I’ve been a bit surprised at the ongoing popularity of the one or two posts from last year on my tomato harvest, particularly the pictures of my Mr. Stripey tomato.
As a result, I thought I’d post an update for 2007 on my garden. I love working in the garden – my only regret is that I only have 3 garden boxes to work with. Of course, that’s about 10x the space I had a few years ago when I was growing plants on the balcony of my apartment.
This year, I’ve lined up what I think is an excellent crop:
Box 1: Peppers
I love medium-to-hot peppers, so this year I’m growing five varieties:
Here’s a shot of the 9 plants (2 of each except for the 1 Habañero)
Box 2: Cucumbers
I also grow cucumbers, using a trellis so I can get a large crop with very little space. This year, I’m growing four varieties of cucumber. Two years ago, my Japanese cucumbers reached almost 2 feet (24 inches) in length, so I’m trying to build on that success.
Here are the four varieties I planted this year:
- Table (regular)
I’m excited about the last one, because I’ve never grown Armenian cucumbers before. They apparently are light green skinned, and can grow to 3 feet long! Should be fun.
The plants in the bottom corner are herbs that I use to fill out the box – basil, oregano, thyme.
Box 3: Tomatoes
And finally, my prize plants, the tomatoes. This year, I’m trying to stretch a 3×6 box to handle 4 plants. I’m also trying out a much more robust 7mm steel support for the plants after last years disaster with my huge plants bending the smaller steel frames mid-August. I got them at Gardener Supply online.
The four varieties of tomato this year feature two hybrids for volume & eating, and two heirloom varieties for flavor & fun.
- Sweet 100 (cherry)
- JetSetter (large, red)
- Banana Fingers (4″, orange/yellow)
- Green Grape (small, green/stripe)
I’ve had them in the ground for four weeks, and they are really doing well. See below.
Should be a great year for the garden. Everything is really taking off. I feel like Brie from Desperate Housewives, but even my Hydrangeas are doing fantastically well.