Garden Update: May 15th

As mentioned in my previous post, I attempted starting tomato, pepper, eggplant, and basil plants from seed. Also, as predicted, I ended up going to a plant sale to buy tomato, pepper, eggplant, and basil plants...

A few of my starts actually did survive - a couple of cherry tomato varieties, one diamond eggplant, and most of the jalapeΓ±os have been transplanted and are still alive - but most of the tomatoes did not make it.  I got a later start on them due to some unexpected travel in March, and given the shorter growing season here in Utah, I wasn't willing to wait to put tomatoes in the ground.  Regardless of their small size, many of the tomatoes got some sort of disease where the stem essentially "pinched off" where it met the soil.  There was what looked like a band of dead tissue at the base of the stem and it was much more narrow than the rest of the stem.  The plant looked good otherwise so I thought I would give them a try by planting the weak part of the stem below ground and hope the plants would root from the healthy part of the stem. My hope was in vain as the ones I tried to save and plant ultimately wilted and died.

But I digress, back to the healthy seedlings.  I hardened off the most viable looking seedlings that I started for about 10 days in the beginning of May, taking them outside for longer periods of time each subsequent day.  I then planted all of the transplants in the ground May 13th.

Here are the new babies in their new home. Β Tomato, tomatillo, various peppers , and eggplant on the right half of the raised bed.

Here are the new babies in their new home.  Tomato, tomatillo, various peppers , and eggplant on the right half of the raised bed.

Tomato planting tip:  tomatoes root from the stem so they can be planted quite deep.  You want to leave a solid set of leaves (6+) above ground, but as you can see in the picture below, the transplants I purchased from the sale were quite tall and unwieldy - I planted about half of the plant below ground.  

Lastly, some big news from the garden, our first harvest of the season - 2 radishes!  Oh it's the little things...