Next to potatoes I would have to say tomatoes are the veggie or fruit I enjoy the most and have since I was a kid following dad through the garden taste testing everything. Nothing like a fresh juicy tomato dripping down your chin as you suck the juice from it.
I posted about my first experience growing tomatoes and how it was my first container garden even though it was on the eleventh floor of the apartment building I lived in. That experience made me want to be a gardener even more.
Fast-forward a few decades to 2005 when we purchased the home we call our own today. By this time I had lived through a heart attack but was left with heart damage and couldn’t do much of anything. Very frustrating, however I could still do a bit of container gardening which of course was tomatoes.
Raised Bed Tomato Garden
The first couple of years in our new place my poor heart health kept me weak and no heavy work. I was able to do a little at a time and decided I would try to work one of the raised bed gardens that were here when we moved in.
Of course I had started a container garden of tomatoes again so I used 8 of those tomato plants for my raised bed garden. It was my best year of growing tomatoes and I felt so proud of what I had accomplished.
As you can see from the picture above the raised bed wasn’t very wide so they tomato plants ended up too close together but still produced a lot of tomatoes. The next year I converted that raised bed to strawberries which is another fruit I love.back to menu ↑
Finally An In Ground Vegetable Garden
In 2009 I started a 4×4 foot veggie garden and each year I have made it a little bigger until now, in 2012 I have a 10×20 foot garden.
This year I started all our vegetable from seed, including a number of varieties of tomatoes, of course. I started them in seed trays and once it was warm enough I moved them out to the garage so I could put them outdoors to the lawn each day to get stronger and healthier.
The trays were very flimsy so I had put each tray into another tray to give it some strength but it wasn’t enough. One beautiful spring morning I was moving them one tray at a time to the lawn and a tray of tomatoes twisted in my hands and they all flew across the lawn with their name tags. What a mess.
I lost all my tomatoes except for about a dozen but had no idea where the name tags belonged.back to menu ↑
No Name Tomatoes
I was bummed for a while but I got over and will do better next year. So for this year I will have no name tomatoes until they are big enough to identify.
Out of the dozen I saved that day eight were planted in our vegetable garden and four I planted in a new garden I started this year.
Those I planted in the veggie garden were given the right amount of elbow room and are doing well even though they had a few issues with strong winds and poor staking abilities. I was fortunate not have lost any of them and will do better at staking next year.
I still have a lot to learn about growing tomatoes but I’m getting there, one tip at a time.