Thursday, April 26, 2012

What Happened to the Plan?

Remember my garden plan?
Well....didn't happen, not really. A few things are in the right place. There are sunflowers and tomatoes in the first bed on the left though no corn. In the second bed there are tomatoes and peppers and the bottom bed had the garlic in it so long that it ended up with tomatoes and peppers on one side and beans on that other. The top two small beds...well, only one of those got built and it ended up with pink blueberries in it and one pepper plant (I couldn't find room for the pepper plant anywhere else). The middle bed got lettuce and radishes to start with and now has herbs and carrots in it. The bottom bed in the middle row has the potatoes. As for the long bed on the right. It did end up with squash but only one grew well so I bought a few more to put in the with it. It also ended up with the onions and some cucumbers which I just planted behind the squash.
The tomatoes are what I am the most impressed with this year. I grew heirlooms from seed, Tip Top, Taxi and San Marzano (all determinate) but then I needed a few more so bought some Celebrity. My plants didn't look nearly as good as the store bought ones until I put them out in the garden. It is hard for me to get a good picture to show you the size difference.
Well, there it is, I knew there had to be a catch to this upgrade. I had just purchased more storage space for photos for $5 a year, and they happily took my money and now they have changed the plan and I am suddenly OUT OF space AGAIN! OOOooo, that irritates me! Of course now there is a monthly fee! Not gonna happen, I can still use photobucket for free.
This is a picture of one of the store bought Celebrity tomatoes. It is barely up to the second ring on the tomato cage.

This is a picture of one of the heirloom tomatoes that I started myself. It is in a larger tomato cage and is at least 6 inches taller than the Celebrity tomato.
This one is a lot harder to see than I had hoped. That small tomato in front is the Celebrity. It only goes to the second ring, it looks like it is growing up to the third ring but that is the heirloom tomato behind it.
Not only are the heirlooms taller but they are much thicker in the stems as well plus all of the heirloom are blooming already. This is really kind of a surprise for me because I have grown LOTS of heirloom tomatoes and they have never done well at all until this year--got to be the raised bed :)


  1. Ah the best laid plans. I'm really trying to stick to my plan this year. I'm doing pretty good. I did mess up and put the Bed 2 things in Bed 4. Ah well two bed switched. So far the plan is working though. I'll see when summer comes around if everything that needs to get out for the summer crops is out or not.

  2. Hi Becky,
    Plans end up making you realize more garden ;)
    Love seeing your garden pictures when it's such a rainy day here.

  3. Hi Becky, I like looking at the pics also. Although sometimes trying to read all the different names for plants hurts my head,LOL

  4. Your tomatoes looks wonderful. I hope you get an equally great harvest.

    Great looking plants also means lot of suckers growing. That will keep you busy if you are into pruning the suckers, that will.

    1. Nope I don't prune the suckers. I never could understand how taking away leaves could help plants grow better. I leave mine on the plant.

  5. Hi Becky!

    Everything is looking really good. Who sticks to plans hey? There's no fun in that. Although I have a general idea of what is going where, you can always squeeze something else in where you didn't expect too!

    Have a good weekend!

  6. My plans get 'revised' all the time (in other words I lose then and then plant what I like whenever its ready). I do like your tomato cages. Do you find them effective?

    1. The tomatoes cages are good with the determinate tomatoes but with indeterminates they are useless.