Monday, May 11, 2009

Farmer D

I've decided this summer to try my hand at a tomato plant. I have not purchased the little buggar yet but saw that a local garden place has some on sale.
I don't know for sure why I am tackling this project. I think mostly because S has expressed a desire to have a vegetable garden. So I thought to go with the easiest one I could think of: tomatoes. (Are they really easy? I don't know for sure but will find out!)
Also, I like the idea of having something home-grown. Just walk outside and pick a tomato right off the vine. Yum!
I'm the only one in the family who really likes tomatoes but I can use them for salsa and I have a super easy bruschetta recipe that I would love to serve at a party.Homemade spaghetti sauce maybe? Something that would also be first for me. I also read briefly that tomatoes can be frozen and then thawed in the microwave halfway and then tossed into a stew. Yummy!
I don't even want to think about canning. Yet. Maybe I'll try it but honestly, I'd rather give them away first! :) (So let me know if you'd want any from my harvest, should there be one.)
One concern I had about doing a garden was rabbits. I don't know that they are fans of tomatoes but I don't want to take chances given that we do have them in the neighborhood (You should have seen the lawn after the snow melted!)
I've decided to try a container garden. It won't be the super cool enclosed, raised garden hutch we saw at Sam's, though. From what I've read I basically need a 5 gallon container with drainage holes, put the soil and other things in, add the plant and keep it well watered.
Sounds easy. I will see. I hope S will enjoy the experience with me. I don't really have a green thumb but I do appreciate flowers and vegetables and lovely things so I hope this project will work.
It makes me also think I should get a cucumber plant and maybe some herbs.
OK. I know. One step at a time.
I'll be sure to journal my efforts and include pictures.
Anyone with advice on container gardens, please feel free to contact me!

1 comment:

Amber said...

Sounds like alot of fun.... keep us posted. I did two tomato plants last summer and they were pretty easy --- they got REALLY big - so just make sure you have plenty of room and put one of those metal things around it to support it as it grows.