Early Girl Tomato
I’m just getting started with this gardening thing, and am enjoying the entire process so far. This past winter I started a good chunk of our vegetables and flowers from seed, and I’d say I was about 50% successful with that. Overwatering stunted quite a few of my pepper plants, so of the 21 pepper plants in my garden, about 6 of them are my own. The rest were supplemented by plants I purchased from some good folks at the Rochester Farmer’s Market.
My tomatoes still aren’t ripe and ready, but I’ve got quite a few on the stem. The largest so far is a purple heirloom variety (Purple Cherokee) that I bought from Seed Savers in Decorah. So far it’s even ahead of the Early Girl and roma varieties. Aside from the peppers and tomatoes, we’re also working on a hodge podge of other vegetables.
My son really wanted to grow pumpkins, so we gave it a try. Despite only 1 of 6 seeds growing, it’s overtaking our back fence. It’s flowering quite a bit and we’re looking forward to carving our own homegrown jack-o-lanterns. We’re also growing eggplant, onions, carrots, cucumbers, squash, a couple varieties of lettuce, dry beans and green beans, and the ever-producing rhubarb plants that we’ve managed a couple harvests from already this year.
Pumpkin vines on fence
I’m waiting on more seasonably warm weather and more frequent rains, as all gardeners and farmers are, to help us out in the watering department. Rain chances over the next week are only for the occasional and isolated thundershower, so we’ll have to keep watering until this pattern shifts.
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This post was written by Randy on July 21, 2009