Here is what Peg has to say about her Parks Whopper Tomato:
YIKES! After 3 years of failed gardens thanks to deer, rabbit, squirrels and deer, I decided to plant ONE tomato plant in a 20 gal. pot on my deck with the hopes of getting a few tomato’s a week. Well, as of today my “Whopper” has produced over 70 tomato’s!!! averaging 12 ounces each. The first ones were picked on 7/1/13. The plant is now over 7 feet wide and just won’t quit! Kudos, Parks Bros.
The stick on the ground in front of the plant is a yard stick-to give you a sense of size. Just picked 6 more tomato’s this a.m. What would I have EVER done if I planted a dozen plants! LOL
After being gone a week, we got out in the garden with Charley and picked us some fresh vegetables. The garden looks good and is doing well. The heat has Charley watering a little more than usual. Our pepper plants are a little short because he planted them later than usual but we are still getting a lot of peppers. The squash have done their thing and will be plowed up so the Charley can replant some squash seed.
I have never picked okra until last night. I am not sure I ever will again.
Had some of the cantaloupe for breakfast and Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes at lunch. Both were delicious.
I finally got a chance to get out and take a look at Charley’s Garden. It is off to a great start this summer. We are enjoying lots of squash, peppers and cucumbers already.
Here are some pictures of his garden now.
I have been very neglectful in posting here. I had to have a second surgery on my leg which knocked me out of all of last summer. My dad had a garden for us but it as so hot, nothing did well. The key to that last statement is “nothing did well.”
If you were a new gardener and did not have any luck, don’t sweat it. Professional farmers had a hard time keeping crops alive last summer. We are back again this year with another garden. We are a little dry and are already having to water some, but everything looks good so far.
Here are some pictures to get us all started.
It has been a long while since I posted anything here. Last summer’s massive heat wave here made any thing to do with gardening disastrous. Last summer’s stationary high set in on us, and we were dead center of it. Where we live, we in a river valley with the Boston Mountains to our north and the Ouachita Mountains to our south. The high press basically put us in the bottom of a pressure cooker. Out highs would be 5-15 degrees higher than towns 50 miles away from us in any direction. Basically, it was merciless and miserable, and our garden cooked on the plants.
In addition to that, I had to have another surgery on my leg which left me out of commission June and July so all the stuff I planned on doing about gardening and add it here. Now here I am a year later and still on crutches. So I am not sure if any of my gardening will happen again this year. At the very least, I want to build a couple of raised beds. We will see.
As for now, here are some pictures of this year’s Charley’s Vegetables and Herbs from March.
We are already shipping Herbs, Garden Vegetables, Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers and Strawberries to garden centers near you. If you can’t find a garden center near you, we can ship direct to you through Becky’s Bloomers at www.buygardenvegetables.com.
Here are some pictures from the past week or so:
A quick list of how to have a successful garden.
- Location – all gardens need as much sun as possible. Gardens need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day. 12 hours of sunshine is better.
- Tools – you will need tools to prepare the soil and plant your vegetables. Standard items are hoe, garden rake, shovel, hand trowel. If you are more power tool oriented a tiller works well in preparing the soil, but there is not a lot you can’t accomplish in the garden with a hoe and a shovel.
- Compost or other organic soil amendments – adding these elements to your garden can help your plants be healthier, resist diseases better and produce larger yields.
- Add any fertilizer recommended on the How To Grow pages.
- Plants – the top vegetable garden plants are: Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash and Okra. Watermelons and Cantaloupe are almost tied with Okra.
- Water your plants in well after you have planted them then water them as needed until they get established and start growing. After they are established, water them good once a week with a deep slow soaking.
- Be sure to follow up with additional fertilizing as recommended on the How To Grow pages and prune and stake your tomatoes.
- Pull weeds or hoe early and often.
- Harvest as recommended so that your plants will keep producing.
- Bonus: stagger your plantings so that you have ripe vegetables all season long.
This is my absolute favorite time of year…when it is well and truly summer. Time for swimsuits and running through the sprinklers and for me, time for the sunflowers to bloom. I watch expectantly every June for the first sign of color on my sunflowers. For when they bloom, I know summer is really here and the squash and tomatoes will ripen very soon.
Today has been a rainy summery day. A nice summer rain is so purifying. It cleans everything, and even though, it is blah and gray today, I know that tomorrow everything will be shiny green and so crisp and clean looking after the washing the rain gives.
I have pictures of my first sunflowers and a few other things from my garden. Hope you enjoy seeing my garden as much as I enjoy sharing it with you. Happy gardening!