The Garden Journal - May 22

I finally got the tubs to plant my last few tomato plants - I've been stopping by Lowe's every week or so to see if they have them, but no luck. Last year they had these great 20-gallon tubs displayed prominently for a long time - the perfect size for a keg, or a tomato plant. So I finally asked somebody, and we found them way back in a corner by the storage bins. Each holds about 2.5 cubic feet of potting soil, which costs about $5. I drilled 3 holes in the bottom of each, and now the Stupice, Black Brandywine, and Aunt Ruby's German Green are ready to go. I think this nice blue looks pretty good on the patio.

The chollas are blooming - aren't they just gorgeous? The flowers kind of close up in the evening.

And the hollyhocks (right) are about to burst into bloom. They are so amazing - they come up in all kinds of random places, and survive with no intentional watering. But if I try to plant them somewhere, they never seem to take. They just do their own thing. What a gift!

Not too much else is new since last week, except... the sugar snap peas are fat and sweet, and we ate about a pound of them this weekend! Since I planted them on Presidents' Day, I calculate that it took about 90 days to harvest. This is interesting, because the packet says 60-70 days. I usually don't remember to compare, but I feel like things always take longer for me! Now I wonder if planting them later would be better.

I planted some cilantro in the back yard in the shade, and some marigold and basil seeds around the edges of the tomato beds.


Anonymous said…
do you drill holes in the blue containers before you fill with soil?
Amy said…
Yes, I drilled three big holes in the bottom of each. Another thing that is great to do, which I forgot this time, is to put a handful of Epsom salts into the soil at the bottom of the container. Some people swear by it.
Anonymous said…
I heard about (and tried) the Epsom salt plus dry milk powder (1 tlbsp. of each per plant) this year for the first time - new experiment.
Amy said…
Ooh, cool! I haven't heard the dry milk thing before.

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