The time arrived for tomato and pepper plants to go into the garden Wednesday afternoon.
The area set up for tomato plants was over run with volunteer dill.
I decided to leave the dill on this side of the tomatoes at least for now. Trying to support the swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
Here are the five tomato plants anxious to go into the ground. Melanie shared these with me in our big plant swap, garden tour, get together at her place in April. She does an amazing job starting vegetable plants in her greenhouse.
Varieties: Brandywine, Mater Sandwich, Amish Paste, Chocolate Cherry and Sweet Baby.
Now, I know what you're thinking. There is no way five tomato plants will fit into that little space shown above. In general, most things are planted closer together than recommended at Garden on Sherlock Street. I just don't have extraneous space. I'll admit that sometimes I miss calculate. For instance, the peas shaded the melon sprouts for too long last summer. They just didn't get a good start. However, I've always planted my tomatoes this close together and still had fruit. It's sort of like having a tomato hedge.
Not only do all the tomatoes have blooms going into the ground, Sweet Baby has one tiny cute tomato.
Tomatoes benefit from being planted deeper than they are in their starting containers because they will grow roots off the main stem if it is put below soil level. I dug nice deep holes for the tomatoes.
I just snapped off the leaves that would have been below soil level.
Then, put the soil back and a little straw.
Five happy tomato plants in the garden.
I typically place water jugs around my plants to keep them warm on chilly nights. That is not necessary this spring. Instead, the water jugs will act as wind buffers for the newly transplanted tomatoes.
Three pepper plants went into the garden on Wednesday too.
Here's another small space planned for peppers.
Till the soil a bit.
Yes, those are peas on the left. They're growing well but not blooming yet.
Gather the pepper plants. One jalapeno and two red bell plants.
Peppers get planted at the same depth that the plants are in their pots.
A few water jugs to protect the pepper plants.
In other water jug news...
The winter sown seeds were a bust this year for the gardillia. The one chocolate plant sprout perished. That leaves three containers of false sunflower. They are looking good. I made them a window to allow more air circulation. It'll be a bit yet before putting them in the ground.
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