It’s time to get out in that garden and really make some progress. I have been trying my best to start transplanting into the field but I am still transplanting seedlings into nursery pots for the markets I have been doing. The main thing for getting your garden going is picking out things you want to grow that will excite you.
Sometimes we fall into a gardening rut, where we plant the same thing every year. Sure, it’s nice but if you aren’t having stellar results it wouldn’t hurt to try something new. When I say new that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out and find the latest, greatest hybrid to hit the market. I mean you should read the seed packets or talk to the sales clerks and get some additional information.
Often, I come across people who are looking for a tomato plant. I usually ask a series of questions that begins with what they like to use their tomatoes for. It’s amazing but most people enjoy eating tomatoes but aren’t sure what their primary usage is for them. Whether it be slicing fresh tomatoes for sandwiches, making sauce or freezing them, there are some varieties that excel in more than one department.
After deciding how they’ll be primarily used, it’s onto color options. Some folks mentally cannot get past eating a tomato that isn’t red. Lucky for them, there are still plenty of red varieties. However, maybe this is the year you are feeling adventurous and want to try something different. Tomatoes come in all sizes, shapes and hues. From pink to black to striped, there are tomatoes that can be found in nearly every category. There are even some heirlooms that remain completely green when ripe. Now that’s definitely different.
If you have grown better boys for years and their taste appeals to you, then by all means continue to grow them. I’m not here to convert the world. More so to open up your mind. So, once you have a variety picked out you will need to decide where to plant it. The key to tomatoes is lots of sunlight. So, the more sun the better your tomato plant will grow. If your yard seems to be entirely too shady but you still want to plant tomatoes, consider planting some into containers in different sunnier spots within your yard.
Tips for planting into containers include making sure you use a large container deep enough for your plants roots to expand. Another thing to consider is proper drainage. You never want your plants to be sitting directly in stagnant water. Be sure to drill in a drainage hole if your container does not already have one. I cut up sponges into icecube-sized pieces and place them directly under my roots when planting. The extra moisture absorbs into the sponges and releases it to the roots when needed. Can you say I might not have to water every day? Heck ya, because who really wants to do that?
In fact, virtually any plant can grow in a container. You just need to take the plant’s root growth into consideration. Cucumbers and tomatoes will still benefit from being stacked or caged so make sure you do that while your plants are young.
Trust me, it’s an adventure you want to avoid in tying up full-size tomato plants.
So, look online at some seed companies or dig out the garden catalogs.
Go ahead and order yourself some seed for purple beans.
They taste really similar to a green bean but are so much easier to find on the plants. Make a list of anything that appeals to you. Then go out and buy transplants if possible or seed if you’re feeling extra gardening-like. Make this your best garden yet. And never have a stagnant garden again.