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Planted my "garden" yesterday

MadMom's picture

Took advantage of my strong Irish DSIL, who could carry two bags of potting mix plus a 50 pound bag of sand which I could barely lift, and the two wanna be farmer grandsons and planted my garden yesterday.  Moved the varigated lemon tree, the meyer lemon, and the miniature orange tree back outside, found they had weathered winter nicely.  Put the blueberry plant, which did not seem to weather winter as nicely, in the "plant graveyard."  This is an area near a tree in the back yard where I put pots full of what I think might be dead plants.  Some of them come back to life, so never want to throw them out.


Put some Italian flatleafed parsley and some cilantro, oregano, and other herbs into pots.  Found my onion chives had not only weathered the winter, but they had come back with a vengeance, which was nice.  Then we first planted the upside down tomato plants.  That was fun.  Nowhere could I find directions, so I improvised, put them upside down through the holes, bunching the plant as necessary to get it through.  Had a cherry tomato plant, a red tomato plant, and a pretty one which was striped red and yellow (you don't think I know names, do you?)  What I thought was a yellow tomato plant was actually a yellow pepper, so it got planted upside down also.  On top, we planted three herbs and some leeks.  Then I got to the Earthboxes.  Grandsons helped with those, and at oldest grandson's insistence, one was devoted to strawberries.  The other has spinach on one side (older grandson's favorite) and broccoli on the other (younger grandson's favorite.)  Took two of the leftover spinach and two of the leftover broccoli plants and put them on top of the upside down tomatoes.  No place to put my beans and peas, which are supposed to sprout within the next week, so ordered another earth box.  It should arrive about March 26-28, so will have another planting day next weekend.


I'm really excited about everything.  Don't know how much will grow, but it was fun to plant it all.  If everything grows, I might just order more earthboxes when they go on sale and plant more next year.  The boys love to come over and see what's "pickable" and play farmer for me.  Now I also have carrots planted in the sprouter, so will have to figure out somewhere to put them.  Might just dig up some of the garden and see if they grow there.  It's been a haven for clover and vinca, so wouldn't be a great loss to pull it all up.  We certainly don't have a big space which gets sufficient sun, so the earthboxes have been a godsend...I hope!  We'll have to wait and see how they produce. 




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Gretchen's picture

(post #52087, reply #1 of 139)

where did you get your upside down tomatoes. I saw them at BiLo the other day--had only see mail order until then.  Might be fun--AND effective.

Gretchen

Gretchen
MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #2 of 139)

I got mine at Sam's - about $49 and it is larger than the ones I've seen advertised on TV.  Who knows if it will work, but I figure it's always worth a try!  When I get back from the gym, I'll take a picture or two of "my garden" and you can see it.



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #52087, reply #4 of 139)

My mom gave me her upside down tomato thing last year and I put in four plants - they didn't do well, but none of my tomatoes did, lots of blossom rot. The basil and marigolds on top did okay though.


I think 2 plants might be enough for the size of my container though. And I'm not sure what I used last year, but this year I'll be sure they are "patio" varieties.


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #52087, reply #5 of 139)

Blossom rot has to do with fertilizer (need carbonate, I think it is) and a constant watering routine--mustn't dry out. We had arranged for a neighbor boy to water our patio, etc, including the tomatoes. He finked out and the tomatoes that had formed at the time of the non-watering had rot. The ones that came on later were OK.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Risottogirl's picture

(post #52087, reply #6 of 139)

That is interesting to hear. The nursery and most of the farmers here in MA have attributed the massive blossom rot last year to the very wet early to mid summer. I was at a seminar yesterday at UMass extention and they said the same thing - could the different reaons be somewhat regional ?

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #52087, reply #7 of 139)

Well, yes, it is uneven watering. I guess that scenario would fit also.  We just don't ever have that problem!!   ;o)

Gretchen


Edited 3/23/2009 8:23 am ET by Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #8 of 139)

The seeds I planted for the green beans, peas, and carrots, have grown like crazy.  I ordered another Earthbox for the green beans and peas, which we will plant this weekend, and have some asparagus coming in next week, I hope.  I asked the man if it would grow in partial sun like in my big garden, and he swears it will, so I might try that there, along with the carrots.  Ray thinks I'm overdoing it, but what does he know!



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Ozark's picture

(post #52087, reply #11 of 139)

It is a calcium deficiency in the fruit. Various causes.


Good article here.


http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/blossom-rot.html


 


 


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Risottogirl's picture

(post #52087, reply #13 of 139)

Really interesting - thanks!!

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

helena1's picture

(post #52087, reply #3 of 139)

Sounds lovely :o). Hope you get a nice 'crop' :o)

ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52087, reply #9 of 139)

I love the Earthboxes and I have three ready to go for this season.  I planted lettuce in two and I have tomatoes ready to go into the boxes, plus my two idle hanging planters will have a use this year! 


Take a look at this...I planted basil at the top of mine and another has a strawberry plant (just for show if nothing else).  I'll take photos when the rain stops.


http://www.curbly.com/DIY-Maven/posts/1620-how-to-make-an-upside-down-tomato-planter#jump


 




 


FL.Cook's picture

(post #52087, reply #73 of 139)

What lettuces have you planted?  I am buying two boxes to take back to MI for the summer, one for herbs and one for lettuce.  I am good with the herbs but have not planted lettuce.

Carole

Carole
ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52087, reply #74 of 139)

I planted a red leaf and romaine.  It was all that they had at the time, but you can see that they are doing quite well, crammed in and I pick everyday.  Leave for heads of lettuce if you wish, but it is so hot here (starting next week) that baby lettuce is the way to go at the beach!


Other lettuces are available so try what you like and in leafy things, I do over plant, pick early and then plant another veggie in their spots.




 



Edited 4/21/2009 9:09 pm ET by ICDOCEAN1

FL.Cook's picture

(post #52087, reply #75 of 139)

Everything looked wonderful!!  I will do the leaf for sure, but have you ever planted Boston lettuce?  I have planted many things in my day, but somehow lettuce was never one of the things.  Really strange!! I have done everything from peas to potatoes to celery to carrots, strawberries, watermelon, carrots, etc.  Herbs, of course.  Since we have salads every night, I think that would be the  way to go!

Carole

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52087, reply #76 of 139)

I would not hesitate to plant Boston or Bibb lettuce in an EarthBox!  Gor for it! More lettuce, the bettter.


 


 




 


Geoffchef's picture

(post #52087, reply #10 of 139)

I do find it so amusing when you refer to your "winter". ;-)


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #12 of 139)

Smartass.  I know our winter isn't nearly like yours, but we almost had three snow days this year, neener neener.  (As someone pointed out, if they had snow days up north, the schools would never be open, LOL!)  I'm so excited about my "garden" - just hope it all grows.  You know, you could come down and see it!



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Geoffchef's picture

(post #52087, reply #14 of 139)

My theory is still that we freeze our best brain cells the first winter here and then we're too stupid to leave.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #15 of 139)

There may be some truth to that, LOL.  Or, the rest of us are too smart (or not hardy enough) to live there.  I'll take four seasons, with winter a short one!



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kathymcmo's picture

(post #52087, reply #16 of 139)

That is hilarious!

msm-s's picture

(post #52087, reply #17 of 139)

Woo Hoo! Digging in the new yard yesterday, taking advantage of the rain-soaked ground to dig up turf to replant fave azaleas and roses I dug up from my old yard, and I spaded up a 1918 standing liberty quarter! It's beautiful, tho the details are a bit softened by wear. They are apparently fairly scarce, as a passing neighbor told me, so I got on the internet and found that ones in similar worn condition go for around $80, far less than ones in mint condition. I'm keeping it though, it's so cool and a memorable souvenir of our new house.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #52087, reply #18 of 139)

Wow, how deep did you dig!? I wonder how long it's been buried there. Cool find.

msm-s's picture

(post #52087, reply #19 of 139)

I was spading up sod to put in a flower bed and the quarter was only about 4 - 6" under ground. House was built in 1928, so it likely was at least 10 yrs old when it fell out of someone's pocket in the yard, possibly during the building of the house when the ground was all torn up. but- you never know how many transofromations the yard has undergone. It could have been later than that, or even earlier than that, when the land was vacant, but during the building of the house seems most logical.
I LOVE pondering the history of these little treasures!
Pays to do your own yard work and do it by hand :-)
This kind of neat stuff is what keeps us DIYers going when we want to throw in the towel LOL. My contractor found a neat old tobacco tin up over in the 10' ceiling when he was cutting holes for the kitchen recessed lighting; probably a lazy framer or plaster man stuck it up there rather than bring it down to the trash.
A friend who owns a gorgeous house ca 1910 has heard a legend that there is a rare bottle of brandy hidden in her walls somewhere by the original owner. Could be true, but without more specifics, it's not worth tearing out all the old plaster and lath!

TracyK's picture

(post #52087, reply #20 of 139)

That is so cool! :-)


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Heather's picture

(post #52087, reply #21 of 139)

What a great find! The only things I ever discover are little cars and toys that my kids left after playing in the dirt 25 or 30 years ago.

msm-s's picture

(post #52087, reply #22 of 139)

Those are treasures too!

Heather's picture

(post #52087, reply #23 of 139)

They bring back happy memories, that's for sure.

MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #24 of 139)

I think that's great.  My dad had a horrible habit of burying money around his house, and when my Mom sold it, AntiCook and I found several stashes, but I would be willing to bet there's more.  Wonder if I would get shot if I were found digging up someone else's yard?  Probably!



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msm-s's picture

(post #52087, reply #25 of 139)

Pretend you're from one of those DIY network landscape ambush shows and offer to redo their yard ;-)

MadMom's picture

(post #52087, reply #26 of 139)

Hmmmm...there's an idea.  After I dig it all up, whether I find anything or not, I could just disappear.  Say I'm going to the corner for a pack of cigarettes, LOL.



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