♫ ♩ By the light, of the…

I told my Facebook friends yesterday that I was getting my garden planted yesterday.   Whether it be by headlights, flashlight or moonlight, those plants and seeds were going in the ground.

See all these plants?

plants,plants plants

Back in January, I thought I would plant a few seeds in my little greenhouse.  Guess what?  They all sprouted.

Does anyone else think I’m in serious need of a seed intervention?

Anyway, when I arrived home, I saw my husband had a trailer load of soil and compost for my living roof!  I really needed to get the garden planted, but really wanted to work on my living roof, too.

I just hate when I want to do two things at once.

But, you would be proud of me, as I turned my back on that beautiful pile of dirt and headed toward the garden.

The main crop I wanted to get in the ground was tomatoes.  This year I am growing mainly Cherokee Purples as they are my absolute favorite. I also plant a very sweet (and prolific) grape tomato called Mexico Midget. I am also trying one  called Italian Heirloom.  I’ve never grown this one before but I saw it at the Amish Nursery I told you about in an earlier post.  It was an impulse buy. (imagine that)

I also like to interplant other plants with my tomatoes.  Borage is a good companion for tomatoes.  It’s job is to deter tomato hornworms and attract bees for pollination.  It is easily started from seed, so after I plant the tomato seedling, I plant borage seeds outside the tomato cage.  Borage flowers are also edible.

Basil is also planted next to the tomatoes to help with the growth and flavor.  It also repels flies and mosquitoes, so it can be used on decks and patios as well.  And let’s not forget it’s a great herb for cooking with!  I love, love, love basil pesto.

I also want to show you THE best little tomato cages around.  I have tried the staking method and string, the smaller cages, and cattle panels, but these are by far the sturdiest.  They are made from concrete wire mesh and I got them years ago from a friend who found them in a field.

tomato cages

When you cut the ends, you get enough wire to hold the cage in the ground.

tomato cage

They are about five feet tall and have held up very well against storms and wind.  If you’re looking for a new way to stake tomatoes, think about this.

I also planted cucumber, squash, corn, kidney beans and okra last night.  I would’ve planted the peppers, but I couldn’t find them.

Does anyone see my pepper plants?

plants,plants plants

So, here’s the garden when I started

garden before


And here’s the garden when I finished



Happy Gardening!

aka the crazy seed lady that’s not afraid of the dark

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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30 Responses to ♫ ♩ By the light, of the…

  1. It is so nice you got big property for planting!


  2. bhoyt10 says:

    Wow! You had a very busy day! I also use the same cages! We made ours four or five years ago and have been using them ever since. They are amazing! I grow my cucumbers in these cages too. They will climb right up and are very easy to pick!


    • Oh! never thought about them for cucumbers. I need to make some more–mine are getting very rusty and the prongs are breaking off. I bet I’ve had mine for seven or eight years and no telling how long they were in that field!


      • bhoyt10 says:

        I recommend an updated tetanus shot, protective eye wear, gloves, and a strong helper for that project! I hope my cages live forever. I hope your garden gets a nice shower today.


      • no kidding! that stuff is very thick. I did get nice shower this morning and I think more on the way tonight. Loving the weather today!!


  3. Tiffany says:

    I love these tomato cages, too! I heard about them from Calvin Bey and forked out the big bugs for 150′ of concrete mesh to make myself some. I use my old, little, cheap tomato cages from the store for my cucs, but I’d like to have more of these for them, too. Someday maybe. Yesterday I worked at the museum, then planted okra (red and green) in my own garden. Today’s rain is going to make our seeds and seedlings happy!


  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    You are so funny and industrious! It’s impressive that you decided to complete one thing and did it! When I’m faced with a choice of two things I really want to do, I usually hop from one to the other and neither gets finished before another garden need shouts for attention.
    Good for you! Admitting that you have a seed addiction problem is the first step to recovery. Small steps. The minimalistic look of your garden after you planted it is quite interesting!


  5. Very productive, give yourself a raise! I’ve given up on tomato cages, I use a trellis instead. Even with that, I’m thinking of switching to determinate varieties.


    • Ha! I understand that, As my dad always said, “I’ll double your allowance” with the joke being I didn’t get an allowance! I’m glad the trellis works for you. Mine aren’t very pretty, but they do the job.


  6. LOve, love, love it! I have the broom corn that you sent me planted at work and I’m going to put it in here at home in the next few days. The mexican midget seeds are started and the mexican sunflowers are going in soon too. Your inspiring me to keep moving!!


    • I met a guy who bought an old-timey broom making machine. I sent him some broom corn seed also with a side note that I better get a broom out of the deal! How cool would that be?? I need to get my Mexican sunflowers in the ground, too. They really bring in the butterflies.


  7. ddonabella says:

    I know what you mean about having to literally dig in and make sure you get all the plants planted no matter what…that will be happening soon…


  8. Barbara says:

    May your roof bloom and the rain fall gently; may your spring be warm and Jack Frost finally gone to sleep.


  9. I love your tomato cage Idea, and extra points for using recycled materials. I am really interested in seeing your living roof.


  10. Oh, what a giggle you gave me! Our nights are still in the low 40’s (with 37 predicted for Monday), and I haven’t even begun to harden-off the tomatoes…When Planting Day finally arrives, I may be working by flashlight at the end, too!


  11. My Dad used to work construction so he got his hands on some of that concrete wire mesh and made tomato cages like yours. This was in the mid-80’s. The things are rusty but still in great shape and being used by me for tomatoes and cukes. I wish you had taken a side shot of all those seedlings so we coulda seen them close-up AND you got me good with that last photo. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t see it on my laptop so I was turning the laptop every which-a-way trying to see. Finally I clicked on it and decided it was just plain DARK when you took that photo which you finally admitted in your signature. You better look out girl. Snakes slither about at night.
    A while back you featured a pink flower, kinda like an amaryllis, that didn’t seem to have any leaves, just stalk. Did you save any seeds from that?


    • The pink flower is called Lycoris squamigera or Surprise Lily or Naked Ladies as we call them around here. 🙂 It is a bulb, so I usually just dig and divide as it multiplies quickly. I can send you some bulbs if you like.
      I here you about the snakes. I laid my extra shirt on the ground and when I picked it up, out slithered a little snake! I just about hurt myself slinging that shirt around trying to get rid of it. So glad the neighbors can’t see me…


      • I KNEW IT! Land snakes alive! I’ve already seen two black snakes this month and that’s enough for me.
        Nekkid Lady, that’s it! If you send me some, I’ll reimburse you for the postage. Email me for the addy. I’m sure you’ve misplaced it as I have misplaced yours.


      • ok, will do! I’ll have to wait until I can get to my other computer. I haven’t figured out how to email with windows 8 yet on this one. If you don’t hear from me in a few days, remind me. I will be in and out all weekend and grandkids are coming. It can get crazy!


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