Garden Planted


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Closest is the “Sugary Tomato.” Next blue pot is the “German Johnson Tomato.”

It is after April 15 and the danger of frost has passed so I FINALLY PLANTED MY GARDEN.  IMG_1942

Crook neck yellow squash & goldy zucchini

Of course, there is always a chance of a freak frost, but doubtful.  As noted in a previous blog post http://joannsfoodbites.com/foodie-bites/top-5-prepping-for-your-herb-garden/  I have already prepped my planters.  I had to change my game plan so, I have tried something new.  I planted my two squash plants and one zucchini in an old wheelbarrow.  The wheelbarrow has a huge gash in the bottom, to provide adequate drainage for my plants. I used a high quality potting soil and will watch them closely.

I am also trying two tomato varieties that I have never tried before;

I always plant herbs and this year I decided on two types of basil, parsley, cilantro and chives.

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(2) Genovese basil plants and (1) Sweet basil

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Because I use cilantro very rarely, I enjoy growing it. It is too expensive to use a few leaves and throw into the compost pile.

I choose two different varietals of basil to see if I can taste the difference between the two.

Sweet Basil is characterized as Mediterranean or European-type basil, the taste is sweet, floral and delicate. Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil that originated in Italy. Supposedly, this specialized European strain has less of a tendency to become bitter after long, slow periods of cooking. The plant is also less likely to bolt, meaning it is less likely to flower quickly in hot weather. Flowering stops the vegetative growth of the basil plant. “Genovese” has a reputation for making the best pesto.  Make sure you “pinch” off any flowering blooms on your basil to continue growth throughout the summer.

I would like to know if any of my followers have planted a garden and if so, what did you plant.  Please click the date, at the beginning of the post to leave a comment.

 

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Remember to find your zone before planting to determine the typical last frost.

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1 Comments

  • JoAnn (#)
    April 27th, 2016

    I have since added a Better Boy tomato and some sort of bell pepper to the garden. Will have to see what kind of bell pepper arrives. Thank you Mr. Rex Knight

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