Will you please humor me by letting me catch up on all the tomato growing fun and excitement around here?
I'm guessing you're thinking, "Yeah, no, I just came here to see crafts. By the way, where have those been lately?"
But on the off chance that you like gardening as much as we do, it's your lucky day...because I have shoved my three tomato documentations (from March 18th, March 29th and May 13th) altogether into one post.
We bought nine varieties this year...we were both most excited about a cherry tomato called "Blue Berries".
I made super simple labels...just some wood sticks from the craft store, some watered down brown craft paint so it worked kind of like a wood stain (I've done this before), a sharpie marker and my messy writing.
The last few years we have grown most of our tomatoes in cinder block planters and we had a few garden boxes. This year we decided to buy more boxes and move them all in the yard to get the plants more afternoon light.
We also learned that you really should switch out the dirt each year, because the previous plants leave behind dead material that can hurt the health of your future plants if you do not rotate crops through.
Since we are not rotating anything, we needed to get new dirt. This can get pricey and has a lot of additives that aren't awesome. So ultimately after a couple conversations at our new favorite local nursery (if you live in Orange County I cannot recommend this place enough) we decided to plant the tomatoes in sand, with a layer of compost on top, and a couple applications of fertilizer at different points in the growing season.
And so far, so good. Can't wait to start sharing tomatoes with our family and neighbors. And look at those Blue Berries cherry tomatoes grow...