Thursday, May 28, 2009

Garden Update 5-28-09

Its been an exciting week for our little container garden. Things are growing - yay! We picked our first cherry tomato and will use it tonight in a salad with other tomatoes. Also, last week, while straightening up the dining area of our home, I picked up the box that contained all of the heirloom seeds I ordered last fall. Because I was planting a container garden this year, I didn't use my seeds. I guess I was afraid they would not grow in containers. Anyway, I realized how silly that idea was. I mean, even if they don't grow, its okay. I can always buy more seeds, right. So, I planted my only 5 Black Krim tomato seeds last Thursday, and by Monday, they were up!! You can barely see them in the above photo. As soon as they are strong enough, 4 of them will be replanted into their own containers. If you've never had a Black Krim tomato, they are the tastiest tomatoes I've ever eaten - yummy! They make a purple/ burgandy tomato with green "shoulders" so they are interesting, as well as tasty. I'm trying not to count my tomatoes before they ripen, but its really hard.

I also planted 3 varieties of heirloom carrots in a container. I know that typically, in our climate, carrots are a fall or spring crop, but last year, I had great success planting them in summer, so I figured I might as well try again.

In addition, 3 more garlic cloves in our pantry were beginning to sprout, so I stuck those into the dirt. As you can see in the above picture ( in the background - you can see it sharing a container with the last of the baby romain), the garlic is growing very well.

We are still harvesting parsley, oregano and basil. In fact, we could really use another parsley plant or two. Since parsley winters well in our area, I think I'll add another plant or two to our garden.

The lemons are growing nicely. In fact, I had to tie supports to one of the branches as it was getting too heavy for the poor tree. And it looks like we may have fresh figs in 4-6 weeks based on their growth.

A High and Noble Calling is hosting How Does Your Garden Grow today. If you have a garden, snap a few pictures and consider participating, too.


Jenny86753oh9 said...

I've never considered growing garlic. What a great idea! I think I'll try it...anything I need to know before I start?

Lori said...

Hi Lori...from another Lori :) I have never heard of Black Krim tomatoes! I'll have to see if I can find those anywhere. You have such a wide variety of things in your garden! That's great!

Melissa said...

I've never heard of Black Krim tomatoes, either!

Great idea to plant the garlic that's already sprouting. I know I have some of that. :)

Alea said...

We do well with carrots in summer as well. (I didn't know that I wasn't supposed to plant them in the summer). I was shocked that my parsley survived the winter too!

Off to look up black Krim tomatoes...

Stephanie said...

I have never ventured into heirloom varieties but you have intrigued me. Great idea thinking out of the box with a container garden! I can't wait to see how you do throughout the growing season. Thank you for linking up to How Does Your Garden Grow!

The Book Lady Online said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. It has been fun talking gardening with other gardeners :o)

Jenny, I really don't know anything about growing garlic, lol. I just had some garlic cloves that sprouted in the pantry, so I planted them. I am just curious about what will happen. I think my kids are rubbing off on me, lol. Hopefully, not only will I learn something, but they will grow and we'll have homegrown garlic. I'll be sure to keep the blog updated.

Alea, I think in our zone (8), carrots grow better during the fall and spring. Lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and more grow here through the winter with no cold frame and are done by May. Starting in May, the temperatures during the day get into the upper 80's and by mid June, they are in the upper 90's. Last year, I got a late start with my carrots, just like this year, and they grew really well during the summer, so I decided to try again.

Lori, Melissa and Stephanie, thanks for stopping by and for the fun comments. I'll try to keep posting updates on How Does Your Garden Grow and hopefully in a few months, we'll have some nice heirloom tomatoes :o)