Final Tomato and Pepper Plantings

On Sunday I planted 15 Roma Tomato plants using the same spacing as last year which seemed to work well. I mixed compost, lime pellets and fertilizer together and added a few trowels of it to each of the plants.

On Monday, Memorial Day, I rototilled the bed for the peppers, after scattering lime pellets and fertilizer on the surface. I had previously spread a bag of peat moss on the surface.

I planted the following:

  • 8 Yellow Banana Peppers
  • 8 Lady Bell Peppers
  • 4 King Arthur Peppers
  • 4 Valencia Peppers
  • 4 Melrose Peppers
  • 8 Gypsy Peppers

I planted a Marion Heirloom Tomato which finishes the Tomato planting. Also I planted some long-season Basil seeds in the herb garden by the deck and 9 Basil plants in the herb garden along the fence.

More Tomatoes

I had to work on Saturday, and the week had been so wet that I was only able to get a few Tomato plants in on Sunday. I planted 2 Heirloom Tomatillo Plants and a Park’s Whopper Hybrid and a Celebrity Hybrid.


Tomato Bed.

Tomato Bed.

Home Depot was having a sale on their large vegetable plants, 5 for $10. which is about 50% off. It appears that the grower was overstocked because of the cold, wet spring.

So, I decided to do all large tomato plants this year, except for the Roma tomatoes, since I dry most of those and early harvest isn’t important.


Here’s what got planted:

  • 2 Early Girl Hybrids
  • 1 Big Boy Hybrid
  • 1 Big Beef Hybrid
  • 1 Heinz Super Roma Hybrid
  • 1 Red Beefsteak Hybrid
  • 2 German Queen Heirloom
  • 1 Mr. Stripey Heirloom
  • 1 Cherokee Purple Heirloom
  • 1 Black Prince Heirloom
  • 2 Lemon Boy Hybrids
Hot Pepper Bed

Hot Pepper Bed

In the pepper bed by the back fence, I worked in manure and mushroom compost and planted:

  • 4 Hot Hungarian Banana Peppers
  • 4 Jalapeno Peppers


Leafy Vegetables

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens after a couple weeks of growth.

I took Tuesday off to work in the garden, since the weather was nice and I am a couple of weeks behind in planting.

I cleaned up the leafy greens bed and spread 4 bags of manure and 4 bags of mushroom compost and some pelletized lime on the surface and then manually turned over the soil. I then rototilled the bed.


Here’s what got planted:

  • 2 rows of spinach plants
  • 3 rows of kale plants
  • Arugula from seed
  • D’Avignon long radishes from seed
  • Easter Egg radishes from seed
  • Lettuce Lolla Rosa from seed
  • Pak Choi from seed
  • Mustard greens from seed


Herb Garden off the deck.

Herb Garden off the deck.

I planted the Herb gardens this weekend, except for Basil, which from past experience shouldn’t go in until the end of May or beginning of June.

I worked a couple of bags of manure and mushroom compost and some lime pellets into the soil, since the b eds by the deck have been in use for a number of years.


By the deck I planted:

  • Dill
  • Thai Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Summer Savory
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Curly Parsley
  • Chocolate Mint

The Chives and Garlic Chives survived quite well, but my big Sage plant and the Oregano in the top planter didn’t survive, so I won’t plant either of those in this garden again. I’ll plant those in the new herb garden by the fence where they will have a better chance of survival.

I also planted two Cherry Tomato plants and two Grape Tomato plants in the pots by the deck.

In the herb garden by the fence, the Tarragon survived as well as a couple Sage plants. The two lovage plants that I planted from seed last year that took forever to germinate, are coming up strong and a few Dill plants are popping out.

I planted in that garden:

  • 6 Oregano plants
  • 6 Thyme plants
  • 2 Sage plants
  • 8 Swiss chard plants