Alright! On to week 2! The gardeners checked their tomatoes and made sure the cages were places straight up.
We also had some very special visitors supervising and making sure their garden looked good:)
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Last week we planted our ‘BHN 968 ‘Dwarf Cherry Surprise‘ tomato and they are starting to look good. This combat with the heat is making it tuff, though. We are watering every day and making sure the plants are covered in mulch.
Some of our tomatoes had to be replaced, but no biggie. This heat is a tuff one this year!!
Week 2 plantings are the ‘Tycoon’ tomato plant and one ‘Sweet Slice’ cucumber
First we placed ourselves at the divider in the middle of the plot.Then we measured 15 inches into the plot, from the middle outside part of the Divider towards the Irrigation on/off valve. We placed a bamboo stick to identify where the large fruited ‘Tycoon’ tomato transplant was to be planted. Then started to dig a hole the same depth as the Tycoon tomato pot.
We mixed two cups of Lady Bug natural derived Alfalfa based Organic Fertilizer with the soil dug from the hole. Carefully removed the plant from the hole and added a little water to check for proper drainage.
We applied another cupful of Lady Bug natural derived Alfalfa based Organic Fertilizer on the very top of the soil around the plant. Then we mulched the top of the soil with about 2-3 inches of mulch from the mulch provided.
With the help of our instructors/volunteers, we placed the tomato cage back around the tomatoes.
Now on to the ‘Sweet Slice’ Burpless Cucumber.
The cucumbers were places in the center of the trellis and we used a bamboo stick to help prop up the plants while their tendrils are growing. This gives them a better chance of latching on to the trellis. After that they are good to go.
One cup of Lady Bug natural derived Alfalfa based Organic Fertilizer was added and we made sure to give our gardens a good drink of water. Remember this heat is crazy this year!!
Why are we using so much fertilizer? Each plot measures about 100 square feet. For that amount of space each plot will use a total of 9 to 10 pounds of granulated ORGANIC fertilizer during the season. Last week, everyone should have applied quite a bit of fertilizer. When applying a natural based organic granulated fertilizer, you need to use larger quantities early because the nutritional content is low. It takes about three weeks to start breaking down and become available to the plants. That is why we supplement with a water soluble fertilizer (Hasta-Gro) once a week for about three weeks because it is readily available to the plants at the time it is applied. In comparison, a conventional fertilizer such as a 19-5-9 Premium slow-release granule formulation would be applied at a rate of 3 to 5 pounds per 100 square feet.
Of course there were other chores and everyone was sure to lend a hand.
Have a great season everyone!