We’re setting out tomatoes — 17 Comments

  1. It got hot here in Oklahoma finally and when l looked at the garden like l do most mornings there are baby yellow squash, some green tomatoes,and the onions and the garlic are looking good. Had a problem with dolly polies eati g my bean plant but the needs oil seems to have stopped it. Happy planting to you all.

  2. I started potting tomato plants in the green house yesterday. I use large (5 or 6 gal) and seven gallon grow bags so I deal with leggy plants by putting compost in the bottom then start filling so I bury much of the stem. I tried wallowaters in the hoop house several years and ended up with sun scalded plants even with careful ventilation. I tried outdoor tomatoes a couple years with wallowater head start but got almost no ripe tomatoes. Our nights are mostly too cool. Glad you are finally outside.
    Copper Basin Alaska

    • Yep, we also have cool nights which is why we can only get a decent harvest of peppers and melons in our hoop houses. We’ve been planting like crazy and our forecast is for HOT weather. Boo. Why can’t we just have warm weather????

  3. Jackie: A neighbor just had me dig up her entire strawberry bed! So I received about 100 plants. I’m very excited to start a new bed. Here’s the thing. Here in the northeast, it’s baby strawberry season. These plants are covered with little green berries and flowers. I always go by the rule of not letting first year transplants flower or bear fruit. Does that rule apply here or has the plant already expended the energy it needs to start the fruit? I’m thinking the plants might drop the fruit anyway because of the stress of transplanting. I’ll go with your advice. Should I pluck off all the flowers and green berries so the plants can put all their energy into adjusting to their new home? Thank you for all your advice. Jeanne

    • As grass is the worst weed in strawberries, be sure to pick out all roots mixed with the plants. Then, yes, do remove the baby berries. I know it’s hard but if you remove the flowers and berries, your plants will be much stronger and produce very well for you next year. Don’t forget to water them well for the first couple of weeks so they set in nicely.

      • Thanks, Jackie! Yes, going out to water now; first plenty of rain, and now a few dry days and all the garden babies are patiently awaiting a drink.

  4. Glad that you’re finally able to do some outside planting. That is a LOT of rocks that Will is moving around! Have to try Ashley’s bacon wrapped asparagus idea. Looks terrific!

    • That IS a lot of rocks. I’d probably quit but Will is pretty tenacious about such things.

  5. The Wall o’ Water looks like an interesting solution. I put my tomatoes out two weeks ago and we haven’t had any freezing temps since. It is finally warming up, but my bean seeds haven’t received the message yet. – Margy

    • Every year is different. Some year we have terrific success with one crop only to have a total failure with another. If your beans don’t come up after 10-12 days, carefully dig a few up with your finger to make sure they haven’t rotted in the ground. This is sometimes the case following a period of wet, cooler weather.

  6. Can you explain what a “Wall O’ Water” is?????? Looks like your night time temps are about the same as ours here in Kenai, Alaska – 38 – 39 degrees. Our daytime has been getting up to mid 50’s and has been cool. Hurry up warm weather!!! Tomatoes must go in the greenhouse here. Thanks for all you share with us.

    • Happily. The Wall’O Water is an empty, circular sleeve made up of many individual cells, closed on the bottom and open on top. You plant the tomato, put an empty 5 gallon bucket over the plant then slip the Wall over the bucket, open ends up. I sit on another bucket and we fill each cell with the garden hose. Once all cells are full, I pull the bucket off the tomato and out of the Wall and move on to the next tomato. I’ve used them for decades in nasty growing conditions. If I hadn’t had them at 7,600 feet in Montana’s mountains, I couldn’t grow tomatoes; I had to shovel two feet of snow out of my garden in May so the soil would warm up and we even had snow on the 4th of July.

      • And if you live in a high wind area like I do, you may have to put 3 pieces of rebar or sticks inside and next to the WalloWater circle with the plant to keep them from blowing over. Mine start to rock back and forth in the wind, then over they go with a plop. Solved that by using the internal structure of sticks or rebar.

    • Yes. Holy buckets, you are sure right! It is getting better though.

  7. After our coming week of 80’s and thunderstorms,am thinking our small garden will be flying,also!

    • Yes, we’re headed for 90s this week too. That’s just TOO hot for this ol’ gal. But we’re supposed to get a good rain so I’m planting, planting, planting!