container tomato growing

Last summer's container garden

Last week I started my container vegetable garden— well, just the tomatoes. I am conducting an experiment: comparing the Tomato Program from Classic Gardens in Centerpoint, AL and Easy Container Combos: Vegetables & Flowers (Pamela Crawford’s Contianer Gardening) (will be planting a container today).

Well, one of my tomato plants has given up and I am to blame. I used a root stimulator (according to the instructions) and some of the formula got on the leaves of my plants. I used a watering can that had a shower head which dispersed the mixture over the pot. It was difficult to keep the water from getting on the leaves because of “the way one should plant the tomatoes” (that is a link to a “tomato growing tips” article I wrote) –deep, with just the top leaves above the dirt.

The next morning I noticed dark spots on the leaves. The only thing that could have caused this was the root stimulator. I immediately showered the plants with clean water from the tap–hoping that any stimulator on the leaves would be washed off. That appeared to work because no more spots or leaf damage appeared.

Well, one week later, my brandywine tomato is wilting big time. The other plant is still upright and showing signs of new growth.

Lesson learned: do not let the root stimulator mixture get on the leaves of your transplants.

I will replace the dying brandywine with “sweet 100”.  I have heard good things about this variety. Or maybe a “lemon boy” tomato. It is one of my favorites.

Stay tuned.

Well, all my daffodils and hyacinths have bloomed and faded away. Last Friday the hubby and I went to the beach for a short getaway. It was beautiful (Sunny and 70’s) when we left. On Saturday it rained and then got colder–had to put the heat on in the house on the Alabama shore. Sunday, the sun came out at noon and we got to walk on the beach. No tarballs could be seen! The beach was sugary white. Still on the chilly side, though.

When we got home, the cooler weather had bruised our camellias and the white blossoms were turning tan and brown. That is why I usually do not like to have white blooming bushes in my garden. White blossoms just look so very sad when the bloom is passing.

Oh, such is life in the southern garden.

However, there is only a little over a month until the frost danger is past. I am already looking for a few good tomato plants!

Here is a product that is on my wish list! I think that one of these would help me patiently await the arrival of Springtime. I also imagine that one of these would keep me outside, too.

Green Telescopic Patio Heater

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Green Telescopic Patio Heater

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