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~ My Garden in Parkville ~
~ An Experiment in 2007 ~ Another in 2008 ~


After 6 years or so back in Parkville I was missing my garden I had in St Joseph... and those luscious tomatoes... So ... where could I plant some here?

Well, to the left here, under the tree, is the large pot with the tomatoes I grew in 2007, quite a crop produced in that one pot...

So, off to Wal*Mart to buy a big pot and some potting soil, then to Larry's Nursery for three Better Boys tomato plants...

And after a few weeks they are going good...

And a few more weeks, looking great!

And then the tomatoes started coming... Had to start tying them to the trellis...

The first to start turning color...

And now really producing...

But at the end of the summer, the plant tired out and was retired...

The first tomato? Well, it was really delicious...

And I had all I needed to use myself and some to let the neighbors sample... I believe the final count was 140 GOOD Better Boys...

So then, after I planted the tomatoes, how about trying some peppers... Here some Mexibells, I got a few, had a nice spicy taste, good for stuffing...

And some jalapenos, got enough from this plant to pickle a few...

And some Hungarian yellow wax... And had a few from this plant, not as productive as the tomatoes...

Then a try at some herbs... Thyme, Rosemary and Basil...

The basil did great, picked and dried a lot of this, I got a bit of the rosemary dried and stored, but the thyme died out with no production...

Then an experiment that didn't work, planted radishes in a planter, but didn't thin them enough and got nothing but leaves...

So, I replaced them with geraniums which bloomed all summer long...

And then just for fun, a little cactus from Larry's Nursery...

And a yucca from the Price Chopper and three pineapples from tops of fresh ones I planted to see what would happen...

And that about winds up the garden for 2007...

So, what's new for 2008? Well... set the pineapples back outside, that wintered inside...

And separated the yucca into 4 sections as it had grown to touch the ceiling inside...

Then to construct a small raised bed at the side of the building for the tomatoes...

Next, plant three Better Boys tomato plants in the new bed... and try a crop of radishes before the tomatoes got going...

And I thinned the radishes good and they looked good.. but...

The entire 2008 crop of white icicle radishes, they were good but I just have no luck with radishes...

So after harvesting the radishes, the Better Boys had the bed to themselves...

After a delay by a late cool spell in May, the Better Boys finally took off...

Reaching to the roof...

Finally they started to color and I could pick a few at a time... But somehow they didn't seem to taste as good as last year...

They were really loading up on the front of the vines...

And finally toppled over with the weight of the still unripe tomatoes...

So I picked all the green ones and chopped up the vines and into the dumpster...

And made some green tomato relish with these 60 or so green ones...

But then... What about that big pot I grew the Better boys in last year?

Well, when I got the Better Boys transplants, I picked out a cherry tomato plant and tried that out...

And the cherry tomato plant did quit well in the big pot...

I checked the growth progress every week on my Yahoo Blog...

HAH! Now taller than I am...

Then they started to ripen and I had as many cherry tomatoes all summer as I could use...

Later, more than I could use...

I even had some that I could share with my neighbor...

As the season waned the plant started looking tired and shabby but the tomatoes kept coming...

And I kept picking until they were all gone, then the poor old plant was chopped up and into the dumpster...

But what about the flowers? Since the geraniums were priced so high I opted for less expensive marigolds this year...

And they grew and bloomed happily all summer long...

Then I got a packet of seeds in the mail... What's a cosmos? Well, let's plant them and see...

Well they grew and grew, I looked them up online, they grow like weeds and bloom extensively (they said)...

And they grew so tall that the wind starting blowing them over... but NEVER a single bloom of any kind...

So, what else can I add to the 2008 season... Ahhh. the attack of the tomato hornworm...

I just missed a few days checking on the Better Boys and when I did I saw extensive damage.. Who or what is stripping my tomato plants?

So a bit of poking around and I found the culprit.. or culprits, there were several of the voracious caterpillars hiding in the leaves...

So I knocked off a few and stomped on them, then off to the hardware store for some insecticide, to the horror of my friend Sigi in Germany, who detests all chemical poisons...

Here the nasty critter lunching on my plant...

And what else? Well no room inside this year for the yuccas or the pineapples... So the bitter cold and snow took great toll on them...

And on a warm day late this winter I took them out of the pots and into the dumpster...

So, what in this new year of 2009?... This was the start of last year... And there are some new plans for this year...

~ HAPPY GARDENING! ~

~ And That was the Garden for 2008, What's Next? ~



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