May 12, 2012 - Tomato Alley & Happy Mother's Day

Tomato Alley Is growing so fast!  You'd never know Mother Nature has been teasing the plants with her temperature extremes.

April 24, the day the plants were set out in "Tomato Alley".

Seven days after planting, May 1.

Eighteen days after planting, May 12.



Happy Mother's Day!  May your day and your life be filled with joy.



20 comments:

  1. They look great! What appreciative plants.

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    1. Stefaneener, even prettier in person. Now just watch them be like the turnips...gorgeous foliage and no fruit! Nah, two of them already have blossoms, so I think I'm OK there.

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  2. WOW! Two week and such great progress! Mine were out on May 1st but it's only now getting warm enough for them to grow properly so I hope for good results this week.

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    1. Jenny, with nights so near freezing, and most days only barely reaching 60F, it surprises me they've grown so well. We're having temperatures in the high 70s up to mid 80s....maybe even 90s this week, so they should really have a growth spurt!

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  3. Happy Mother's Day to you too. I keep hoping to be able to post today, but I've been busy with the kids.

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    1. Daphne, it's still morning coffee time here. Only Annie and Otto are demanding me to feed them.

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  4. Happy Mother's Day, Granny! Those tomato plants look very happy and healthy.

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  5. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Gran!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I'll bet "Thing One and Thing Two" are making it one heck of a happy day for you ;-)

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  6. Your tomto plants look wonderful Annie! I thought maybe since I got my plants and they weren't real small I didn't have to harden them off! Guess I thought wrong! Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

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    1. Nancy, you never know if they've been out in the sun and wind, or inside and protected. It's always better to harden them off and be on the safe side.

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  7. Impressive Tomatoes! My goodness, now that is a wonderful sight! Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Thank you, Jenni! It was in the 80s today, and I swear I could watch those plants growing!

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  8. Happy Mother's Day Granny! Hope you are having a fantastic day!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Yes, I had a wonderful day! The kids did all the cooking and the cleanup :-D

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  9. Oh Wow your tomatoes are doing excellent!

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    1. I'm very happy with their progress, Vanessa.

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  10. Are those the tomatoes that you started in February and had under the lights? What types are they again?
    They are growing like gangbusters! We postponed bean planting today b/c it was TOO hot! lol
    What's your mix in the tomato buckets for soil/fertilizer, etc?
    I love seeing the growth pictures! Thanks for doing that part. I should do weekly pix of ours when we actually get them planted in. I wanted to wait til tonight or maybe tomorrow night to plant but tonight's just too hot. Tomorrow, beans, and prep to plant in tomatoes, then I will be moving on to planting more in buckets and pots that I have available but still haven't had the desire to cut out the bottoms. Wondering tho if that'll be dumb on my part. My place to grow potted tomatoes isn't soil under it, so I can't do that trick. boo.
    Might do some on my patio though too. Maybe just cherry tomatoes on patio. It's a busy time of year.

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    1. No, Amy T., I started these around the middle of March and put them under lights. What types? LOL, a lot of types!

      Black Cherry
      Bloody Butcher
      Bush Celebrity
      Cherokee Purple
      Coastal Pride Orange
      Fabulous
      Homestead
      Isis Candy
      Marglobe Supreme
      Marion
      Minigold
      Mountain Princess
      Pixie
      Rio Fuego
      Una Heartsock
      Victor

      Planted in potting mix, peat moss, vermiculite. I don't measure, just load up a few shovels of this, a few shovels of that and a scoop or two of vermiculite. I just mix it until it looks right to me. I add eggshells, some outdated calcium capsules and a couple of aspirin tablets, all pulverized in the blender. The potting mix has fertilizer in it, so I don't add any more. In the past I always used Ace Potting Mix from Ace Hardware, but there was none to be found in any of the stores here this year, so I used a combination of a good brand (can't remember the name, but not the cheap one) from Lowe's and the remainder of my large bag of Miracle Gro. I tossed in the peat moss because I just had a little bit left in the bag, and wanted to use it up. The plants that are in ground and not in buckets are doing just as well, with only some composted manure dug in and the eggshell stuff.

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