I planted my 2016 garden last Sunday!
I purchased tomatoes and cucumbers at Home Depot and planted some (probably very old) Burpee zucchini seeds. I had seriously considered decreasing the number of plants I put into the garden, but Husband (easily) convinced me that if we were going to put in a garden at all, we might as well plant 6 tomatoes again.
Since we put the weed-blocking cloth down last year, it was so much easier to get the garden set up for this year! Wow. I just had a few weeds to pull, and I was good-to-go.
This year, I decided to switch the sides on which I planted the tomatoes and cucumber/zucchini. I don’t know, call it crop rotation or something! I just had the idea that it might be good to switch. Otherwise, the planting is exactly the same as it was last year– I separated the layers of weed-preventing fabric and planted the seedlings (and in the case of the zucchini, the seeds). We bought new metal wire trellises for the cucumbers this year, since the wooden ones we got for our first garden in this location had lived their life.
We’ve had so much rain here recently that I was easily able to water the whole garden from the rain barrel!
After I had the in-ground garden planted, the kids “helped” me to plant their cherry tomato in a pot on our deck. I helped them to use the spade to replace the soil around the plant, and they took turns watering. I hope that they will really enjoy watching their plant grow and have a fun (and delicious) time eating its fruit!
TamiG grape (hybrid) tomato
Cherokee Purple (heirloom) tomato
Super Fantastic (hybrid) tomato
Burpless (hybrid) cucumber
Husky Cherry Red (hybrid) tomato (for kids’ pot on the deck)