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?
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.
When you cut the ends, you get enough wire to hold the cage in the ground.
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?
So, here’s the garden when I started
And here’s the garden when I finished
aka the crazy seed lady that’s not afraid of the dark