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Why I Quit Buying Seeds for My Garden 3 Years Ago

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I save seeds for heirloom tomatoes, several herbs, beans and corn. It’s a very easy and convenient way to free yourself from having to spend a lot of money every spring when it’s time to plant the garden.

Almost three years ago, I also signed myself up for a membership for the Seeds of The Month Club. It was the only thing I bought on Black Friday that year. The idea was so fun, old-fashioned and low-tech! You get actual seed packets, mailed to your house, every month! Who doesn’t love getting things in the mail? I still get so excited when (read more on this blog’s new location…)

Garlic planting multi-dibble tool in progress

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I saw plans online for this tool, so I started making one.

When it is finished, I will have handles on the other side. It will be pressed into a prepared 2 foot wide garden row, making 10 evenly spaced planting holes.  The two “extra” pegs mark the spacing for the next row.

Garlic plot tilled and ready

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66 feet long, two rows of 2 feet each. I really hope the garlic grows well this year. I’ll plant it in a couple weeks.

Rainbow on my counter

Red mild jalapenos, Roma and Ester Hess tomatoes, a random cucumber and green mild jalapenos

Red mild jalapenos, Roma and Ester Hess tomatoes, a random cucumber and green mild jalapenos

I realized today that with the yellow throw in there I had quite an assortment of colors on my counter.

I realized today that with the yellow throw in there I had quite an assortment of colors on my counter.

Tomato Variety Photo Reviews

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I have been taking photos of the tomato varieties I grew this year.  Thanks to my very smart cell phone, the photos get magically transferred to my computer and are named with the time and date they were taken.  To me, this is far easier than taking notes with paper and pencil, because THIS I will do and that I usually neglected.

Tomato Variety Photo Reviews

The reviews are done as “pages” instead of “posts.”  That way they will always be available from the site menu bar.

I will go back and add in things that I noticed or remembered about each variety, but for now it’s mostly just pictures on each page.  If something about one of the photos interests you, then by all means leave a comment or ask a question.

Oh boy, sister

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Most mornings before work I walk through the garden. In the three-sisters garden it’s the same thing every day.  More male flowers, no new fruit. I don’t have a clue what I did wrong, but from the entire plot right now I seem to have one spaghetti squash and one little acorn squash.  The rest is just vines and pretty flowers.

I am done resizing beds

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I am finally finished rebuilding most of my garden’s raised bed frames.  I now no longer have any 6×8 beds.  I found out that I much prefer them to be 4 feet wide.

I love that central column of 6 raised beds!

As you can see, I added 2 more truckloads of wood chips to the paths.  I need 1 more load to complete the project.

I canned another gallon and a half of tomatoes. Today it was prepared pizza sauce.

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Best year for green peppers – 2013

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Like the tomatoes, 2013 has turned out to be my best year for green peppers too.  I picked this dozen from 3 of my 5 little 18 inch high bushes, and I have about 10 more this size still growing.

Christmas in July?

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Not really Christmas, but unseasonably chilly last week.  This is nice because indeterminate tomatoes like to set fruit between 50 & 90 degrees Fahrenheit,  and do best in the middle of that range.

Roma Harvest 2013

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My 3 determinate Roma plants grew about a bushel each this year. I am tempted to grow a few more unpruned tomatoes next year if the level of disease stays as low as I have been having in 2013.  I haven’t picked but half of them and I already canned up almost 3 gallons of thickened sauce.

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