This post is for Pam & Chesley, and anyone else who is interested in our vegetable garden. Our garden is all along the south side of our house. We still have a raised bed in the back yard in a sunny spot, but to prevent disease, we did not plant tomatoes, potatoes, or peppers in the same bed this year. Not to mention this side yard gets incredible sun.
There is a sidewalk all the way down the center, and each side gives about 18″ to 2 feet of space and about 45 feet long, not too wide, but I figured I’d give it a try this year.
Last year, my tomato plants got to be about 8-9 feet tall, but I didn’t get very much fruit. So this year I did A LOT of pruning as the plant was growing. My tallest one is about 5 feet tall. Two of them are growing along the fence line and are more wide than tall as I have them on a fence like cage. Those two are producing the most fruit by far. Below is the one on the house edge in the cage. The tallest plant, but with only about 5 pieces of fruit as of this morning.
You can kind of tell this one is on a fence style cage and is spread out across about 4-5 feet and about 4-5 feet tall.
I also have some Serrano Peppers & Habanero Peppers growing. The serrano plants are producing like wildfire, the Habanero won’t pollinate, but has a healthy amount of blooms. I tried manually pollinating, but I still don’t think that has worked. BEES, please come play here!
The potatoes (you saw my first harvest on Sunday) are really thriving. You can even grow those in a box if you need. It turns out this 18″ wide bed is perfect for one row of potatoes.
And…as requested…the watermelon. It has about 5-6 new flowers every day, but I haven’t seen any fruit yet (no, I so don’t go out there 3 times a day to check ;)). Supposedly 35 days after seeing fruit you will have a ripe melon. You never know if our summer will hang on that long, so, we’ll see! All in all, this plant is about 12 feet long. I received a recommendation the other day to cage it up, so we’ll see how that works (or if I get to it).
Yum. Can’t wait to keep harvesting through the summer!