May 06 at 9:15pm
Had little time on my hands,needed to transport yet more plants in 5 gallon buckets to huge garden and wanted to send along a few pics,taken today,and pics do absolutely no justice to vegetable garden we have been working so hard on last few months(coping with shelter-at-home mandate made MUCH easier).Once I have all plants transported from our little plant 'sanctuary' to garden,will get accurate count of number of tomato plants.Guestimate,purely educated guess,is we have well over 150 fine heirloom and normal variety tomato,though vast majority is heirloom.Can't wait to start harvesting tomatoes and have harvested some incredible cucumbers and jalapeno peppers and have lot more to add to garden.The fortunate circumstance is that this garden has huge section,where most of our tomato plants are,that gets great deal of both sun and shade and have to water entire garden every day but not that big a chore with garden hose and free-flowing Artesian well.Hope to keep deer and rabbits at bay and so far have accomplished that via pretty ingenious set-up of two by fours,8 ft long,set into 5 gallon buckets filled with concrete and buried and have deer netting tautly stretched across entire garden,quite a chore,and this is shaping up as our most-productive garden by a long ways!!!Helps dat older son concocts custom blended organic fertilizer very rich in potash!!!Plants are thriving and best part,so far,pests not a problem and we HATE chemicals and prefer organic pesticides and not that hard going through garden and finding caterpillars and ridding garden of them by manually crushing em up and tossing em,what I do is find leaves dey on,snip off leaf and roll leave between fingers,crushing ad destroying em!!!Dipel works but pain to apply and just as easy to inspect plants while watering and manually ridding garden of em,simple as dat!!Older son hoping Mandeville Farmers Market reopens soon and he should have ample items to peddle!!