Before my hiatus I talked about my garden dreams, specifically about all my tomato plants. I figured that would be a great place to start on my updates.
I am honestly and seriously obsessed with all things plants. In the busyness of my life right now I love to spend time in the mornings and evenings tending to all my plants and it brings me so much peace and joy each day. I literally go outside and examine my garden at least 4 times a day. My tomatoes have had me worried on several occasions, but they are really starting to take off in the garden!
Without further ado, here’s a photo timeline.
Seedlings started in the middle of March.
Then planted into pots at the end of March.
Last year I had all my tomatoes on my coffee table by the window in our living room and I would just rotate them so they all had equal time closest to the window. Ezekiel is generally VERY good about not touching my plants but I didn’t want to risk them toppling over if he accidentally ran into them. I ended up placing them on the window sills in my living room and in my bedroom, they are all south facing windows and get amazing amounts of light. The plants did pretty good but this is where the worrying came in and where I made a few different mistakes.
In my bedroom we had very heavy curtains (which I have always hated but never changed) and I would close them up at night trapping the tomato plants behind them. I honestly didn’t think it would be a big deal but never thought about the cold air and humidity that would be trapped. My tomato plants quickly showed signs of not tolerating that. Some leaves turned brown, others curled. I googled the heck out of every tomato disease and actually thought that my tomatoes had caught early blight – like I said, I am OBSESSED enough to google tomato plant diseases!
I wasn’t very hopeful that they were going to last until I got them in the garden because they started looking terrible around the middle of April. I doted over them and removed the curtains (good riddance!) but they didn’t seem to improve much. I started hardening them off around the middle of May.
This is where my next mistake comes in. Last year I was home all the time so I had the time to put my tomato plants out in the middle of the afternoon for a couple hours and then bring them back in and extend the time outside each day. This year because I leave for work around 7 am and don’t get home until after 5 I had the “brilliant” idea to put the plants on my deck which gets full sunlight. I thought that the more sun they got the warmer they would be and the less shocked they would get. What I didn’t realize is that the leaves that grew behind glass getting filter UV rays were very delicate and I BURNT the leaves!
I took a risk and planted them into the gardens at the end of May instead of beginning of June and thankfully it didn’t snow! This year I made sure to add compost to the two gardens on the left and I planted the tomatoes in the middle garden to rotate from last year – I’ve heard that tomatoes deplete soil so you shouldn’t plant them in the same area two years in a row. The third garden that my dad built me this year has a combination of my own compost and potting soil that I purchased and I had to plant three of the tomato plants in that garden. When I planted them I buried them all the way to the bottom to make sure they developed a really great root system. I used the bamboo stakes again this year for support.
Right from the get-go the three plants in the composted soil did much better than the middle garden. It’s really quite amazing to see. I have been worried about the middle garden up until this week because they just didn’t seem to be doing great, but thankfully this week I’ve noticed huge growth spurts in all of the plants. I have so many tomatoes already on the plants! I’m anxious to see how fast they mature. Last year I did a lot of pruning, and this year I have done a bit but only on the branches that were yellowing and not doing well. I think this year I’ll just let them be until the end of the season when I’ll likely top them off.
This is what they look like today (sorry about the colouring on some of these, not sure how that happened):
I’m pretty happy with how they are turning out, and I can’t wait to start canning in the fall!