The veggie patch 2016 season

This year, I decided just plant fava beans, carrot ( LO love the fresh pick carrot ), tomato, green peas and green bean. The rest are perennial like strawberry and  herbs.IMG_5703

Please don’t mind those weeds, I am currently try to pull them ( when I have time , lol).Strawberries and carrots are covered with tulle fabric. This is the cheapest way to protect them from birds and carrot fly. I happen to have tulle fabric in my stash. It is work like charm all the time. I have never get any carrot fly , and no bird eating the berries either.

Our tenant

Do you have tenant in your yard? Obviously not human, like I mean bird, maybe racoon, or maybe skunk ? oh noooo…no skunk….they sure cute, but I am sure there is one reason that everyone agree don’t want any skunk in their yard.

Last year we had little bird, nesting in the birdhouse my daughter made. I forgot the name of the bird, maybe someone can remind me about it . They are cute with their little chirping voice. This spring they came back and nest in the same birdhouse, maybe the same bird or maybe their kids from last season.IMG_5533

Also in our front porch, we have pigeon. We have never get any bird nesting in the porch because we put spike on the potential spot for nest .There was robin nested on the spike but she left it there, and never came back. So pigeon decided to use the abandoned nest. Then we have baby pigeon now, learning to fly, mommy and daddy keep watching her ( maybe him ? not sure, lol ) from neighbour roof.

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They are sure cute, but what a mess….you know….that mess….

 

How to plant tomato

Planting time is coming here in Zone 3, last frost date is already pass which is May 23rd. Hardy plant like carrot, fava bean, green peas , beet can be done in April. But heat loving plant like tomato and pepper is better out after last frost, if any chance already out before last frost date, make sure cover them when cold night coming with milk jug will work or blanket frost. If it planted on planter , then just bring them in when the cold temperature come

 

How to plant tomato

This is how I plant tomato:

  1. Prepare the planting hole, deeper than the original planter, put crushed egg shell, fish ( frozen or fresh will work , no salty one , no smoke one), couple tablet of multivitamin ( I used my hubby’s multivitamin that expire), vit D and Calcium ( I have one that combo in one tablet.
  2. Cover the natural fertilizer with about 1 inch of soil, put the tomato plant deeper or lay them side way ( flat), this will ensure to make more root and get stronger plant.
  3. Cover the plant with soil but make it like mounding dirt, so water will not puddle up around the plant , and keep the leaf dry without touching the dirt.
  4. I happen to have red plastic mulch which is really good to retain moisture on soil and what I read somewhere that it will improve the ripening tomato. You can mulch it grass clipping ( without herbicide ), natural wood bark mulch ( make sure without color added), straw bale or even weed barrier.
  5. Water under neat the red mulch or even on the surface is fine, because it has little holes on the plastic mulch , so water will seeping through. Put tomato cage or bamboo stake on each plant . Done.