Remember last month when I mentioned buying lots of tomato transplants for my garden? I am so glad I did! I have not been having the best luck with my seeds this year. A lot of them are two or three years old now, so I’m thinking maybe it’s time to buy some new ones. I used to look at buying transplants as cheating (because I really want to start from seed!), but now I see it as hedging my bets.
The tomatoes I started from seed are all either dead or still barely an inch tall. But my transplants are looking fabulous. Last year, I didn’t realize that you’re supposed to prune indeterminate tomatoes and I think that’s one of the reasons I didn’t get as many (ripe) tomatoes as I would have liked. Lesson learned! Tomatoes need pruning!
But nevermind the beaten up strawberries. Because: blackberries! I am so excited about blackberries. I love buying them from the farmers market, but they’re pricey–now I’ll have hundreds of them right outside our kitchen. Yes hundreds! You can’t see it in this photo, but the vine is just covered in little green berries.
Beans are the one type of seed that I never seem to have trouble with. Dependable beans! If my eggplant and tomato seeds don’t do anything soon, I’m going to plant some more beans in those squares. I’m growing a few different varieties, but these are Holstein Cowpeas.
This is my White Pumpkin seedling. I got these seeds from Cubit’s, although it looks like they’re currently sold out. Last year, all of my squash succumbed to vine borers. This was super disappointing because summer and winter squashes are among my favorite veggies. My plan this year is to be more aggressive with Bt treatments and do a few successive plantings of the summer squash.
How is your garden doing? Do you have any tips on how to eliminate vine borers? Because really, if I don’t get any zucchini for a third year in a row, I’m going to be a very sad panda.