Monday, May 23, 2011

I Have a New Challenge-The Cucumber Plant

My Mom has given me some cucumber plants.  We love cucumbers in my house so this should be great! I may even try to make pickles with them, but I can't get ahead of myself yet.  This is the first year I have grown cucumber plants so I do not want to make big plans for them until I know that I can successfully grow them.  I did plant them in the yard yesterday but have not taken pictures yet as we have been having rain (all but Saturday) for the past week and a half.  I planted them Sunday, as it was originally supposed to be sunny all week this week.  Well now it looks like rain for another week! They had to be transplanted tho, she just gave them to me but they were way too big for their container.  Hopefully I will get some sun and will be able to take some pictures to share of my plants.  So far I have tomato, pepper, cucumber and 1 cabbage plant.  My onion plants died before getting them outside.  Not sure about why the onion died but I will research them, never grew them before.  The cabbage plant is my daughter's school project.  It is the first time for us with cabbage as well.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Nice and Healthy Tomato Plant

Here is one of my tomato plants.  This is not one of the ones I started from seeds, I did cheat and buy 2 partially grown.  They both started out to be about 6 inches tall and have been growing quite nicely! So far they have over doubled in size since I planted then just after Easter.  My babies are coming along, well the ones that my cat couldn't get to since he likes the leaves of the baby tomato plants.  I am hoping to have some yummy tomatoes soon! If all my plants survive, I will end up with enough tomatoes to feed my neighborhood I think.  Being still pretty new to the gardening thing, I decided to start out with more plants then what I expected to survive.  So far they are liking the soil from my yard.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Most of My Plants Are Now Transplanted!

I got some of my plants transplanted now.  A couple of plants I did right after Easter and a few I did a couple days later.  I am trying something new this year.  Last year I really couldn't use my yard as there were neighbors dogs using my yard as a potty (was not very happy with this but it was bad!) This year we get the occasional cat coming in and pooping but nothing like last year.  I decided to plant some plants in the yard up against my fence, I am hoping that they see enough sun as our yard is mostly shade (the other reason why I couldn't use yard last year.)  The soil should be quite good tho, nothing has been planted there in at least 4 years.  So far a couple of my tomato plants have been quite happy with the soil and the strawberry plants that were in planters last year have really been taking off! I am getting quite a few flowers on the strawberry plants.  Of course I still have some plants in a planter, so yes it is still my deck garden.  I put a tomato plant in a planter, 3 pepper plants in a planter and I will be using my topsy turvy this year for another tomato plant.

I noticed last year that putting 3 pepper plants in a planter (as long as the planter is deep enough) is ok.  They produced quite a lot of peppers.  Tomato plants need their own planter tho.  Their roots grow deeper and bigger.  Hoping that my plants in the yard turn out to be great! Oh yeah and we also have a cabbage plant in the yard.  It is a school project for my daughter.  None of the animals have bothered it so it must not smell or taste good to them.  Young tomato plants are subject to the cats eating them but once they get a little bigger and start to get the adult tomato plant smell, they are no longer appetizing to the cats.