Tuesday, May 4, 2010

You're getting warmer

Well friends, the month of May has finally arrived and I think it's safe to say we've seen the last of the cold.  Now that the soil has warmed, the peppers have found their place in the plot along with the tomatoes and a pair of eggplant.  I put the finishing touches on the drip irrigation system and everything is up and running.    The onions, garlic and shallots have broken through the surface and seem to be doing quite well.

                         Bugs eye view of the onions and shallots

This year I've decided to grow two tomato plants in the Earthbox.  This system works very well if you follow the instructions for the proper setup which include using a soil-less potting mix and adding dolamite lime and granular fertilizer.  Once the plants go in, position the box in full sun and add water daily to the funnel pipe until it runs out the overflow hole near the bottom.  Since the fertilizer is added at the time of planting, it lasts the entire growing season.  It's impossible to overwater or overfertilize, the hallmark of most failures in the garden. The plants take what they need when they need it, and as long as you position in full sun, you can't go wrong.  In fact, I would venture to say you have to have a special skill set to fail at this endeavor!  

1 comment:

  1. This sounds easy enough. Isn't that going to kill a spot in your beautiful lawn, I'm just saying. I might try it.