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Page 2 of Well before this whole virus thing demanded everybody's attention, my wife and I (mainly me) decided to plant a little garden. Both of us grew up with ... 16 comments | 1142 Views | Go to page 1 →

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Finally got my tomato seedlings and bush beans planted today. Between morning frost up through this past Saturday and rain most every day for the last week or so, I finally got out and planted things this afternoon.

    I've got a couple of containers I'm going to grow Italian bush green beans in, a trellis on my fence that I've grown lemon cucumbers on the last couple of years, and I put a three tomato plants in my raised garden bed. I'm going to add a hot cherry pepper plant in the garden bed towards the beginning of June.

    I'm pretty excited about my tomatoes this year. They're a no-name heirloom variety from the Balkan Peninsula. One of my company's customers was a Bosnian refugee, and he said when his family fled, his mom had brought over a handful of tomato seeds from an old family variety that they had grown on their farm for generations. He gave me and a coworker a few dozen tomatoes last year, and they're absolutely UNREAL. They're a little larger than a baseball, and when you slice them open there's just one single thin vein of juice/pulp and the entire rest of the tomato is meat. I saved some seeds because they're so damn good. The closest registered variety I've been able to find is the "Anna Russian" tomato, but the Anna Russians are smaller and shaped a little differently.

    It's my first time growing anything from seed, and I'm glad to finally have them planted out in the garden bed instead of down on my workbench under a grow-light.
    We went to Baetens yesterday and picked up some tomato and pepper plants. Going to try our hand at doing the tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets. Don't know how that'll go, but going to give it a go. Got three different varieties to try, (had only planned on getting two, initially) Patio and Better Boy. While we were picking out the plants, this older gentleman started talking to me about Supersonic. So, I figured what the heck, and picked up one of those too.

    As far as peppers, we got some green, yellow, orange and red bell peppers, along with a pimento and poblano. (We are not big on heat when it comes to peppers.) Got the lumber to make our pepper planter yesterday as well, and started to work on it today, but got psyched out by a few dark clouds and sprinkles, and packed things back up earlier than we would've liked to this afternoon. So, hopefully we'll finish that tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    We went to Baetens yesterday and picked up some tomato and pepper plants. Going to try our hand at doing the tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets. Don't know how that'll go, but going to give it a go. Got three different varieties to try, (had only planned on getting two, initially) Patio and Better Boy. While we were picking out the plants, this older gentleman started talking to me about Supersonic. So, I figured what the heck, and picked up one of those too.

    As far as peppers, we got some green, yellow, orange and red bell peppers, along with a pimento and poblano. (We are not big on heat when it comes to peppers.) Got the lumber to make our pepper planter yesterday as well, and started to work on it today, but got psyched out by a few dark clouds and sprinkles, and packed things back up earlier than we would've liked to this afternoon. So, hopefully we'll finish that tomorrow.
    That's the reason I grew yellow pear cherry tomatoes for the first time a handful of years ago. They're my favorite variety for salads. I've grown them, I think like 4 years straight. This is the first year I'm going with something else in a while. Just had this lady at the nursery going on and on about how tasty they were, so I picked one up, haha.

    I haven't ever done 5 gallon buckets, exactly, but while my wife was in med school we were in an apartment and I grew everything on our balcony in containers. The big planters I had the tomatoes in weren't a whole lot bigger than a 5 gallon bucket. They worked out just fine. The only thing I learned is that if you leave for more than a couple of days while it's in the real heat of the summer, you need to have someone come over and water - like moreso than if you're growing in the ground. Having the entire planter/pot/bucket above ground makes that soil dry out FAST, so you have to make sure it stays watered while it's hot.

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