Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 49

The real battle begins! This morning I found 4 tomato hornworms on my plants. 3 on the pear tomato and 1 on the other. Almost missed the last one. I hope I got them all. I scour those bushes daily now looking for budding fruit and never saw any worms. Where do they come from?!!
I can see on the leaves they have been snacking. **update** found another one on the pear tomato plant. Argh!
I am also going to have to start watering multiple times a day. Today's forecast:

On the happy side I do have a lot more fruit - especially on the pear tomato plant; it is going crazy.
Nice bushy tomato plants. Freshly watered before today's high
Big and little tomatoes
Just a few of the pear tomatoes
The culprits
Flourishing herbs
Sprouting carrots

Saturday, June 9, 2012

day 42

What a tough past two weeks for the tomatoes. They are doing well despite that it was 100 degrees and then pouring rain a few days later. I just this morning saw a big black bumblebee fly away from one of the plants. That's gotta be good for it!

This week was most exciting because of the appearance of tomatoes! 

First heirloom tomato

First pear tomato
 The plants have gotten really thick and bushy this week. My husband stepped outside yesterday when I tending to them and even noticed how big they look. (That's a first)
Heirloom tomato plant
Pear tomato plant
Carrots spouting!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 35

It has been a tough week for the tomatoes. The previous two days have been 100 degrees. Here is a little extra information: container plants - vegetables - need watered every day. I didn't water the previous evening - got a little busy with the parents. So after missing some water and then hot temperatures... they looked pretty sad Thursday night. 
Sad plant
Here it is the next morning. I watered it in the evening, the morning, and the evening again. I also moved the plants to the other side of the patio with more shade. Unfortunately, it is by the air conditioning unit; its' not so pretty on that side. Although it looked even better after the 2nd day of triple digits.
on the mend
New spot for the tomatoes. More shade

So despite the tomatoes trauma, they are still pretty big. The herbs are looking pretty good - the basil hasn't grown up much, but the parsley and oregano has taken off! 
whew- that oregano is getting big

oh- one more thing! this morning on Pinterest I saw a container with carrots - it looked pretty easy to grow them and I had some extra soil. So when I found myself wandering past the pots - actually after spotting the pots from the other side of the store - I shortly found a pot and pack of carrot seeds in my cart. I'd take a picture, but now it just looks like a pot of dirt. ;-)