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~ My Gardens in Parkville ~
~ A Start in 2007 ~ And Many Years After ~

After 6 years or so back in Parkville I was missing my garden I had in St Joseph
And those luscious tomatoes... Where could I plant some here?
Let's go See





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



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




Then a few weeks later, looking great!




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




The first to start turning color




The first tomato? Well, it was really delicious




And then really producing...




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




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




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 peppers
Had a few from this plant, not as productive as the jalapenos




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




The basil did great, picked and dried and I got a lot of this
I got a bit of the rosemary dried and stored, but the thyme died out




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




A yucca from the Price Chopper and three pineapples from tops of fresh ones
I planted to see what would happen... The last planting for 2007




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




Separated the yucca into 4 sections as it had grown to touch the ceiling inside




Then I constructed a small raised bed at the side of the building for the tomatoes




Planted three Better Boys tomato plants in the new bed
And tred 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 tasty 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?
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 posted 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, a lot more than I could use




I even had some that I could share with my neighbors




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 tomatoes
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 buy some insecticide
Here the nasty critter lunching on my plant




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 tossed them into the dumpster>




So, what in store for the Next Year?... This was the start of the First year in 2007
And there are more new plans for the many next years to come



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



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