Firmly Planted

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I know Kevin and I did! The weather was PERFECT here this weekend (82 degrees, a slight breeze, and sunshine for miles), so we spent as much time as possible outside. We got some general chores done (doggy dooty duty, mowing, trimming, hosing off the sidewalk), started a new project (which we’ll share later this week), and planted our garden.

We had big plans of going down to the Dallas Farmer’s Market and buying our tomato and pepper plants there, but after seeing their selection (which was very small) we decided to go to our local nursery instead. We ended up planting six tomato plants: three Better Boy hybrids for juicing and three different heirloom varieties. We went colorful on hour heirlooms: Purple Cherokee, Old German, and Black Krim.

When planing tomatoes, it is very important to plant them deep enough. Strip the bottommost leaves off the plants and bury the stems up all the way up the the next set of leaves. This encourages root growth. We put cages on our plants while they’re still little; it’s much easier and does less damage than trying to wrestle a cage onto a full grown plant.

Besides tomatoes, we planted three kinds of peppers: Poblano, Jalapeno, and Bell peppers. We also planted multicolor carrots, two rows of Detroit Red Beets, Sugar Snap Peas, Zucchini, Straightneck Yellow Squah, and Bush Pickler Beets in addition to the spinach, green onions, and mescalin lettuce mix we already have planted in our gutter gardens.

The garden looks pretty bare right now, but we should start seeing seedlings in about a week! We’re going to share our  new project later on this week (hopefully tomorrow, so stay tuned! We’ve done a complete about-face on what our Little House priorities are this spring, so we’ll be sharing those as well!

How was your weekend? Finish any projects? Start anything new?

19 comments

  1. Kristen says:

    Oo – how exciting! You have a ton of fruits & veggies growing! The sugar snap peas was a great idea – I can eat those forever!

    And I’m so jealous of your warm weather! It was chilly up here all weekend Our landlord finally started cleaning up the backyard and I spoke with my aunt (she gardens a lot) about helping us so at least we have the ball rolling. I’m hoping that by mid-April, we’ll be outside planting!!

  2. casadechristine says:

    This is making me yearn for a veggie garden! Hopefully one of these springs I’ll get around to planting one. It seems like such a great luxury to be able to pick fresh produce right out of your backyard. Excited to see it all grow in!

  3. Karen says:

    Black Krim was the first variety that ripened last year, the best producer of tomatoes and they had a wonderful taste. Purple Cherokee came in a close second.

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