The First Vegetables of 2009

The First Vegetables of 2009

On June 1, 2009, I picked my first vegetable of the season from my vegetable garden. It was a very nice yellow straightneck squash. There should be more Straightneck squash, some zucchini, and some sweet banana peppers coming soon. There are a couple very small tomatoes beginning to sprout, along with some carrots, beets, and radishes. Everything seems to be growing just dandy. I do wish the tomatoes were a little bit further along, but I'm … [Read more...]

How To Thin Seedlings

How To Thin Seedlings

You have worked hard on planning, preparing, and planting your vegetable garden. It is a delight to walk out to the garden and find that all the hard work has paid off with a bounty of beautiful seedlings sprouting.But now you must do the unthinkable, the diabolical - the insane. You must thin your seedlings.This is a very tough pill for most gardeners to swallow, because naturally we want to keep and nurture every seedling that … [Read more...]

Blooms In The Vegetable Garden

Blooms In The Vegetable Garden

Most of the vegetables in the garden have been planted for a little over a month now, and are progressing fairly well. I thought it would be a good time to share some pictures of the blooms so far in the garden. I am starting to get some baby squash, zucchini, and banana peppers. I can't wait for the the little green balls of tomatoes to start coming. Hopefully, it will be soon.Here are some pictures of my vegetable … [Read more...]

Create a Container Herb Garden

Create a Container Herb Garden

Creating a container herb garden is very simple and only takes a few minutes. You can place this herb garden on a deck or patio so that it is near the kitchen for easy access when needed. Another perk of having it on a deck or patio is the wonderful fragrance your container herb garden will provide while spending time relaxing outdoors. This method of container herb gardening is also fairly inexpensive.The PlayersFirst, you will need a … [Read more...]

Topsy Turvy Tomatoes

Topsy Turvy Tomatoes

One rainy day a couple weeks ago I was kicked back in the recliner catching up on some recently missed TV shows. While flipping through the channel I came across an infomercial about growing tomatoes using the Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter. For those that have no clue what a Topsy Turvy is, it is a system for growing tomatoes upside down. That's right.... upside down.The infomercial claimed the Topsy Turvy could grow about 60 pounds … [Read more...]

My Zucchini Plant Progress

My Zucchini Plant Progress

My zucchini plants have been in the ground almost a month, so I figured it would be a great time to post about their progression thus far. I must say they are growing far quicker than I ever expected. The zucchini are already blooming and have started producing some baby zucchini. I have never really had a vegetable start blooming and producing this early in the season - it's not even Memorial Day yet! I am not sure if this is a good sign or a … [Read more...]

My Tomato Plants – 3 Weeks Later

My Tomato Plants 3 Weeks Later

It has been a month since I planted my tomato plants, and I figured I would give an update on them. I planted 11 tomato plants in my garden on April 14th, 2009 and added two more tomato plants on May 3rd, 2009 for a total of 13 tomato plants. Some gardeners think having 13 plants is bad luck, but don't go getting superstitious on me (if I don't get any tomatoes this year, I will reconsidered my feelings on superstitions).Here's a picture of … [Read more...]

How To Fertilize Tomato Plants

How To Fertilize Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are vigorous, fast growing, and heavy feeding plants which require fertilization a few times during the season. Tomatoes have specific nutritional needs such as nitrogen, phosphate, potash, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other micro-nutrients to build cell wall structure and increase plant vigor.There has been much debate about what kind of fertilizer to use, how often to use it, and how to apply it. Here I will explain how I … [Read more...]

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