Today, pretty much all my garden time was spent working on projects in the greenhouse. In spite of a weather forecast that predicted mostly cloudy weather today, it was really mostly sunny, making the greenhouse quite warm. I opened up the side panels, so there was a nice breeze blowing through and the temperature felt nicely warm but not too hot. Although it took a few hours, I was able to get a good amount accomplished today.
Planting the tomatoes in the self-watering containers was my big project for the day. Derek has been working on building the containers since last weekend and today was the day to put everything together and put the tomatoes in their new home. I have both San Marzano and Viva Italia tomatoes in these containers. Both are supposed to be good sauce tomatoes. I prefer tomatoes cooked so the majority of the tomatoes I am planting this year are sauce varieties.
Last weekend I began planting in the Topsy Turvy planters. This year I will grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in the planters. I have room to hang 10 planters and will finish getting these planted as soon as the cucumbers are ready for planting. It’s hard to see, but I also prepped the two far beds for growing cucumbers and melons. Each bed had a cucumber trellis set up. Under the trellis, I will grow lettuce and other plants that can tolerate some shade. I should be able to plant the melons and cucumbers next weekend. Next weekend will be a busy one as I’ll need to plant the winter squash as well, possibly also the bean plants. I’ll have to check with DoubleD to know if the timing is right to get the beans in the ground.
And I’ll end with a group shot of our chickens. All five of the chickens continue to lay well, even as they’ve gone through moulting. Speaking of chickens, after the demise of our baby chicks, we decided to try again, this time with more dog-proofing in place. We’ve replaced the three Golden Sex Links and I added a Golden Laced Wyandotte for good measure. Hopefully we’ll have better luck this time.