New Fruit & New Challenge

This year we’ve planted much more than last year with our efforts concentrating on replacing some of the usual herbs, fruits, and veggies we purchase at the local chain store.

This year we sowed two varieties of tomato; San Marzano and Jelly Bean. The San Marzano tomatoes are making their appearance in adorable little clusters. That’s a big difference from the Roma tomatoes we grew last year that usually grew on different branches of the plant.

Practically all the seeds we sowed germinated, which left us wondering what to do with a bunch of tomato plants in such a limited gardening space. The Topsy Turvy sounded like a good idea and up to now seems to be a good solution. I can vouch that filling and adding the small tomato plants is a two person job. One person is needed to hold the bag as it gets filled with soil and the plants are added from the outside through the holes. Out of the eight plants, five were strong enough to take the transplantation into the Topsy Turvy growing strong and tall.

Cucumbers planted need a sturdier trellis so that will be a project for us in the next couple of weeks. The challenge I inadvertently created for us is that I used an old metal baby gate that has started falling over due to gravity and recent winds. Now that the vine has weaved into my make-shift trellis I can not replace the structure but have to find a way to reinforce it without damaging our sensitive cucumber plant. Maybe we can make some sort of corner brackets.

How is your garden growing? Any tips on how to reinforce my cucumber “trellis”?

Happy Gardening,

Ladybug Elsa 🐞

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