March Madness in the Garden

Several weeks after planting seeds and transplanting seedlings- that had been started indoors (see previous post)- into the garden, things are looking good.  We have had cool weather here in Houston, unseasonably cool this week, which means growth has slowed down.  Despite that, I have 65 tomato plants 1 to 3 feet tall and very healthy.

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Green Beans, Yellow Wax Beans, Cucumbers, Carrots, Radishes and Beets all pushing through the soil to find the sun.  Transplants of swiss chard, snap peas, peppers, and varieties of herbs and lettuce are growing on….

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Our first tomato has formed and it is the Cherokee Purple Grafted.  A new option for tomato plants became available this year identified as Grafted Tomatoes –brand name Mighty Matoes.  Similar to the approach used with antique roses, heirloom tomato varieties are grafted to rootstock that is disease resistant, a higher yield producer and generally performs well in your climate.  End Result= Great tasting heirloom tomato, with higher yields and healthier plants….we shall see…

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And the strawberry fairy has arrived, hopefully he will help our 8 plants give us a few berries to eat in the garden while we work

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