Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tomato, Potato....Oh My!!!!!

I have a couple of important garden goals this year. My top 2 are tomatoes & potatoes!! This year my tomatoes sucked, the year before my tomatoes sucked. I am sick of growing sucky tomatoes. If I do not grow yummy tomatoes this coming year I am going to have a temper tantrum.......it will not be pretty. I really like tomatoes.

I just ordered this book to help prepare myself for this heirloom tomato growing endeavor. I also have ordered a few catalogs to thumb through to get more ideas/suggestions. The goal is to make my first pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce......nothing spicy though, I am not into spicy stuff; well actually my stomach is not into real spicy stuff.
Goal number 2 is to grow lots of potatoes!! I really love potatoes....not really concerned about the starch, carbs or whatever!! This year I planted Kennebec and Yukon Gold. I had a very small yield but it was a good one and enough to make me want to plant more this year. Any good suggestions on successful potato growing? I did find a catalog or 2 that should arrive in a week or so. I am also looking into ways to winterize all the potatoes that I will "hopefully" have.

I have more gardening ideas, concerns.........I have a few months to think/post them.
On a positive note I have found a reputable person to butcher and clean turkeys and broilers if I decide to raise them. Okay, I am being honest that I can not do that cleaning stuff; call me a wimp but it ain't happen' at Harvest Thyme. I am 99.5% a go on the turkeys and in the 70% range on the broilers. Now about that miniature jersey cow that I really want................



8 comments:

Christy said...

I've not had great luck with tomatoes either. I think I don't water them enough, they are water hogs. I want to grow potatoes this year, I'm trying to figure out what I want to grow them in. In the past I used a big rubbermaid type container, I may try those potato bags this year.

Susan said...

I was told to add epsom salts to the soil when you plant tomatoes. Also to water when you plant then not to water at all. Or you must water regularly that there is no in between with tomatoes. Either leave them to their own devices or take total care of them.

Joanna said...

I didn't read the word COMPOST.

Claire said...

Oh, for once it is something that I am actually good at! I manage very well with tomatoes, and I grow silly amounts of them, which means the freezer is always full of roasted tomato puree. I grow mostly heirloom varieties. They do need steady watering in most climates. I use drip irrigation.

Pat in east TN said...

I usually do pretty good with tomatoes until the blight moves in and no matter what I do that always happens every year.

We grew potatoes this year for the first time in a long time and really enjoyed them. As for storage I also have to come up with a better way ... right now I have them in laundry baskets in a dark, cool closet in the one corner of our basement.

I have many gardening books, which I refer to from time to time, but have a belated Christmas present coming, "The Garden Primer", which anyone that has it raves about it, soooo I'm hoping to learn more from it.

Tammy said...

Hi Kristi,
I used to grow pretty good tomatoes til my garden spot got too shady, so I'm in the process of establishing a new spot for tomatoes, peppers and the like. I'll use the shadier bed for early crops. Anyhoo, the first thing I'm doing is applying liberal amounts of sheep poo/bedding and letting it compost down all winter. I'll also add some chicken waste out of the henhouse. My Dad raised monster tomatoes last year because of the sheep manure! This year for the first time in a long time I'm going to try and start seeds on the tomatoes/peppers and raise some heirloom varieties. Cherokee Purple is high on my list of the heirloom tomato and I'm working on finalizing my order now. I'm going to order from Baker Creek http://rareseeds.com/ just because they are local and this fellow has really worked to bring together the heriloom varieties. Thinking about potatoes too, but am leaning towards growing them in a container to take up less space.
Good luck! It's exciting to plan anyway, and I'm ready for a good garden year!
Tammy

kristi said...

Okay, I am going to take everyone's advice, save this page,& if I grow good tomatoes then I have to come up with some prize for the winner:) And just like Tammy said I am so ready for a good garden year!! Oh, Tammy I still have plenty of Sweet Annie seeds to send you:)

melanie said...

So what makes your tomatoes sucky? We can;t give you any tips till we know more about what we are dealing with...

I grow lots of them...and I can agree with the suggested sheep poop application - mine seem to love it.

The current potato love of my life is a fingering variety - La Ratte. I grew it last year, and it produced incredible amounts. Plenty to eat, and it was a hit at the Farmer's Market.