Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, and More Tomatoes


I've usually had my garden plants in the ground for a couple of weeks by this time in May, but this year I'm behind schedule. That has turned out fine, since we've had a few nights that would have endangered the plants.

Last year I didn't plant a vegetable garden at all. The pest problems had been worsening over the previous few years, so we decided to leave the garden empty for a summer. I don't know if there is any scientific or logical reason for that, but it seemed like a good idea.

Fast forward to this spring, and I've been reading about heirloom plants. I'd hoped to grow all of them from seeds, but not all of my seedlings survived the spring. So yesterday we headed out to the garden center for the most fun part of gardening: choosing plants.

We came home with these



and these:



The first flat contains mostly flowers, and also cucumber, zucchini, and strawberry plants. The second tray has rosemary and tomato plants. [In New Jersey I think we're required by law to grow tomatoes. :) ] We found some heirloom tomatoes like Brandywine, which is in the back row of this photo. We also found a table full of heirloom and specialty tomato plants; I picked up a variety called Jersey Devil, which is described as a large plum tomato. (That's the tallest plant, in the lower right corner of this tray.) It's new to me, so we'll see how it grows.

I hope to get these plants into the garden tomorrow, but--to be realistic--I'll probably have to finish over the weekend.

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4 comments :

  1. Getting new plants has to be THE most fun part of gardening. Well, that and eating all those wonderful veggies :o) Your plants look wonderful!

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  2. So glad that you participated! I am gardening this weekend too! Happy gardening! Can't wait to see your results!

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  3. The plants look great!! We are doing the same thing this weekend!

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  4. Jersey has the best tomatoes ever! Don't know what it is, just know the best tomatoes are grown there. Your flowers are really nice but your gonna miss those 'maters I'm sure LOL

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