Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dreams and Inspirations

The seed catalogs for spring 2010. The garden was still frozen when they arrived. Decision, decision, decision. Too many varieties, too little time.

This year I have decided to grow seven varieties of cherry/grape tomatoes. My favorite is Sungold, but can't resist Cabernet, Merlot, and Tami G. These are new super sweet varieties that maybe great for snacking straight from the vine.

I'm big when it comes to recycling, and reusing plastic containers. These are Costco's throw- away roast chicken containers. It's like a mini greenhouse. No need to punch holes. I just lined it with three layers of newspaper. The grooves on the bottom prevent over watering and also act as a reservoir.

Seedling growing under the light. These are tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in March. About eight weeks before the last average frost in our area.

Tomato plants in the green house. Almost ready for the The Inland Empire Gardeners (TIEG) 2010 Garden Expo on May 8, from 9am to 5pm at the Spokane Community College. I've been a club member for three years, and this is also LoLa's Garden's third year as a vendor. It's basically just a hobby that gone wild. I enjoy experimenting and growing different varieties of vegetables, especially tomatoes. Only to end up with too many seedlings to share with friends and family. Having a greenhouse makes it easy to get carried away.

This is from last year's kitchen garden. I'm dreaming of a salsa and a ratatouille that is as good or better than last year's produce. How about you? What is new in your garden this year?