Monday, May 23, 2016

Tomato do-over

Well I was a little overly optimistic about our warm spring weather... We got a hard freeze last weekend and all of my tomatoes perished.  

So, after the weather cleared and I double checked the forecast, I re-planted new tomato plants late last week. I didn't get exactly the same varieties, so here's what I ended up with: 4 brandyboys, 1 Fourth of July, and one sun sugar (yellow grape variety). All hybrids, so it's a bit out of character for me, but the brandyboys last summer were every bit as tasty as brandywine and at least twice as hardy.

Everything else survived the frigid weather, and is coming along nicely. My zucchini and squash have even germinated already.  I anticipate we will be eating plenty of fresh lettuce, spinach, and snap peas within the next month. Maybe even some strawberries!

Here are the photo updates: 

Spinach, lettuce, and the new tomatoes:


Snap peas:


We will keep our fingers crossed that I don't have to repeat another tomato burial.  Happy gardening!  Cheers!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Progress report

I got a little daring and went ahead and planted my whole garden over the weekend... Including tomatoes. Fingers crossed that we don't get any more snow! 

In the first bed, lettuce and spinach has already come up, and I've planted 2 brandywine tomatoes, 1 Roma, 1 sun sugar, which is a yellow cherry tomato variety, and a new one- Independence Day- a smaller fruited early variety.  I have a spot reserved for a Brandyboy as well.  Seeds waiting to come up are kale, Brussels sprouts, cukes, and my zucchini, Cozelle.  

The strawberries are coming right along. 

And in the far bed, the snap peas are up, along with a few carrots. Waiting for beets, butternut squash, and my favorite Fortex green beans.