Monday, March 26, 2018

Tomatoes 2018

Tomato Bed 2018
Getting ready for summertime usually starts with getting the tomatoes situated.  In the past, I have been too ambitious or not ambitious at all.  This year, I hope to land squarely in the middle.  With a mix of heirloom and hybrids (and not too many of either) there has to be a balance.  Farmer MacGregor selected most of the varieties and I think he did a great job.

The heirlooms are planted on the western most edge of the bed (circled in red) to form a shade for other tomatoes as the blazing hot Hades sun moves from East to West.  These plants will be strung as they grow.  The green posts form the support.  Twine will be installed as the heirlooms grow and need support.  Fingers crossed for a nice curtain of tomatoes.  There are 1 of each:  German Johnson, Kellogg's Breakfast, Old German, and Pruden's Purple.  (Hmmm.  Planted in alphabetical order - top to bottom.  That sounds like me.)

The hybrids have cages for support.  They shouldn't get very tall; but hopefully they will get heavy.  There are 2 Better Boys, 1 Sweet 100 (cherry), and 1 Sun Gold (cherry).

All the plants have been stripped of their lower branches and leaves and planted deep to encourage a strong root system.  Each was provided a good dose of Garden & Bloom Harvest Supreme soil amendment and some organic tomato food.  Fortunately, the recent rains made the soil soft and easy to work with. Overcast skies also helped all the plants with a gentle introduction into the garden.

There are already blossoms that should thrive with the coming heat.  Here's to low weeds and high tomato production this summer.


Rowena said...

Good for you! Over here it's still too cold for putting anything into the ground except peas, so I will admire your tomato progress while mine still sit indoors, barely showing the 2nd set of leaves.

David said...

Maybelline, different parts of the country have such different challenges. Ours here in Nebraska is always frost, hail, and wind. It's looks like there is heat. I didn't know tomatoes could get too hot but I suppose there is a limit to there heat love. All mu seedlings are still in the basement bunker under the grow lights. I haven't even been able to get them outside for some hardening off. When the high is only 35 degrees with snow and wind, it's not too favorable to hardening off plants. But I'm not in any big hurry this year. There's plenty to do when you own a house.

I am envious of your tomatoes. I'm guessing there won't be any tomatoes here until almost August this year but I've noticed that years like this the plants have a way to catching up to a normal season's growth.

Have a great day in the sunshine.

Nebraska Dave

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