Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Seed planting time.

OK, I thought about this and will have to say that I am going to document our, that is mine and my dad's, gardening for the year 2012.  We are in the Phoenix Arizona area and with summers hitting 115 degrees, we have a mild winter with highs in the 60's and lows in the low 30's.

Growing tomatoes is one of the fun and hardest things to do.  This last year, on my dad's place we grew tomatoes, peppers, green beans, okra, eggplants, onions, carrots, beets, chard, herbs, squash and peas with mixed results.  We grew them in Earthtainers and raised beds, that we made ourselves and are for sale, and right now with the experiments and downfalls that we have had, we hope to do better this year.

My dad has started tomato seeds today and here is the list, I also ordered some current tomato seeds and will see how they do here in the heat.
Black Krim
Box Car Willie
Cherokee Purple
Red Boar
Solar Flare

The currant tomatoes will be
Sweet Pea Currant
Gold Rush Currant
Chiapas Wild-Heirloom

This year we will be doing things differently than the last two seasons, yes, here in Phoenix area we have two seasons, maybe three, thanks to the mild winters. We will be using more organic fertilizers in our garden, I think we burned our plants in the fall with too strong of water soluble fertilizer in our Earthtainers and it burned the roots as all of our plants had a very hard time right from the start until we removed the fertilizer strip, then they did better.  I will have pictures here soon after the first of the year.

Thanks for reading about our work and I hope to have more information on our Raised Garden items and our tests of growing heirloom plants here in the hot southwest desert.

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