Hey folks, as my toddler sits next to me yelling for me to get off the computer, I am reminded of why it has taken me so long to actually blog the last few days. 🙂 Anyway, I am very excited because my Tomato transplants came in last week. (Yes, I am just now blogging about them. I am a SAHM and I work at home too- not blogging- so I have limited free time.) Wow, I am full of side notes this morning. So back to the Tomatoes. I ordered them from Seed Savers Exchange, which is where I get most of my seeds. I love them by the way. They always do great. So when I finally got my LIVE PLANTS box I was super pumped!
See how beautiful the plants are? I got the SSE Tomato Transplant Sampler. I believe (not 100%) that I got the following: Amish Paste, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Italian Heirloom, Gold Medal (?) and Germand Pink. I put the names somewhere, but if I had to spend time searching for those, this post might never get published! 😉 SSE chooses the varieties and they look great. Only thing is that I wish I had had a grape size tomato, but I can always do that next year or plant them in a pot.
I mentioned in the A to Z Challenge that I was going to try the idea from A Sonoma Garden about putting pipes around your tomato plants to deeply water them. So, I decided to make some. We used PVC pipe that is smaller than what A Sonoma Garden used. My husband didn’t think we needed anything bigger than 1.5″ and I didn’t show him the tutorial before we went shopping (oops me), but I think they’ll work fine. I don’t care about getting 10 feet plants- just healthy ones will do for me! One thing I did learn and why A Sonoma Garden probably used drainage pipe instead of pvc, is that Lowe’s does not cut PVC pipe at the store and I’m 99% sure they do cut drainage pipe. So my husband had to cut our pipe and drill holes in it. We made them 18 inches long. Since the soil is so sandy here I wasn’t worried about using post hole diggers to dig them (a mallet works just fine). So, to make sure the dirt would stay out of the holes, I ghetto rigged up a system of screening material (that I also used to put in the bottom of my flower pots for drainage), and masking tape. It seemed to work well. I always try to do things on the cheap. Growing your own food is supposed to help you cut costs, right? I have a picture of my tomato plants planned for a future post, but just know that I planted 5 in the ground and 1 in a topsy turvy.
Yes, I am using a topsy turvy this year. Will it work? I’m not sure, but I am optimistic. My sweet dear husband bought me the topsy turvy last year and in honor of him (he’s still alive don’t think otherwise, hee hee) I am using it for my Amish Paste tomatoes (one of the smaller kind I received). So I am praying and hoping, and praying, that they grow and do wonderfully. I know some people claim the topsy turvy works so I hope they are right.
I have an upcoming post on how my garden as a whole is coming up!