Several weeks ago I was the fly on the wall listening to the greats of our garden map out future garden beds.
As you know from our last post, our 3 trial beds will have Celebrity tomatoes. One bed will be fertilized with chemical fertilizer, one with organic and one will receive compost. Tomatoes will be weighed and plants measured to determine which method of fertilization is best.
Jim has started Black Krim and Purple Cherokee Tomatoes by seed.
We will also grow San Marzano tomatoes at Linda’s suggestion. These are the only tomatoes we will grow without a cage. Linda had great success letting her San Marzano sprawl across her garden bed rather than being contained in a cage. Linda says the thick cover of the plant kept the squirrels away. Really, Linda? I am going to give that a try.
Pepper plants will be in #3. Poblano, Serranos, Hot Boss Big Man and Sweet Gypsy are on our list. Sue savored the Sweet Gypsy peppers. And yes, Hot Big Boss Man is the name of a hybrid pepper, a cross between an ancho and poblano. More info here.
Cucumbers and Eggplant to be planted later in bed #5 and notice long beans will also have a home there.
Contender and Goldmine beans will be planted April 1st.
Okra will be planted in 6 when the onions and garlic are pulled.
Blackeyed peas will grow on a trellis all summer says Dorothy.
We are out of room! What about pumpkins you say? Jim suggested planting them around the fig tree in the field.
If you need a vegetable planting guide, here are two we have relied on:
Be sure to tap our new Master Gardener website for a wealth of information.
Plot Plan by Dorothy Shockley