Anyway, here are the Cherokee Purple tomato plants growing in the 4x8 box that look as good as any plant that's been grown by myself in over 20 years. Needless to say, this makes me really happy, because these 8 plants are gonna bring alot of happiness to me and my family this year. The homemade salsa that's gonna be made this year will be with these tomatoes, and I bet the sweetness of the tomatoes will make it really good. You'll notice a couple of really small plants in the front, which are some suckers that were rooted.
Photo below - since the plant acquired from the workshop at the extension office eventually bit the dust, it was replaced with one of the volunteer jelly bean plants from my place of work. Oh, it's quite happy in here, and I expect it to thrive.
Photo below - one of the jelly bean plants that I started from seed is setting fruit like crazy. This particular one is growing in a swp constructed from 2 cat litter buckets. In all, there are at least 4 jelly bean plants in the garden, because me and Austin sure do like eating 'em! Since it's likely that we'll be completely covered in salad tomatoes this year, i'll probably try to use most of them in different things - like spaghetti sauce and who knows what else. I bet a really chunky sauce would be good.....
Photo below - the first beefsteak tomato to have fruitset is on one of the Giant Oxhearts, and I can't wait to try this one....In all, there are four Giant Oxheart plants in the garden, and I sure hope they are good. This one is being grown in a swc by the shed.
Photo below - Here's the heavily pruned Brandywine plants that are experiencing foliage issues right now. Copper fungicide has been applied to the entire plants, and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it slows the problem down. After some research, it appears that Brandywine is one of the worst heirloom tomatoes a person can grow in the deep south, because it has all kinds of problems. Oops!
The weekend was spent working on the big flowerbed for my wife, and the construction of it will occupy at least 2 posts. If you have thought about constructing a raised bed on a slope but didn't know how to do it, then this project should be of some help to you. I really enjoy showing people how to build things, and this project is gonna be a really good one to follow. While out there working on it, my son told me "Ya know....you could have your own tv show". Yeah, I guess it is possible, but who would want to sponsor me? Hehe....Anyway, because of the numerous photos and detailed tutorial, these posts will have their own pages, and links to them will be present on the right side of the page. I'll let you know when the links become active....
Take care, and happy gardening!