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I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

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I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Wyldflower on 5/17/2010, 1:28 am

Some of the tomatoes, all of the peppers and eggplant...

Yesterday was the 'official' last frost date. I've got covers at the ready. I just couldn't bear to wait any longer!


Here are the two veggie beds - you can just see the corner of the potato bed...



I've got thirteen empty squares here, reserved for some herbs, and I'm not sure what else. I may also build one more 3'x6' box, since I have the Trex composite board to do that with. The next project is going to have to be the trellis, I think.

I've got a ton of flowers that need to be planted, too, but many of them will probably go in the non-SFG bed in the front yard.

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  boffer on 5/17/2010, 1:56 am

Good for you! Ya gotta take the plunge sometime. Did you get your money's worth out of your grandkids yesterday?!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/17/2010, 9:50 am

I'm not feeling brave, but I got most of mine in yesterday and will put the rest in today. My husband has scheduled a week at the ocean and the person watering my garden doesn't want to mess with seedlings. I'm not feeling good about it, I would like to wait a couple of weeks but don't want to loose them all together. I and they will be fine, I'm sure. I'll probably put pic in the toy box later today.

I missed that your grandkids were coming. How fun!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  nancy on 5/17/2010, 10:48 am

Wyldflower - I put mine in on Saturday. I love your pics! We spent a couple hours at the garden and put in everything we had. I got 2 of the new boxes built, but they aren't filled yet. It's supposed to rain all week, so I don't know when I'll get back down there. I bought strawberries yesterday, so I really want to get their bed built asap. I'm half tempted to build it in the rain!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Wyldflower on 5/17/2010, 12:50 pm

@boffer wrote:Good for you! Ya gotta take the plunge sometime. Did you get your money's worth out of your grandkids yesterday?!

My granddaughter and her boyfriend were a great help... but my grandson couldn't come around... something about a friend's birthday.

The kids helped to fill in the box (mix had settled and needed to be brought up to level), plant the box, weed the earlier box, plant strawberries and raspberries (non-SFG beds) and put together my hanging baskets for the front porch, along with some general maintenance on the yard. I'd say I got my money's worth- all it cost me was a pizza and a couple of sodas.

Grandkids are great... they'll do for Oma what the don't do at home! LOL

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Post  timwardell on 5/17/2010, 2:31 pm

Looking good Wyldflower! Here's hoping you're done with the cold weather.

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Post  silverbug on 5/17/2010, 3:22 pm

Yay! I did it too; put in all the tomatoes and peppers, etc...this past weekend. So far, so good, and I'm crossing my fingers. Sometimes we just have to say it's time.

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  auntiemommy on 5/17/2010, 4:20 pm

I got mine in as well, right after Mother's Day actually. I did have to cover them one night, but then it didn't get as cold as they said it might. Mother's Day is our big flower and plant shopping trip at the greenhouse, so I usually get them out shortly after that. (I buy tomato and pepper plants)

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  aspiegardner on 5/17/2010, 9:02 pm

Looks great. I am taking the plunge and planting on Wed. it was rainy yesterday and I am busy til Wed.

I will be busy building a strawberry pyramid this weekend and maybe another box or two not sure yet.

I have a lot I want to do in the garden and digging all the weeds/yuck in that area is top priority. Its a huge area and nothing's been done to it in years.

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  JonRigby2005 on 5/17/2010, 10:13 pm

I just harvested my first 3 tomatoes of the season, sorry i had to rub it in from sunny florida;)

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Wyldflower on 5/17/2010, 11:17 pm

@JonRigby2005 wrote:I just harvested my first 3 tomatoes of the season, sorry i had to rub it in from sunny florida;)

gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

nah... I wouldn't trade my view of Pikes Peak for earlier tomatoes.... anticipation!

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Post  Leighfluver on 5/17/2010, 11:28 pm

Wyldflower, you hold onto your vista! That's the way! LOL!

I just put my tomatoes in the boxes this afternoon. Our frost date here is Mem Day, approx. We have not had the frosts this May that they have called for, so while the soil is a bit cool, I put paper over my beds as mulch and put my tomatoes and peppers in.

We are going on vacation this next week, and so long as we get some rain, I am looking forward to having the earliest garden in our area!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Theresa on 5/20/2010, 8:32 pm

Wyldflower your gardens look great! Hope your tomatoes do good and the weather warms up for you!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Wyldflower on 5/20/2010, 10:04 pm

Thanks everyone!

this evening I started harvesting some lettuce and spinach and green onion for my salad.... first harvest! woohoo!!

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  quiltbea on 5/22/2010, 9:54 pm

You were brave to put in tomatoes, but that's the good thing about SFG. If it doesn't work, you put in another plant to replace it later.
I hope they are all growing well for you.
I put most of my tomatoes in today even tho our last frost date is May 30th, but we've had some great spring weather and I have my heavy row cover ready in case of any imminent frost.
Enjoy.

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Post  Wyldflower on 5/27/2010, 12:54 am

I've moved the basil that was between my tomatoes and put in MORE tomatoes! So my northern edge is all tomatoes except for one tomatillo in the middle. I put two basil plants together in each of two squares, and my second row is filled with eggplant, peppers and basil. I've also put in a fennel that I bought, and one fennel seed in the same square.


Then I've seeded the remaining squares with Cilantro, Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Parsnips, Turnips and radishes. Seed packets are in the picture so I remember what is where... two squares of each.



The potato patch is growing like crazy, and I'll be covering the plants with dried leaves that I had bagged up last fall.


And best of all - I've got one tomato plant that's flowering! The Stupice has about four flowers now! AND there are actual tomatillos starting!


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Post  The Cynergist on 5/27/2010, 7:14 am

Great shots. I put in my tomato and cucumber plants and something got to them. I think maybe the birds; just took the tops right off!

Did you have the basil just because you wanted it, or did it serve a purpose like acting as a repellant?

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Wyldflower on 5/27/2010, 10:59 am

@The Cynergist wrote:...Did you have the basil just because you wanted it, or did it serve a purpose like acting as a repellant?

I love PESTO! ... and Caprese Salad (Sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar).

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Post  quiltbea on 5/27/2010, 11:07 am

Cynergist, it was probably cutworm that got your plants if the tops were right off. They curl around the base of the stem and eat thru it so it topples.

Take two toothpicks and put them alongside the base of the stem on two sides and push it into the ground whenever you transplant those with stems. The cutworm can't curl around the stem with the toothpicks in the way. Works great.

Wyldflower...Great pics of your garden. It looks like you are doing a good job.
I just learned something about herbs which is probably why my basil died. They only need half as much watering as veggies so don't overwater your herbs.

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Re: I got brave, and put in some of my tomatoes!

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/27/2010, 11:13 am

@Wyldflower wrote:I love PESTO! ... and Caprese Salad (Sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar).

Oh oh OH..... I have a summer pasta thing I like that is close to your salad!

I dress angle hair with garlicky-pesto and balsamic. Then, instead slicing the tomatoes, I cube them (Romas are easy but anything fresh is better) and chiffinad (sp? Roll leaves tight, slice thin) the basil. Toss it into cold pesto-pasta with cubes of (fresh is best) mozzarella. Toasted walnuts and a bit of pepper make a nice finish.

Deborah ....mmmmmm

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