Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Garden Tours - Part 1

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be doing some garden tours. The gardens that will be featured are ones of family and friends. Enjoy the tours!
Mrs. Shifflett's Garden
Mrs. Shifflett has 6 raised beds. She also has some pots with herbs in them. Her daughter, Olivia, tends one of the raised beds and part of another. Olivia is growing some yellow pear tomatoes, bush beans, banana peppers, yellow squash and Mr. Stripey tomatoes. Mr. Stripey tomatoes are heirloom tomatoes. They have stripes of red and green or yellow.

Mrs. Shifflett planted potatoes, large bell peppers, yellow peppers, beef steak, better boy and volunteer tomatoes. Volunteer tomatoes are the plants that come up on their own from previous years. She also grew spinach, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, romaine, green leaf and red leaf lettuce.

Did you notice the red plastic pieces around the tomatoes in the picture in the upper left corner of the collage? They are called Super-Gro tomato boosters. The red color of the boosters are supposed to ripen the tomatoes faster. The water wells slowly let the water out to the plant. There are three fertilizer holes that are filled every three days with new fertilizer. The plant is grown in the hole in the middle. I will be excited to find out what happens with the boosters.

Mrs. Shifflett has some herbs growing in pots next to her porch. She enjoys having them nearby so that she can go outside and easily get fresh herbs for her cooking. (The picture is in the bottom left corner of the collage.) She is growing parsley, cilantro, dill, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano and basil.
I hope that you have enjoyed the first garden tour. Thank you, Mrs. Shifflett and Olivia, for allowing me to post about you and your gardens!

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