I grow only cherry tomatoes as I live by the ocean in Santa Monica, CA and it stays too cool to grow larger ones. Here is a list of the plants I purchased that are going to be planted this Sunday April 6, 2014. I had to go to three different vendors to get all the ones I wanted which are Laurel’s Heirloom Tomatoes, Tomatomania which holds events around Los Angeles area and Lazy Ox Farms. Laurel’s and Lazy Ox can be ordered online. Sungold – everyone’s favoriteSnow White- I grew last year and LOVED.Isis Candy – Sooo delicious. Sweet and complex flavorsSweet Baby Girl – red, sweet, a winnerPurple Haze – Beautiful color, sweet and smokey. I have grown all the above and will every year as everyone loves them (Purple Haze might lose its place to Sunchocola if it is as delicious in my garden as it was at the tasting). Here are the new ones I am trying this year. Sunchocola – I was at a tomato tasting last year and was blown away at the flavor. Sweet, smoky, complex like a wine and the color is a beautiful burgundy. I’m getting two of these. A true revelation. Orange Paruche – I am told this is the new Sungold. We will see. I have not tried. People at the tomato tasting loved it so much that it was all gone by the time I got to it. Green Doctors Frosted – this will be my first time growing a green tomato. I am told it’s hard to tell when it is ripe. It is supposed to be very sweet and a lot of people’s new favorite. Honey Drop – Golden Yellow – very sweet. I’m hearing good things about this one Blondkupchen – currant size cherry. A lot of people think this is the best tasting cherry ever. We will see. Sun Cherry – It’s by the same folks who gave us Sungold. They say it is the red version of Sungold. Supposed to be wonderful. Sweet 100 – Hard to go wrong with a classic that everyone seems to love. Believe it or not, I have never actually tasted one. Sugary – Pinkish red. Super sweet. Unusual shape with little points at both ends. Pink Bubblebee – Beautiful colors and sweet Purple Bubblebee – Beautiful colors and sweet. If you haven’t seen what the Bumblebee tomatoes look like, do a search and check it out. 22 tomato plants for me this year. This is the most I have ever planted. I will keep you all updated as to the progress and most importantly, the flavor and production. My plants are going in this Sunday in Earthboxes. I hope everyone has a great growing season! This all information using can make a Cherry Tomato garden.
What organic mix can you use in containers?What would be the fertilizer routine? It has been raining for days and I really need to get my plants started so they will be ready for the first sale in February. I can’t make cuttings because there is too much wind and my cuttings and seeds are Continue Reading →
I typically won’t attempt to save seed of tomato varieties which can easily be purchased at one of the small, family-owned seed vendors. This year, I will be growing a few varieties that I have traded for and are fairly rare. Next year, I plan on growing a large number of rare but interesting varieties. Continue Reading →
Corn is a heavy feeder. My soil is very high in everything especially phosphorus, but my pH is about 6.0. I still use a little starter nitrogen but I divide the total nitrogen into a couple of separate side dressing. Also, I use a slow N fertilizer. I can’t really find nitrogen only fertilizer that does not contain anything else. With my low pH, I can use chicken manure as is has an NPK of approx 3.0-0.5-0.5. It is also loaded with calcium which brings my pH up about 0.5 points. Only half the nitrogen is available. Otherwise, I use Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking about whether it is conceivable to plant potatoes in the fall, and on the off chance that anybody has any involvement in this. My reasoning is that: 1) It’s difficult to store potatoes until the spring, without either eating them all 🙂 or having them sprout. 2) Potatoes that are abandoned in Continue Reading →
I have a back area in my yard, about 8×30, that used to be my vegetable garden until the local critters (raccoons, rats, and mice, possums) started eating all my produce every year and leaving none for me. So I gave up on it, let it go wild, and planted a much smaller. 30 of the garden and a bunch of pots of flowers right up next to my house. Every year its a challenge fitting everything in (I don’t), so I’ve been collecting more and more pots. This year, I finally broke down and have been making gorgeous bouquets of the coreopsis, snapdragons, allium/chive, viola, gerbera daisies, delphinium, and surprise, surprise, papaver nudicaule! Who knew that poppies are fantastic cut flowers?!! I didn’t. Now I know why my Grandma – who had the most exquisite gardens ever – had banks of poppies of various kinds growing. She made dried flower arrangements, and now it comes back to me that she frequently used poppies. So now that I’m loving all these flowers and making bouquets. I thought that I could resurrect the back patch and plant a drought tolerant cutting garden. and I have so many questions! What do you recommend? My idea is to amend the soil, and then broadcast seeds, or carefully transplant the pre-germinated seeds that I start indoors on a heat mat. The main flower type would be poppies because they are so striking, seem to grow really easily here. And are a lovely cut flower – at least the Iceland version is. Are other types the same? Specifically what about Papaver rhoeas, Orientale and somniferum? If I let these varieties go to seed, will later generations appear the same? The only papaver I don’t love is the California poppy since it grows wild everywhere here. Other flowers I’m thinking of are Centaurea – the deep blue cornflower, coreopsis (another one I didn’t realize would last so long as a cut flower), Agrostemma, Orange cosmos, blue flax, and maybe white bishop’s lace (this last one is a maybe because I realize if its the exact thing that grows wild everywhere here. I’m not sure I want to change it, as it would be so much taller than all the other flowers. And I worry about its invasiveness). What do you think? The area in question is a raised bed in pretty much full sun. While I can periodically water it particularly when it’s getting established. My hope is to leave it be and water only occasionally. I do want to pick the flowers for bouquets though.
All seeds lose viability over time, but I save my crackerjack marigold seeds for a couple of years and they do fine. Some flowers like marigolds and wildflowers don’t need very rich soil. I would not fertilize unless nothing grows there at all. I would still prep the soil with compost and make sure that drainage is good. If I fertilize, which I really don’t need to do since I do soil testing, it will be side dressings after the true leaves have come out. I don’t like to start flowers in pots. They do grow, but since I do compost, they are not easy to transplant. Marigolds don’t grow in cold and wet conditions. They germinate poorly, dampen off, and get mildew and fungal diseases, so I would wait to plant until the weather is warm at least 68 degrees and you are not expecting prolonged periods of rain. However, I do like to plant seeds right before a storm Continue Reading →
All gardening is local, Vanisle_BC. You will have to try different ideas and see what happens. I do the spring interplanting but not as much since the tractor guy has become somewhat of an adversary in leaving beds more intact and not requiring so much work from me to gather soil in those beds with Continue Reading →
I have a friend with a Jack Russel’s and Rat Terriers. Those dogs are extremely hyper full of endless energy like someone that just drank 15 cups of strong black coffee. He wanted me to take care of his 2 dogs while he was on vacation. Those dogs never stopped moving from the time the sun came up until dark every day. They would run, run, run, run, run, then dig, dig, dig, dig, dig then bark, bark, bark. Run, dig & bark is all they did. Birds never had time to land in the yard the dogs were right there in 2 seconds. Good thing it was not garden season the back yard looked like a World War 2 bombed out place hardly a blade of grass left and holes everywhere. LOL. I wish I have a time-lapse video of that it was amazing. If you get a dog get 1 that is not so hyper. If you rearing a dog who will be eating all gophers from your garden. I had a cat for 14 years she kept the garden free all animals. She would catch birds sometimes and eat them. She could hear molds in the ground and dig them up in just a few seconds. I lived in town for years and we had lots of birds. We moved out to the country we have fewer birds in the country and different birds. Cat still digs up moles it makes me mad I like moles, birds, and squirrels. Cat had a stroke and died. Moles have multiplied, 2 squirrel families had 7 babies they use to be in the yard all the time but I have not seen the squirrels in 2 months. I do not want a dog they all seem to love to dig holes especially young dogs. I did not want another cat but the wife decided we need a cat. Now we have the cutest little cat you ever saw all she wants to do it play. In about a year cat will be a good garden cat. Lots of crime these days houses and cars all broken into at night in our area we might have to get a dog. Police say the best way to keep thieves away is a barking dog and motion detector lights. At the moment we have both but the dog is not ours that may be the reason thieves have not broken into our vehicles and house. Something was stolen from our yard 3 days ago neighbor returned it today someone threw it in his yard. If in your garden have any gophers please do this work then your garden will be clean from gophers.
When I lived in Arizona citrus trees were easy to grow. Mandarin orange is the best, sweet, good flavor, trees are not very large but large enough to give you 2 or 3 bushel baskets of oranges every year. Nice thing about citrus trees you do not have to pick the fruit just leave it on the tree until your ready to eat it. I had a Mandarin orange tree in my yard, my aunt had 2 orange trees, my other aunt has a lemon tree and 3 orange trees, my parents had a grapefruit tree and 1 orange tree. The fruit is ready to harvest about December. We ate the fruit from the trees and still had Continue Reading →