Sunday, December 4, 2011

New plants and some organized effort.

Today I cleaned out two tires of some old marigolds and zinnias that had finally tired out. I also cleaned out all my okra plants (from 3 of my 5 gallon buckets), as they are fizzling out too (they only do well in hot weather).

In one tire I planted a taller beautiful pink zinnia, and in front some smaller different shades of orange zinnias. I LOVE zinnias...they are about the sweetest thing in the universe!

I also found a 9 pack of started kale, so I gave three plants to my friend, Karen, 3 plants to my Mom, and I am hardening off my 3 before planting them into a couple of tires. It is called Winterbol Kale.

I planted three heirloom tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Black Prince, which were available at my Home Depot. Isn't this just grand?

Has anyone ever grown a red kale, called Red bor? It looks green and with purple hues. Interesting!

I am having a GREAT BIG urge to go buy about three more tomato plants, which would give me a total of 8. I want some cherry or olive sized tomatoes...all hanging in clusters! How fun would that be??? I can taste them now.

Oh, BTW...I have taken three cuttings from my Mr. Stripey tomato plants and have them in water in my kitchen window to see if they will root. A fellow gardener swears this will work. Can't wait to see! If it does, I will have 11 tomato plants in all! Woo-hoo!!!


Cindy said...

I have rooted tomato cuttings with good success. You won't believe how fast the roots will grow. In fact it was a stolen (shhh..) cutting I took over the summer that gave me so many green tomatoes (Don't ask me what kind. I only wish I knew). Also, for the small size variety, I like grape tomatoes best.

Dandelion and Daisy said...

So, can you grow tomatoes year around? Do you have a 12 month growing season? I know you get frost in Florida sometimes, what months? Interesting how a few degrees of latitude changes things, huh? It is freezing here, which we don't get much of, but when it is clear and not get pretty cold, usually, in December, January and sometimes February.
Do you sell the paper beads you make? I'd love to buy some and tho' I think it would be fun to make some, I'll never get it done. I see people using them on their journals and altered books and I love to try it. Let me know, I'd just like a dozen or so.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I don't grow many veggies but it sounds like you are having a lot of fun doing so.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Julie,
You can never have enough tomatoes. How interesting, taking cutting from other tomato plants. Cant wait to hear back from you and see how your cuttings did. You were really busy in the garden and sounds like a very colorful and fruitful season coming your way.
Happy Monday and have a wonderful week.

walk2write said...

I hope your tomato cutting experiment works out. I don't see why it wouldn't, especially with your green thumb. It sounds like you've got some interesting varieties to play with.

Claude said...

yep... cuttings from tomatoes will definitely work. Sounds like you've got your winter garden all set...

Judi said...

Hi Julie *hugs*
Nope I have never grown any kind of sounds good though. I would plant lots of tomatoes..yum. Cherry tomatoes are so nice to munch on as well as in salads..go for it Julie.

You have been busy with your tires. The zinnias will look so happy in there.

Hope you had a good weekend...and now a good Monday...
Allll best!!

Julie said...

Cindy...I like the grape tomatoes too...they pop in your mouth perfectly!!!