YEAH!!!! I finally got my tomatoes in the ground! The pictures show the process…the tomato guru who lives down the block from me told me how he plants tomatoes and I did what he said. Dig a deep hole, put a handful of old manure in the bottom and a banana peel, place a layer of dirt over that then put in the plant, removing the bottom 2 or 3 leaves and mound the dirt ¼ the way up the stalk. Finally, cover the mound with another handful of manure. Water them well to set them, and viola, you have a pretty row of tomatoes. It is so nice to finally get them done! Hope it does not hail this weekend!
Yeah! Everything survived the snow! Thankfully, the snow melted the next day and the water has drained fairly well. Our backyard turns into a pond with 4 to 6 inches of standing water anytime it rains, so I have been a little worried about everything drowning. But, the garden area seems to be draining much better this year. Everything is looking good and coming up nice and strong. I will start planting tomatoes and herbs as soon as it dries out. Oh yeah, it is supposed to rain tonight too.
It is time to plant tomatoes and such in most places from Oklahoma on south. If you have dry ground, go ahead and start planting. It might still frost one or two more times but just cover them with paper bags or cardboard boxes or hay or straw and they should be fine. Dad always told me that most plants can survive a light freeze (30-35 degrees F) but the frost will always get them. So make sure they are protected from the frost more than insulated from the cold. As always, have fun!!
March 19, 2009
I am still waiting for things to germinate before I plant anything else. The carrots are just starting to cut through the dirt and the lettuce and chard are the same way. I planted some mustard as a cover crop in places where I have not worked the dirt as well as I would like. The spots are along my fence where I am planting beans later and the mustard is supposed to have long deep roots that help break up the soil. It has a lot of work to do for me!!! The mustard is already coming up. I think I planted the carrots too deep but they are trying so I hope I did not mess them up too much! The peas and spinach are looking real good. Just a few more weeks and I can start planting my other stuff like tomatoes, squash and eggplant.
I am going to add more manure to the dirt when I plant the later stuff. I am also top dressing all the plants that I am planting with compost. Top dressing is placing compost in top of the soil around the plants after transplanting. Enjoy the spring in your neck of the woods!
We have recently added graphics of the plant tags to each variety page of Charley’s Vegetables. This will allow you to get a visual on what each variety of vegetable looks like and also become familiar with the Charley’s Vegetables tags. Now you will know what to look for when you go to buy your vegetables.
We are currently shipping Charley’s Veggies to southern Louisiana, Dallas/Fort Worth and have also shipped a few shipments in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
If you are in any of these areas and are interested in purchasing Charley’s Veggies, you can contact you local garden center and request that they carry them; or you can leave a comment here on the blog, and we can let you know where the nearest garden center is to you that carries Charley’s Veggies.