Sunday, June 7, 2009

My Patio Tomato Plants and Herbs

Woohoo, hit Ponemah Farms in Amherst, NH today and picked up a couple of plants for my "patio", ahem, I really mean doorstep! I got 1 patio tomato plant, two sungold cherry tomato plants, chives and a basil plant. I'm no gardener but I attempted to grow a whole bunch of plants on my doorstep the first year I moved in with J and failed miserably. My tomato plants got blight and my habanero plants were infested by Japanese beetles, my thyme and rosemary lasted a long time but eventually were attacked by beetles too (not sure why there were so many beetles that year, it's not like we normally get a ton here!). I was bummed and hadn't tried to grow anything since but I decided that this year was time to try again because there's nothing like a homegrown tomato! Of course, as a renter, I can't really plant in the ground at my complex, so I've got all of them outside on the doorstep. Someday I'll have the room for a big garden!

I'm super psyched about the sungold plants. When I lived in Portsmouth with friends, two of them maintained a small vegetable garden and I remember going out and just picking the juicy orange tomatoes off the vine and eating them like candy. I'm not positive that they were sungold because there are other sweet orange cherry tomatoes out there but either way they were fabulous and I really hope I get a decent amount of fruit from them!

I completely goofed and thought I had some large planters in the closet here (from my last failed attempt) but I must have tossed them because they're nowhere to be found and my sungold plants are stuck in tiny little terra cotta planters until I can pick up some larger ones. Will try to do that this week.

Anyhow, I'll try to post pictures as they grow. Wish me luck!

All text and photographs (except where noted otherwise) © 2008, 2009 Food is to love / Andrea Quigley


claireknightly said...

I'm totally cracking up because I just bought a tomato plant and a zucchini plant to try my hand at growing my own vegetables. I kill everything but cactus, so I'm not sure how they'll turn out. I also thought I had planters somewhere but didn't and had to go buy new ones! I hope we can both overcome our vegetable growing issues! ;)

AndreaQ said...

Hi Claire, nice-I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who kills plants (I've even killed lucky bamboo-I thought that was impossible!)! I hope we're both successful growing our own veggies too. Good luck!

claireknightly said...

LOL...I've killed bamboo too!!!

Yesica N. Cook said...

I'm such a plant-killer too! But want to try growing some herbs in a hanging basket (out of reach of the cats) - maybe my hubby will remember to water them! Keep us posted on how it goes!

The Food Addicts said...

I'm so glad you grow some of your own vegetables!! My husband and I have a garden in the backyard with a ton of vegetables and fruit. We love cooking with it! And the convenience is awesome. (PS. I'm doing a give-away for a goody bag on my blog - check it out!)

AndreaQ said...

I'm glad there are so many of us at least trying to grow our own stuff! The Food Addicts, I'm very jealous that you have a real garden! I will too. . .someday!