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telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2014-07-30 09:59 am

Tomatoooooooo!



Now to see if it can get to size and ripen before the birds find it. Somehow I doubt that'll happen. :D

Cut for pic of our Gardening for Dummies-type garden, taken last week



:D

ETA: This is a thing from a Kickstarter that we backed because they were giving these to schools. It's a mat with built-in irrigation and places to plant seed balls (which reminds me, I need to ferret out the July/August seed balls to plant), so you don't have to weed much at all.

We got two heirloom tomato seedlings and planted those instead of the tomato seed balls, which is why they're so much larger than anything else. The things we've planted so far that are growing are: rainbow chard, jalapeno, red pepper, chives (well, one chive is growing!), carrots, and eggplant. The marigolds didn't sprout, but as I wasn't expecting ANYTHING to work, I'm fine with that.

We also did this instead of a regular planting bed because one of our long-term plans is to redo the back yard to replace that small expanse of dirt with paving stones (or gravel, if that's all we can afford!), and put in raised beds for planting. I kind of want something that's vaguely like a medieval monastery herb garden in feel.

The grass is missing because you can't see the enormous willow-type tree I'm standing under as I take that photo, which blocks off most of the light except where the mat is. :) Which I'm fine with, because it also blocks the sight and a bit of the sound of the rather busy road right behind us.
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[personal profile] yhlee 2014-07-30 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't garden for beans (...haha), but your tomato is very cute. =)
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[personal profile] bluerabbit 2014-07-31 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay, tomato! :)

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2014-07-30 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm all excited! More than I really have any right to be. :)

[identity profile] vom-marlowe.livejournal.com 2014-07-30 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I always get excited at the first 'mater of the season! If you want to try protecting it, I've had great luck with squirrel netting. It's a pain to put on large beds, but for a single tomato plant, it's not bad.

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2014-07-30 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! Might end up doing that.

I just added a photo I took last week of our Gardening For Dummies-type garden to the post. It's a thing from a Kickstarter that we backed because they were giving these to schools. It's a mat with built-in irrigation and places to plant seed balls (which reminds me, I need to ferret out the July/August seed balls to plant), so you don't have to weed much at all.

We got two heirloom tomato seedlings and planted those instead of the tomato seed balls, which is why they're so much larger than anything else. The things we've planted so far that are growing are: rainbow chard, jalapeno, red pepper, chives (well, one chive is growing!), carrots, and eggplant. The marigolds didn't sprout, but as I wasn't expecting ANYTHING to work, I'm fine with that.

We also did this instead of a regular planting bed because one of our long-term plans is to redo the back yard to replace that small expanse of dirt with paving stones (or gravel, if that's all we can afford!), and put in raised beds for planting. I kind of want something that's vaguely like a medieval monastery herb garden in feel.

The grass is missing because you can't see the enormous willow-type tree I'm standing under as I take that photo, which blocks off most of the light except where the mat is. :) Which I'm fine with, because it also blocks the sight and a bit of the sound of the rather busy road right behind us.

(edit: I'm just going to paste this text into the post so I don't have to reply with it to anyone else. :D)
Edited 2014-07-30 16:00 (UTC)

[identity profile] houseboatonstyx.livejournal.com 2014-07-30 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Trouble with bird netting is, they were flowering without setting fruit till I started tapping the flower stems manually to help them self-pollinate.

Which feels awfully creepy. Someone suggested an electric toothbrush. I guess that could reach through netting if you took off the bristles.
Edited 2014-07-30 20:07 (UTC)

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2014-07-30 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I can see that would be an issue. :) I frequently see bees about the house, so I live in hope.
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[identity profile] viridian5.livejournal.com 2014-07-31 07:00 am (UTC)(link)
Bees would save you the trouble of having to masturbate your plants, yeah....

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2014-07-31 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Bees: nature's fluffers?
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[identity profile] viridian5.livejournal.com 2014-08-01 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
My gardener roommate says she uses artist's paintbrushes to pollinate... which makes it kinkier?