More Planting

I went to Goebbert’s in beautiful mid-80s weather yesterday afternoon to get my remaining plants. I got up early to 55° weather this morning to do the planting.

So, first of all, I bought a large Jalapeno plant (actually there are two in the pot) for the container garden. There’s a couple Jalapenos on the plant ready to pick. THey had large Roma tomatoes for per $4.50 per plant, but I’m not in a hurry for the Romas so it would have been a waste of money. There were no small Roma tomatoes so I bought the last 15 San Marzano tomatoes – three paks for $2.50 each. I’ll plant these over the weekend since I want to add compost to the bed before I plant.

So this morning I planted 4 pots of basil, 3 romaine lettuce and 3 Chinese cabbage (should have been 6 Chinese cabbage, but they mixed up the flats again. I should know better.), a red chili pepper to fill out the hot pepper bed, and 6 mustard greens behind the compost barrel. I also planted the Swiss Chard that I had bought a few weeks ago. I had a tray of sedum that I had pulled out of the front bed that I planted between the walk behind the porch and the dry creek. Finally, I moved four 18″ pavers to the east of Bed 3 where I had cleared out some horseradish, so I could easily reach that side of the bed for planting and picking. It was a productive morning.

Besides the San Marzano tomatoes, I need to construct the cucumber bed and trellis and plant the cukes. Then I need to start the mint garden and get the mint planted, even if the borders of the garden aren’t finished.

Tomatillo Plants In

I cleared the area behind the barn and planted the three tomatillo plants from Countryside. No one had the purple tomatillos which I prefer. I enriched the soil, which is mostly clay, with soil from under the old compost pit.

Peppers, Eggplant, and Zucchini Planted

The Shishito peppers were from Bonnie plants and Home Depot since Goebberts were out of them. Made the mistake of shopping for plants on Sunday. The larger pepper plants, Bounty, Gypsy, and Cubanelle were from Countryside, the rest from Goebbert’s. The two hills of Spineless Beauty Zucchini were from Goebbert’s. The Eggplant from Countryside.

BED 2 (Front to Back) 12 Broccoli Plants, Bounty, Gypsy, and Cubanelle peppers, 6 Lady Bell peppers, and 3 King Arthur peppers.
BED 3 (Front to Back) 2 rows beets, 12 Shishito peppers.
BED 6 (Front to Back) 6 Jalapeno peppers, 3 Hot Hungarian peppers, 3 Poblano peppers, 2 Serano peppers.
BED 5 2 Black Shine Eggplants, 2 Black Bell Eggplants, Easter Egg Radishes along the fence, Alaska peas along the trellis.

Heirloom Tomatoes Planted

Here is the list and layout of the tomato garden this year. I started planting last night in an unusual burst of after-dinner energy and finished up this morning. I enriched the soil around each of the plants with a mixture of MooNure and mushroom compost. I added more on the South and West sides of the patch as those are away from the old compost pile and tomatoes did the worst there the past two years.

German Johnson – Late (Countryside) Low acid, potato-leaf foliage.    Mr. Stripey – Late (Countryside) Yellow with red-streaked flesh.Cherokee Carbon – Mid (Countryside) Big pink fruit with Outstanding flavorBoxcar Willie – Late (Countryside) Excellent Flavor. HY
Early Girl II – Very Early (Countryside) Tasty fruit, first to ripen  Mortgage Lifter – Mid (Countryside) Pink variety with meaty fruit and great taste.Cherokee Carbon – Mid (Countryside) Big pink fruit with Outstanding flavor  Hillbilly – Late (Countryside) Heirloom, big pink fruit, juicy, exquisite  flavor. Beefsteak type.
Champion VFNT – Early (Countryside) Great for sandwiches. Best early type. DRMortgage Lifter – Mid (Countryside) Pink variety with meaty fruit and great taste.  Arkansas Traveler (Countryside) Tolerates hot weather. HY    Brandywine Yellow – Mid (Countryside) Intense tomato flavor. HY
Champion VFNT – Early (Countryside) Great for sandwiches. Best early type. DR  Lemon Boy – Mid (Countryside) Tasty, sweet, juicy, low acid. HY    Black From Tula – Late (Countryside) Rich, salty, smoky flavor.Gold Medal – Mid (Countryside) Flesh is streaked with red and flavorful.

Frost and more frost – Garden delayed.

Tonight is the fourth and hopefully final frost warning that we’ve had this week. Tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers from Countryside have been sitting on the back porch since last Friday because of the warnings. Despite the warnings, there has been no visible frost in the mornings. I am covering the potted tomatoes each night and the unplanted sensitive plants are spending their time in the back porch. I did lose two small potted cucumber plants, but that was all. I hope to start planting tomatoes and the other warm-weather crops tomorrow.

First Salad from Garden

Picked the first greens for a salad tonight. Oak-leaf lettuce, red romaine, spinach, kale, and sorrel. The lettuce was a bit tough as was the spinach. The kale and sorrel were, too, but that would be expected. In any case, the garden is producing.