Drum roll please! The annual That Bloomin’ Garden plant sale is on. For all you tomato lovers out there, I will have over 400 tomato plants for sale this year. Yes, I am a bit crazy about tomatoes. It is said I would eat tomatoes whole like an apple when I was a child. Who would have thought I would be growing tomato plants like this? I also grow tomatoes for a seed bank. I save the seeds and send them back to the seed bank. I believe its important to preserve heirloom vegetable seeds for everyone to enjoy.
This year I have grown some of my favourite plants but have added a few new ones. Tomato plants listed as dwarf are new to me this year. They are grown from seeds from the Dwarf Tomato Project. I am excited to see how they grow. I am also growing more cherry tomatoes than I usually do. The cherry tomato is the most sought after in this community.
I will have a limited supply of cucamelon plants at the sale. Cucamelons are a miniature cucumber which can be popped right in the mouth. They are the hottest plant around this year and take up little space in the garden. Try growing them up a trellis in a container.
I planted up a couple of flats of ‘Garden Oasis’ cucumbers. They are the kind I grew last year that gave me seventy pounds of fruit from six plants. I won’t be growing more than two plants this year. I could barely keep up with the harvest. If you love cucumbers, this is the plant for you. I am planting up some dill cucumbers for the first time. I haven’t made real dill pickles, just the refrigerator kind.
Please save me from the basil dilemma this year, pretty please. I cut back on the number of plants this year but still have seven flats of this lovely herb. It may be small and still need some protection at the time of sale so keep it safe until the nights are 15C.
Today I planted up three different kinds of zucchini. Two of them are good for containers and small gardens and the third type, ‘Black Beauty’ is your standard zucchini plant. I love zucchini bread in the summer. It’s easy to freeze zucchini to use all winter long.
So save the date: April 30 and May 1 from 9:00am-2:00pm.