Thursday, February 19, 2009

You say tomato, I say tomahto

Oh! Jared and I are so excited! Last weekend we watched a recent episode of "Ask This Old House" on PBS. It was their annual "kids" episode which featured family-friendly projects that parents and kids could build together. In it Roger built a raised garden bed for vegetables. Well, Paul and I have been thinking for a while now to have a dedicated vegetable garden. I LOVE gardening. At our first house we had some big garden beds where we planted roses, annuals, pink tulips and hyacinths and attempted growing squash, watermelon and zucchini (which died :( ). I just love growing plants, flowers and vegetables.

So when we saw this episode of ATOH we both said "hey, what do you think of doing that? or at least trying to grow some veggies?" And that's just what we did! We (well, really Paul) dug up the dirt on the south side of our property and connected irrigation tubing to an available valve we had in our drip irrigation system. Then, Paul, Jared and I went to Home Depot to purchase 6 tomato plants. Woo hoo! Paul did some research upfront on who had a better tomato plant selection, Lowe's or Home Depot. Home Depot won. We brought the plants back, made a layout of where to plant each plant and we (again, Paul) dug some holes, planted the plants and connected spaghetti drip hoses to the "vegetable drip line." We are in business! Jared was very excited to be a part of prepping, planning, planting and finally watering our new tomato plants.

Our 6 little tomato plants
3 of themClose up of one of the Celebrity plantsJared helping by watering the plantsHe was a great little helper :DFor those curious what we planted we planted 6 Bonnie Plant tomato plants...2 Celebrities, 1 Roma, 1 Big Beef, 1 Husky Cherry Red and 1 Better Boy. Why tomatoes? Well, Paul's thought was to plant vegetables that are expensive or have a higher return. Tomatoes are pretty expensive in the stores, versus carrots, so we'll try to grow some. Hm...okay Paul. I can follow your logic :) Plus we both think we can grow tomatoes in Arizona (remember, we live in a desert here ;) ). We mixed a bag of Miracle Grow Garden Soil into our hard Arizona clay then topped it with composted mulch.

I was SO tempted to purchase more vegetable plants while at Home Depot. It's the green thumb in me, that God gave to me! Some other plants I found that would be fun were artichokes, eggplant, various peppers, sweet peas, corn (yes, they had little stalks of corn!) and strawberries. Mmmm! But...we're going to try our 6 tomato plants first, see how they do (and we do as vegetable gardeners!) then ponder planting anything further.

Hopefully, in about 2 to 3 months, we'll see the fruits of our labor...yummy ripe tomatoes! Check back later to see "how does our garden grow."
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Anonymous said...

We like the "Sweet 100s" cherry tomatoes - kids can just pick them and eat them like candy.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Paul's logic on getting the most return on tomatoes. You can't buy tomatoes in the store like homegrown. Way to go! With our fresh snow, we are not quite ready to plant here in Minnesota!

love, mary

acutescrubnurse said...

I love home grown tomatoes!! I use them to make spaghetti sauce, it is so good, was a sad day when we used up the last jar.
Good luck with the gardening!!

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