It’s tomato time you guys! One of the most exciting parts of the garden year is Summer tomato planting for us. The tomatoes always steal the show in the garden during the Summer, so seeing them in the ground gets us excited for the upcoming few months of care, growing, picking and endless tomato sauce cooking in the kitchen.
First up… the plant car! Since we plant the seeds in our Brooklyn apartment to germinate and grow under our grow lights, once the weather allows and the plants are strong enough we transport them Upstate to the garden. We carefully pack each tomato, tomatillo and pepper plant into the back of our little car away we go! I always like to think that the plants enjoy their scenic ride Upstate New York to their new home.
After we get the garden beds ready then we start to plot out where each tomato is going to be planted. This year we said we were going to plant less tomatoes to make the Summer’s workload easier, but of course that didn’t happen. All the seeds germinated and we were left with double plants which we couldn’t kill, so looks like we’re going to have a lot of tomatoes… again!
As usual we have our 3 tomato varieties, roma, beef and cherry. We never get very adventurous here, we know what works for us and what we like and we stick with it. Maybe one day we’ll try a heirloom purple tomato, but not this year. If you notice, each tomato is already in it a pretty big plastic pot before planting. That’s because the tomatoes grow so big in our NYC apartment that eventually we have to transplant them to large pots just to keep growing indoors. I’m not going to lie… I always feel pretty proud of how good they look before even moving outside!
Once we map out the tomato boundaries then we start planting each one into the soil.
And by we, I mean Matthew, because this 37 weeks pregnant woman can’t get up if she bends down. 😉
Besides the tomatoes, we always plant the tomatillos too. They have half a bed to themselves. I love myself some salsa verde, but this year I’m going to try a few more tomatillo recipes!
It’s also time to plant the peppers (jalapeno and bell). This year I wanted more green bell pepper plants so instead of a couple more I think we planted 20 more. It was another case of the seeds coming up and not being able to chop any of the seedlings down. Oh well, peppers are one of my favorites so if I get a big pepper harvest I’ll be a happy girl.
After we finish planting everything then we put cages on. The plants are already big enough that they need support and we always find it’s better to add the cages sooner than later as there’s less room for error with breaking stems.
Finally, I’d like to share our marigolds with you, they’re something we started growing ourselves last year. Marigolds are great for gardens because they attract good buggies. A pack of marigold seeds is cheap and goes a long way, so we started growing our own instead of buying them at the nursery. Each year now we grow a big tray of marigolds and plant them around the garden surrounding the plants to protect from bad buggies.
Hope you liked our trip to the garden last week…. it’s nice to see the tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers moved in!
How’s your tomato season going?