Gardening Mistake #327 – Sun Scald on Pepper and Tomato Seedlings

Okay, so 327 mistakes might be an exaggeration, but boy I have really been screwing up this year and I have no one to blame but myself. I got cocky. I forgot that just a few short years ago my gardening skills were so bad Hubby wouldn’t even let me water the grass.

This year has been horrible thus far in the garden, which explains my lack of posts on Simply Grateful Gardener. I did however post this afternoon about my latest mishap and how I’m trying to fix it. If you’d like to see how I am treating my pepper and tomato plants for sun scald, check out:

Saving Plants That Have Suffered Sun Scald

at Simply Grateful Gardener.

I’m hopeful that my upcycling of milk cartons will be my salvation, but after the spring I’ve had, I’m having a hard time believing it will.

For now, I’m going to sit and relax on the patio, with a cold glass of water, praying for clouds and no wind to be in the forecast for the next four or five days. There is rain in the forecast for the weekend, so that’s something, and for that I am — Simply Grateful.

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Garden Progress – Tomatoes Are In!

The past couple of weeks have been spent outside as much as possible, planting, preparing, and maintaining the gardens. Last week I finally finished cleaning up the areas on the side of the house where I planned to plant all the tomato plants this year. In all we have 22 plants planted.  I hope these yield enough for all the canning I want to do, but if not, I’ll know better for next year.

There are two areas where I planted tomatoes for canning:

Beefsteak and Better Boy Tomatoes

Beefsteak and Better Boy Tomatoes

Beefsteak and Better Boy Tomatoes

Beefsteak and Better Boy Tomatoes

This area holds the 4th of July tomatoes for Hubby to eat and to share with friends and family:

Fourth of July Tomatoes

Fourth of July Tomatoes

I bought two cherry tomato plants and placed them in pots.  I was a bit humbled when I went to the store to buy tomato plants, because they are much bigger and developed than the ones I grew from seed.  I hope mine catch up.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

I still have several tomato plants that don’t have a home, but want to wait until the ones I planted take and begin to grow.  This way, if any die or stall, I can replace them.  I figure by next week I’ll know if any are going to need replacing and if not, the remainder will go to neighbors or family if they want them.

Leftover tomato plants without a home!

Leftover tomato plants without a home!

So far the tomato plants I’ve transplanted outside seem to be doing okay, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.