pop the seedling out by squeezing the pot to slowly slide it out.
4- Flip the plant over, removing it from the pot.
5- Gently massage the bottom roots so the plant wont be root bound.
6- Apply Rootgrow granules to the planting hole and on the visible roots on the seedling.
7- Place the plant in the deep hole, and snip off any branches that will be covered in soil.
8- Gently cover the plant, slowly pressing down and creating a saucer-like shape around it for the water to gather in.
9-Water generously
10-Watch it grow

In this case this is a tomato plant, tomatoes like to be buried as deep as possible, because the tiny hairs on the stems turn into roots when coming in contact with soil, making it a stronger plant.
If I had a deeper box, I would’ve buried it until the top branches, or maybe next time I can plant the seedling sideways.

What is Mineral Rock Dust?
Minplus is 100% Natural, Multi-Mineral, Rock Dust.
Minplus instantly replenishes soil with minerals and nutrients found in volcanic rock.

This is a video explaining the role of rock dust in the growing of better vegetables:

I get my rock dust from True Value. You can learn more about Rock Dust here.

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