Dear tomato “plant”

I am sad to report that my tomato plant called it quits over the weekend.  I came home on Saturday afternoon to see that the plant stalks had fallen over.  To be honest I knew that maybe the plant was not doing so well as it started looking more like weeds than the large leaves I was hoping to see.

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I didn’t bother stalking it as the instructions didn’t say to but I do regret not moving it to a larger pot and updating the soil.  I’ll definitely needed some more love and planning.  And I probably should’ve have watered it more often #BadPlantMom

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I’ve definitely picked up a few tricks for next year, such as spacing the seeds, using more than one planter, starting from a seedling and maybe trying a few varieties.

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My gardening goals are on hold until next year – time to start pinning and planning for next spring!

Planting Tomatoes & Gardening Next Steps

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TLY_GardenUpdate3I FINALLLLYY got around to planting some tomato seeds.  I picked up some ‘initial’ potting mix from Lowes and made a container with a pretty decent drainage system using a tin can and a plate (making the drain holes with a good ol hammer and nail).

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I started the process on Wednesday Afternoon after running some errands and during what I thought would be a nice car seat nap for Miss El.  Unfortunately she woke up crying because of the hammering.  So I had to finish planting the seeds the next day (after the girls’ bedtime) in the garage.  I followed the directions on both the potting mix bag and the seeds envelope.

So within a few days, the tomato seeds sprouted.  I was actually kind of shocked.

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And with the basil I’ve harvested 5 times: 2 batches given to both sets of parents and twice I’ve eaten a caprese salad :)  The last harvest is in the fridge most likely to be eaten in a caprese salad also.

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To be completely honest I am petrified and exhilarated by this whole process.  Here are my next steps

  • Buy a real plant container
  • Research how to transplant tomato seedlings and basil plants
  • Re-research how to harvest basil
  • Buy the “next level” of nutrient rich soil
  • Transplant the plants to the new containers
  • Get on a better schedule for watering
  • Teach Miss S about the plants (mainly so she doesn’t accidentally destroy them)

Getting this Garden Started

So I finally took the first steps to building a backyard garden.  Albeit they are baby steps.  We bought 2 sweet basil plants. For now they are hanging out in their default plastic planters and with their original nutrient rich soil.  I have big plans from these small beginnings.

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Tulips from the Hubz

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  • Find [kid friendly] planter(s) with good drainage
  • Buy more herbs (cilantro and dill for sure) and tomato seedlings
  • Move all plants to their new home planters (which I heard is a process)

For now the plants are sitting on our coffee table because the family room has the most light in the house.  I’ve been monitoring the soil and the overall “hefty-ness” of the planter to judge how much water is needed (at the advice of the lady in the Lowes garden centre).