Spring Has Sprung

March 21, 2010 § 4 Comments

Spring is here. Anyone have a fever? I didn’t have a cowbell so I opted for planting trees and tomatoes instead. One would think after having a hectic week that I”d just take the weekend to relax. But noooooo. I just had to go out and dig holes and plant stuff all weekend long along with all the other usual weekend chores. And this not-so-Spring-chicken body is paying for it.

It started off with planting a semi-dwarf grapefuit tree and relocating some Lily of the Niles. Boy those lilies are hardy. Then the next day, I started on my tomatoe patch. I had contemplated on building a raised planter box but decided to just go with the pots this year. Getting the material and then building it would have taken me most of the weekend and I really wanted to get these babies planted.

Most of the plants below are tomatoes but there’s a Thai chili plant and an heirloom yellow bell peppers thrown in the mix too. Now counting down the days to first harvest (about 65-70 day). I can’t wait for some of the heirlooms.

Four more trees to plant next weekend but I should be recovered by then, hehe. Still waiting are semi-dwarf Bearss lime, Sanguinello Blood Orange, McDill White Sapote and a Washington Navel.

 Whew, I’m getting tired again just thinking about all the holes I have to dig. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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§ 4 Responses to Spring Has Sprung

  • Dennis says:

    Darn I’ve always wanted have a little vegetable garden.. But I have this thing where all my plants die. It seems I either over or under water them.. ?

    • CAB says:

      Hi Dennis! Have you thought about growing some herbs? I have a few small pots in the kitchen that grows some herbs. They are pretty easy and have done well with just the light coming in from the windows.

      I have the tendency to do the same with watering. I’m still trying get better at growing veggies. Tomatoes have done so-so for me in the past but never anything like those huge harvests that some people show off.

      I’ve only grown tomatoes, eggplants and peppers as far as veggies. Last 2 are very forgiving and easy to grow.

      Things I’ve learned the hard way: 1) always have good draining soil, which will be more forgiving when overwatering, 2) read the growing instructions for that particular plant, especially how much sun and water, 3) use the right fertilizer, I like worm castings but it’s expensive and not always available, 4) for plants that don’t like wet roots, test the soil for moisture before watering. I usually use my finger and feel d0wn 2 inches.

      Maybe next year I’ll expand out with planter boxes if this year’s harvest goes well and I’m not neglectful.

  • Okihwn says:

    You get aphids around? Suggest some sort of flowers too that discourage aphids from hanging around and atttacking the citrus plants.

    • CAB says:

      Hi Nate! We do get some aphids but they like to hang out on the day lillies more. 🙂 Whiteflies are the bigger issue. I can typically control them with ladybugs and good blasts of water.

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