Saturday, May 19, 2007

Two Little Ones

I planted my garden this week. Well, it's not really a garden, but 8 tomato plants and 5 pepper plants. Matt says I need to "try" it for a year before I jump into having a large garden.
It took me 2 days to get the ground ready but I finally have the plants in. I went out to water this morning and found two tiny tomatoes on my cherry tomato plants. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
When I started I stripped all the weeds, errrr I mean grass. Then I added a compost with cow manure before planting the small plants. Some of the leaves are yellowing, primarily near the base of the plant. I am sure it is from not planting them right away. Should I cut these leaves off? Add something to the soil? We had a garden in Illinois at our first house, but things seem much higher maintenance down here.
My hope is these plants really take off and I have enough tomatoes to make fresh salsa and to possibly can some sauce or even salsa.

If this goes well next year I want to try cucumbers, beans, zucchini and carrots. I would love some gardening tips, especially from those who live in the South.

6 comments:

it's me, Val said...

I have tons of gardening tips but you don't want them from me because I'm not in the south ;-p

Everything looks great so far.

Anonymous said...

There are natural ways to keep your garden looking green and healthy. Maintaining your garden by lightly saturating it daily with water and using your compost soil will dramatically perk up the growth in your plants. The premium time to water your garden is in the early morning, so rise and shine! And for all those who can’t stand reeling in the hose, here is something for you. Check out the No Crank hose reel by going to the link below. The power of water pressure rewinds the hose so you don’t have to! Water is a vital part of a flower's life, but too much can upset the delicate balance of nutrient production. Too little will have the same effect. The outward signs of too much water are wilting and yellowing of leaves, especially those in the inner areas of the plant. Vegetables need about an inch of water each week.

A good way to test the texture of your soil is with the “Ribbon Test.” After you take a soil sample, roll it back and forth in your hand. If it sticks together easily, it is high in clay, if it simply falls apart, it is probably has a lot of sand. Clay soils don’t drain well and are difficult for the roots to penetrate. Sandy soils drain well but don’t retain nutrients. Adding organic material will help both sandy and clay soils. Not sure how to make compost, well it’s simple. Start with a layer of chopped leaves, grass clippings and kitchen waste like banana peels, eggshells, old lettuce leaves, apple cores, coffee grounds, and whatever else is available. Keep adding materials until you have a six-inch layer, then cover it with three to six inches of soil, manure, or finished compost. Your plants will love this natural food! Did you know the soil can determine the color of the hydrangeas you grow? Check out the link below for some awesome gardening tips.

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Kelly said...

No advice, since I'm in the far north. But I'll be eagerly following your progress! I started gardening three years ago, and it's become something I look forward to so much.

Erin said...

My hubby and I just made our garden today! I'm so excited, I've never had a garden before. Unlike you, I'm just jumping in full tilt! Sorry, no tips as I'm new to this and I'm in a different climate (and country!). Good luck, let us know how it all goes.

SuperMom said...

Water. Tomatoes need LOTS of water, especially when they're first planted. You want to encourage the roots to grow down, but if they don't get enough water (and I mean a LOT) the roots will be very shallow and your plant won't be healthy.

I water my tomato plants daily. When they're really large (like almost full grown) they probably get a half to three fourths of a watering can.

I can't say for sure, but your soil looks pretty dry to me and I feel fairly confident saying that's your problem.

Kim said...

Mmmm, I love tomatoes!!! Good luck with the garden!