Spring Garden Update: Week 6
Our garden continues to grow well! I moved the three potted tomato plants to the edge of the garden after I put them in cages. The plants were beginning to tip over and I was afraid one of the dogs and/or kids would knock them over. All three plants have flowers on them. I am curious to see how much taller the Bush Early Girls grow. Right now they fill the cages 2/3 of the way up.
The tomato plants in the raised bed are doing pretty good. I have noticed that the two in the middle behind the squash and zucchini plants are smaller than the others. I attribute this to them receiving less sunlight during the day because of the squash/zucchini leaves. Despite their smaller stature they have flowers on them, and I hope to get a few tomatoes from each.
As for the other six tomato plants in the raised bed, several are starting to get small tomatoes on their vines! Last week I posted a picture of a Better Boy, and this week I noticed the Brandywine had several small tomatoes. We have never grown Brandywine tomatoes, and love their squat pumpkin-like appearance! It is unlike any tomato we have planted and I read they grow fairly large.
One of the only tomato plants that does not have any small tomatoes on it is our Black Prince. It has plenty of flowers, and hopefully over the next week or two they will develop. I am really looking forward to sampling each of the five varieties we planted. If we pick enough I would love to have people over for a tomato tasting party.
Another exciting development is the yellow squash flowers have turned into actual vegetables! I counted eight on one plants, and after striking out in the squash department last year I think it’s pretty cool we may actually pick some this season. The zucchini is a different story. It flowers and then they fall off and die. I think there may be one small zucchini but it may just be a stalk. I’ll continue to keep an eye on it and hope for the best.
Lastly, our early success this year has me thinking about building a second raised bed. I would like to use it as a kitchen herb garden and load it up with oregano, basil, thyme, and dill. I am not sure where to put it, but there is plenty of space in the backyard. I am going to mull this over before purchasing any lumber.