Thursday, March 17, 2011
Weekly Farm Update! 3/17/11
There are some tomato plants that are already developing buds that will hopefully set fruit. I know it is better to have these in bigger pots and I have some 5 gallon containers but potting mix is not the cheapest thing. I am running out of room in the garden and was thinking of moving some seedlings to the planting beds that are in front of the house. I already have a squash plant out there and it is looking great. I will need to put up some sort of supports but that shouldn't be too much of an issue. I also have room in the raised beds but just have not moved them over.
It would be nice to be able to say what variety of tomato these two plants are, but like I've said before, I need to get better at labeling. We will just need to wait and see when they set fruit.
Next stop on the update are the raised beds and not much has changed from last week. The plants in there seem to be doing fine and continue to grow. It isn't too exciting just yet but that should hopefully change soon.
There is something I am extremely excited about and that is the snow peas. The blooms kicked in as of yesterday and should be producing real soon. I remember eating these last year and loving them very much. These can be eaten fresh or cooked in a simple stir fry. I already have visions of the wonderful salads that will include these delectable morsels of deliciousness.
Along with everything that is growing now, I have also started a "strawberry patch" but in containers. The only reason I bought the plants was because I had a Topsy Turvy Strawberry planter and thought I should use it. I dragged the wife to the nursery and picked up a 6 pack of plants for only $2.99. Once home I realized it would just be easier to put them in pots. I had just bought some small pots for $1 each at Target and found them to be the right size. Even with all the pots I used, it was still less potting mix than filling the whole hanging basket.
I remembered how much the heat had fried the strawberry plant last year and decided that putting them into an old bbq pit would help me move all the plants at once. I know I could have just filled in the whole thing and planted directly in it but thought this would be good for now. I may do that later but I didn't even realize, until I took the photo, that they look "happy" in their home. I swear, I didn't do it on purpose and I just used the pots I had available to me.
This just about does it for this post and tune in next week for another one!
Photos for this week's update are HERE.