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Friday, May 8, 2009

It all started with a seed

Back in January I started my garden. Crazy? Maybe. I don't have a green house and our combined families love to eat tomatoes. I won't buy the ones sold in the stores, they just don't compare. So this is what I started with, a few very small seeds. Aren't they cute?


Next came the planting of the seeds in Peet Pots.



Unfortunately I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture of all the cups full of dirt. I think you get the idea.



These are the tomatoes after they were transplanted to larger cups. Like my ant? He is guarding my tomatoes from uncertain disaster.



And these are just 2 out of 7 swanky tomato cages. My BIL mad the square one and my dear, loving hubby made the triangular one.



There are more cages, but I'm sure you get the idea. Now I just need to coerce my dear, loving hubby into making oh, about 15 more of these very sturdy, swanky tomato cages. After all spending money on those cheesy, thin wire cages is simply a waste.

24 comments:

The Mrs. said...

Fun!! I wish I had a garden!

I'm finishing law school, about to take the Bar Exam in July. Yuck!

Here's a clue for the riddle: it has to do with "eating oats" :)

xoxo!

Julia said...

The monster cages will suffice for now... Just think in about four years you will have accumulated enough for all the plants. Doing the math that will be a savings of approximately 70/year over say 20 years so 1400 dollars. Maybe you need to run the numbers to get more cages out of MR Stingy.

Tink said...

Wow, what else do you have in your garden? I'm trying celery for the first time. I'll see how that goes. I have the usual carrots peas, cucumbers, potatoes, parsley,and onions. I've cooked with the parsley once already.

the ungourmet said...

Those cages are great! Happy Planting!

I hope your cupcakes turn out just great!

Jenny-Jenny said...

ooooh home grown tomatoes! There is just nothing better! Peas do rank a close second though.

Rachel said...

I'd LOVE to do a vegetable garden with my kids. Too bad I know absolutely nothing about gardening. :(

Can't wait to see your harvests!

Kristin said...

what did he make the cages out of, rebar? couldn't exactly tell, and which is better do you think- triangle or square? I have to so something different this year, I tried to tie mine up last year and they were too big, just didn't work.

Aunt Spicy said...

Is there anything you don't do? I am so impressed that you are gardening!

Debbie said...

Those are some cages to be reckoned with! I hope my garden doesn't see those.

Christina said...

That's one big ant!!!

I love home-grown 'maters. YUM!
Looking good!

The Cookie Girl said...

I am with you on the 'maters, Homegrown is the best. I just planted 3 different heirloom tomatoes and some others. I just hope all this rain doesn't kill them.

Love that giant ant!

the ungourmet said...

Happy Mother's Day!

I am visiting my dad and his wife in Eastern Oregon and they have twenty tomato plant to put in the ground. They plan to can lots of salsa.

Heidi said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Design it Chic said...

Fun fun fun !!! Oh the joy of having your own garden... I'm jealous of you!! They look amazing tough!!! Can't wait for your first tomato salad you're gonna make from these babies, that you're definitely gonna share on your blog...right?!?. well sign me up already!!! just in case:D

(btw. stopping by from SITS)

Frogs in my formula said...

There is nothing in this world better than homegrown tomatoes. I could eat them like apples. It's the one thing I am going to try growing (well, I'm going to try to grow other stuff too but the tomatoes are the one thing I'll try really hard not to kill).

Mountain Woman said...

I loved your photos. I started my first tomato seeds this year back in February. They are in the green house now waiting for it to be warm enough to go into the dirt. So far, I've only killed a couple.
I had a great time with this post and thanks for sharing your adventures with tomatoes.

Bethany said...

Homegrown tomatoes are the best for sure! I grew up in the country and my dad had a garden each year...man, I enjoyed those fresh fruits and veggies! Now I'm in a city with no space for a garden- good luck with yours and enjoy the veggies!

Grand Pooba said...

Holy crap that's a lot of plants! I am not that ambitious. The only thing I can grow (if you wanna call it that) is flowers in my flower beds and I can hardly keep them things alive!

Mimi said...

Nothing beats fresh tomatoes right off of the vine!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & helping to make my SITS day special!

Keely said...

15 more?? That is a BUTTload of tomatos. Though you didn't mention what you were planning to do with them; I'm too lazy to can or pickle or make salsa, personally, and 5 plants last year was way more than I needed.

Sweet cages though!

Drama queens mum said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'd love to plant some tomatoes. I just planted some basil & it's actually coming up. haha.

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

I am so excited about my new Topsy Turvey tomato planter :) This looks much more impressive!!!!

:)

Holly

wenderful said...

Aren't home grown tomatoes THE BEST?

Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my sits day! I had ginormous fun.

Yarni Gras! said...

love it! Our garden was growing well too...then the babies started disappearing....then our Lab started getting sick.....yeah.....she eats the green tomatoes and green baby bells and then gets sick AS A DOG.
criminy.......what next?

Hey! my secret word is SIBILIZE....I can think of a few funny definitions for it....