I love growing my own vegetables every summer, they just taste better when they are fresh picked from the garden. This week I was thrilled to find that I already have a red tomato!
It is almost time to start planting my garden here in Upstate NY. We are still having frost occassionally, but by the end of the month it should be safe to plant my vegetables outside. I enjoy growing lots of different vegetables, including tomotoes, basil, peppers and beans. As you can see from the picture, last year my basil was pretty proflic, but I was disapointed with how my green peppers did. I didn’t use any plant food last year after my initial planting, so this year I am going to see if adding plant food increases my yield.
I posted my garden plans a few weeks ago and I had big plans. Of the plants I started from seed and planted in the garden I lost all but ONE. That is right, this lone basil plant was the only survivor. All the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn and everything else did not survive the transplanting process. The basil plant was much larger than anything else I transplanted, since I moved it from my indoor AeroGarden , and I’m sure that is why it survived. I don’t know what I did wrong, but clearly there was some problem. So I had to head out to the local garden center and buy plants, after the stock had been completely picked over by everyone who didn’t waste their time trying to start their own.
I didn’t get everything I wanted, for example they didn’t have any purple eggplant left. So I planted white eggplant, which is ok I guess, although I don’t think I have ever eaten it. They had some interesting varieties of tomatoes, so in addition to Early Girl and Sweet 100, which I know I love, I also got Green Zebra and White Cherry tomatoes. In the end I will have more variety, but it is still annoying to spend all that time growing the seedlings and have them die. The new plants are doing well, despite the late start. The cucumbers plants are huge, and I already have some tomatoes on the tomato plants.
Any ideas what I did wrong? All I can think of is that I didn’t harden off the seedlings well enough. I have planted out seedlings many times before and never had them all die on me!
My seedlings are growing and I should get the garden planted this weekend. It is a little late, but not too late. For more Wordless Wednesday check out 5 Minutes for Mom.
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