even though we are tentatively planning on moving late this summer, i couldn’t bear the thought of a summer without tomatoes, which, if all goes as planned, would be coming on just as we’re getting ready to leave.
i’ve heard through the grapevine that this could potentially be the summer for tomatoes. the last two years in a row the weather here has been so hot, and the spider mites so bad, that few tomatoes were to be had. but this year, this year, could be… The Year. and i don’t want to miss out. i decided to plant them all in plastic buckets, so that, come time to move, we can bring them along.
i purchased a series of plastic five gallon buckets at lowe’s and husby drilled holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.
i then loaded them up with soil, dug a little hole and added some egg shells for a calcium boost. this was a little trick i learned that helps eliminate blossom end rot. it really does work.
i put in the plants, labeled them….
set the cage around the plant, and placed them in the back of the yard where they should receive the needed 6-8 hours of sun a day.
in addition to one ancho pepper plant, i have two roma tomatoes, and four cherokee purples. we decided to add some grape tomatoes, and i wanted to give something new and funky (for us at least) a try: a cream sausage tomato.
the buckets, along with all the other things i have in pots in preparation for the move, really make the yard look junkie, but, they are happily growing and i’m keeping my fingers crossed for homemade spaghetti sauce (the romas), and roasted tomato pie (the cherokee purples) prepared in our new kitchen late this summer.