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.