Spring Garden Update: Week 5
The tomato plants were becoming a tangle of vines, so I bought some galvanized cages for $1.97 a piece. They had some really cool looking colored ones, but at $4.99 a pop I passed. I should have caged/staked the plants earlier, but was able to get them into the cages without much damage.
The tomatoes in the raised bed are doing well. The Brandywine and Black Prince are the tallest. The Brandywine has one small tomatoe and is loaded with flowers. The only other plant that has tomatoes on it is a Big Boy. A picture of the fruit is posted below.
The three tomato plants in pots are also growing well. The Early Girls (the two on the left) are starting to flower. The Celebrity is also beginning to flower. If my plants produce well I am going to be giving tomotoes away to my neighbors!
To assist in yielding the most tomatoes I can I applied the second round of organic fertilizer. Each plant got 1/3 of a cup and I mixed it into the soil. Fertilizer is something new this year, and so far I have noticed the plants are growing faster, and they are a deeper green.
The yellow squash flowers began opening this week. The plant is loaded with buds. The zucchini is in a similar situation. I am eagerly waiting to see what happens when the flowers fall off. I assume a small squash will grow out, though I am not certain after my squah/zucchini failure of Summer 2011.
With regard to watering, the garden is getting 20-25 minutes with a soaker hose in the evening. Ideally I would like to water in the morning, but it is still dark when I wake up. As it continues to get lighter earlier, I think I will switch up my watering schedule.