Friday, April 16, 2010
Tomatoes Are Planted Out
I planted out my tomatoes last Friday and didn't have time to blog about it since I was taking off for a few days of R&R. This bed is destined to be filled with solanums. So far, half of it is home to tomato plants, the potatoes are still plugging along way back there on the left, I'll have to dig them soon, ready or not. There's a couple of kohlrabi that I'm hoping will size up soon. Actually, I dug up one other kohlrabi plant and transplanted it to the brassica bed and so far it is doing ok so I will probably transplant the other two plants sometime this week. The Golden Chard is producing like crazy and showing no signs of bolting in spite of overwintering in that spot. I don't think that they will transplant well so I've started some new plants to put into another bed. The scallions that you can see in the foreground will be big enough to harvest soon. As I clear out the older veggies in this bed I will be planting out some of the many pepper plants that are still residing in the mini-greenhouse.
This bed got my usual amendments of crab meal, sulfate of potash, humic acid, and a slow release turkey poop based 4-6-4 fertilizer. For a 50 square foot bed (the area of the tomato planting) I use about 5 pounds of crab meal, 1/2 pound of potash, and 1 pound of humic acid. I'm less precise about the turkey poop fertilizer, I just scattered some over the surface of the bed, probably about 1 1/2 pounds. I also added about a pound of ground eggshells. I generally don't dig compost into the soil but I like to spread a generous amount as mulch. The old mulch of compost will get turned into the soil eventually. I don't add any amendments to the planting hole for tomatoes, the amendments are dug into the entire bed. Putting amendments into the planting hole doesn't make sense to me. The plants will quickly spread their roots well beyond the planting hole where they won't be able to access the nutrients, the nutrients need to be everywhere that the roots are.
I'm experimenting with covering the tomato cages with plastic sheeting to create greenhouse conditions for a while. The nighttime temperatures dip down into the low 40's and high 30's still, so I'm hoping that the plastic will provide a bit of protection from the cold. I'm also hoping since our nighttime temperatures don't stay above 50F until well into June that the plastic will keep the plants warm enough at night to get some fruits to set earlier and I might get to harvest some tomatoes in August rather than having to wait until September. We'll see . . .
So, if you happen to be wondering what could pull me away from my garden for a few days here's a hint:
If you would like to see more of that check out my other post today.