flowering chives

Chives in flower

4th of July tomato

A new variety of tomato called 4th of July, a relatively compact, indeterminate variety that is ideal for growing in containers.

Vegetable transplants are arriving daily, and they look beautiful. I set out a bed of mixed peppers and bunching onions, a bed for eggplants and a bed for the French filet beans to share with some celery and herbs. I’m not sure which I’m most excited for, although right now I’d say the beans.

We also ordered several tomatoes for displaying our Tomato Towers, new Topple-Proof Cages and the Tomato Success Kit. These included Better Boy, Early Girl, Sweet Million, Sweet Baby Girl and a new variety to me: Fourth of July, which should deliver ripe fruits in a mere 49 days from transplant!

Today I set up a Tomato Success Kit in a new color: Almond. I think I’m in love with the self-watering features. My parents have struggled to successfully grow tomatoes on their patio in southern Florida, mostly because the sun is so strong that their plants keep drying out. The Tomato Success Kit would solve this problem and I know that they would appreciate the optional casters; tomato season and hurricane season are one and the same down there and ease of mobility rates pretty high when there’s a bad forecast.

I also set up a group of Terrazza planters: the Raised Bed, Trough and Square. When it came time to fill them, I scratched my head to remember the formula for calculating volume from high school. Actually, I aced geometry, but I was stuck on how to figure bags of soil and compost that were measured both in cubic feet and by quarts. I had to giggle as the first Google search on my iPhone turned up the Soil Calculator at gardeners.com. It spelled everything out for me, including a recipe for percentages of soil, compost, soilless mix and fertilizer. A mere 500 feet away, someone that I pass in the halls developed this awesome tool. If I find out who it was, I must thank him or her.