Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Garden

I know, I know. You're just desperate to see what my tiny little garden looks like, right? Well, far be it from me to hold back from you. Here are a few shots of my little patch of produce. The two pots in the back contain strawberries (on the left) and cilantro (which seems to be a little bit tired and declines to stand up fully).
Meet my little friends: Back row, left to right - cucumber, solar fire tomato, solar fire tomato. Middle row, left to right - red pepper, yellow pepper, green pepper. Front row, left to right - red pepper, yellow pepper, green pepper.

So neat and orderly, right? Does anybody know if my tomatoes and peppers need anything to hold them up as the plants get bigger? I'm researching things on the internet, but I always like to hear from someone who's already done it successfully. And I saw something about not watering the garden every day, but I thought that surely can't apply to Texas. Any clue? I need my little plant babies to thrive!


  1. You will definitely need tomato cages or some other structure to hold the tomatoes up. I used el cheapo fencing for my peppers last year - not entirely sure it was necessary, but it made it easier to get in between the plants. The tomato cages, however, are not optional.

  2. Definately need tomato cages and it helps with the peppers too. You can even train a cucumber plant to climb something - otherwise it will sprawl all over your other little plants. You may want to check about getting another cucumber plant - you might need 2 in order to pollinate and actually get veges. And water when the soil feels dry an inch down - so stick your finger in the ground and if it feels dry then water, if it feels wet, then don't. And it looks like the bottom of the raised bed is plastic, so you'll have to be extra careful when you water - if there's no drainage, then water will just sit at the bottom and rot the roots. Good luck! You are farther along on your garden than we are! I've got the plants and seeds, just need it to stop raining so I can plan them!

  3. Yay! Thanks so much, my gardening friends!

  4. We tried to stake the tomatoes rather than use cages and it backfired. Some of ours have been falling over. We water almost every day since it's been so hot. Your cilantro will always look a little droopy. And it doesn't last that long before it goes to seed (mine is out of control and already went to seed). Some people recommend planting cilantro every few weeks for a constant supply or allowing it to seed itself. I've been learning as I go. :)