May 5, 2018

Tomato Blooms and Potatoes Sprouting From The Soil

Pink Berkley Tie-Dye blossom. A few of the large fruited tomato plants are forming blooms already including Granny Cantrell's German Red, Peach Blow Sutton, and Jaune Flamme.
Black Vernissage cherry are very large plants, they're easily the largest in the greenhouse and they're all forming blooms.
Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are starting to form their trusses of blossoms. I also saw blossoms on Be My Baby cherry.
A few of the tomato plants have been showing signs of nutrient deficiency with pale spots that eventually darken. Tomorrow I'll feed them, but a bunch of them will need to be potted up soon.
This Jaune Flamme plant is the worst off for nutrient deficiency. Some of the pepper plants are actually very pale, which tells me they probably need to be fed.
The seed potatoes I just sowed last weekend have emerged.
I love the way potatoes push up the soil and finally break through. I think this must be Adirondak Blue but I can't be sure until the potatoes in the other planter pop up.

The purple sweet potato was a bust, it started showing signs of disease. Aw well, next time. I've begun rooting the Beauregard sweet potato slips.

My husband tilled the garden on Wednesday evening and we were planning to plant everything out the next day. But it dumped rain unexpectedly on Thursday, it was at least an inch and they're now predicting rain for the rest of the weekend. So it's looking like we will probably be planting mid-month just like last year.

Since planting is definitely delayed for a week or two that means the tomato plants will need to be potted up into quart containers the next couple of days.


Michelle said...

Another delay in planting, how frustrating. I've got some potatoes in the garden for the first time in years. It's amazing how quickly they grow once they emerge.

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
I'm glad I don't make my livelihood gardening, it would be incredibly stressful. I've already been to the store to purchase potting soil for potting up plants, I might even move the onions into bigger pots.

Sue Garrett said...

Our potatoes are pushing through but the tomatoes are still seedlings. We have had summery weather for a few days and have been playing catch up.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
It's great that the weather is finally cooperating. So many things are blooming in your garden, it looks lovely.

Tomatoes grow so quickly once the weather warms, hopefully they'll catch up soon. Bird predation forces me to wait and plant out larger tomato plants. It's too disheartening when birds destroy half the plants.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

It always exciting to see the first tomato blossoms! I have extras of a purple skinned, white fleshed sweet potato called Murasaki. Trader Joes was selling them last year and I bought a few to try them. They were good and I decided to grow them this year. I'd be happy to send you some slips if you're interested.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
That would be great. I really appreciate the offer. Should I contact you through your about page?

Did you ever decide to do regular potatoes this year? It's already getting so warm for us, I might've started too late in the season.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

I decided not to plant regular potatoes this year. My yields are usually not that great anyway. I emailed you about the slips (at hotmail).

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
The potato in pots aren't doing too well. We get so much rain, it definitely washes out the nutrients so they probably need to be fed fairly regularly.