The Coe Farm beds are all planted now. Lots of things are coming up. I just hope the rabbits show some mercy on the vulnerable young pole beans in this photo as well as other tender young plants. I think I am all through planting at the moment except as needed to fill in where previous plantings are thin or to refill areas after harvesting. The rest of this post is about tomatoes.
I ended up planting 4 varieties of tomatoes. Here is what I have:
Bush Early Girl – Matures in 52 to 54 days ($2.98 at Johnson’s Garden Center) Champion – Matures in 62 days ($1.50 at Farmer’s Market)
Jet Star– Matures in 72 days ($1.50 at Farmer’s Market)
Cherokee Purple – Matures in 80 days ($2.98 at Johnson’s Garden Center)
I planted them all in the same week but I don’t really know how old the plants are. The two I got from the Farmer’s market were much larger than those that Johnson’s was selling. It will be interesting to see if they mature and produce fruit in the expected order above. The Tomato Race is on. Here is a photo of three of the plants. I made this bed by putting down a sheet of plastic in the yard to kill the grass and cutting holes in the plastic where I planted the tomatoes. The bed gets quite a bit of sun so I have high hopes for these tomatoes.