Potting & Planting Tomatoes, Barefoot Style

There are many reasons to pot Tomatoes.

No room? No more excuses. Learn how to pot Tomatoes Barefoot Style.

Ran out of room? Have no room? Potted Tomatoes...Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Make sure the pot has a drainage hole, and keep them watered. You will be glad you did. For extra added sweetness, plant a Nasturtium in the pot as well. Companion planting does not need to be limited to a “real” Garden. Always use Compost for planting food. I mix it with 1/3 Peat Moss for aeration and moisture control. I do not recommend using Potting Soil.

Next up, Planting Tomatoes in the Garden.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Gather your supplies and tools. You will need Tomato plants and Epsom Salts (not pictured.) Tomato cages for support, and to mark your holes. Trough Shovel, to dig deep, and a Trowel. I use my trusted Landscape Knife.

For more on Hori-Hori, my favorite Gardening tool, check out my post Magic Touch & Her Tools.

  Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Choose your location. My amending was already done. More on that @ The Barefoot Garden, Amending the Soil

I turned the Tomato Cages upside-down to mark placement.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Using a Trough Shovel, I dug 12′ deep narrow hole for the plants. Sprinkle Epsom Salts in the hole.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Place the Tomato Plant as deep as possible. Roots will sprout from the stem, making a stronger plant.

Water and you are good to go. I always try to do my Planting and Transplanting just before it is due to rain.

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*Update*

Ran out of room? Have no room? Potted Tomatoes...Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

The above picture was captured May 25…just 3 weeks later…

**Follow-up**

Potting and Planting Tomatoes The Barefoot Garden

September 12, 2014

I must have done this one right. My potted tomatoes did incredibly well. Overall, the tomatoes did the best. The potted tomato above, was the most successful of all. Large pot, caged, and got the most consistent water. Next year I will be using an even bigger pot.

As far as the other tomatoes, changes will include:

Do not tie Cherry Tomatoes to the fence. They got way too heavy and it made harvesting harder. I will be staking them.

 The Romas will be caged.

Large Tomatoes will be staked instead of caged. They grew well and the yield proved to be too heavy for the cages to hold.

All in all, it was a very successful Garden. Impressive for my first one. I am so looking forward to next year.

I have been experimenting with different ways to preserve the tomatoes. So far the Dehydrated Cherries, and Grape Tomatoes were  easy, and taste good.  I squeezed out the insides and layed them flat on a tray. I placed them in the oven @ 250º for 2 hours, lowered the temperature to 150º for about 10 hours. I had intentions of making Tomato Powder, but I keep eating them…LOL…

I did pull off my first pot of Sauce. It is amazing. The only ingredient I did not grow was the clove of Garlic. I skinned 5 different kinds of Tomatoes put in a sprig of Basil, 1/2 Bell Pepper, and an Onion. I then simmered for hours and hours. I chose to leave the seeds in and the consistency is  chunky. The taste is phenomenal! Next year there will be some major preserving going on. This year was a test! And I passed….

A Twist on Tradition, Spicy Deviled Eggs

A Twist on Tradition, looking for a way to Spice up those Deviled Eggs…

A Twist on Tradition, Spicy Deviled Eggs  click for recipe...You won't believe how easy it is...Served over Seaweed Salad, the perfect blend of Spicy and Sweet.

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

Three Ingredients:

1. Hard boiled eggs

2. Spicy Mayo*

3. Paprika

Three Steps

1. Hard boil eggs. Place eggs in cold water, bring to a boil. Turn off the burner, cover, and let stand for 25 minutes.  Peel eggs, cut in half.

2. Place yolk in mixing bowl. Break yolk with a fork until your have a fine crumb. Mix in Spicy Mayo, 1 Tbl per 2 eggs, give or take, depending on how you like them.

3. Place mixture back in egg, sprinkle with Paprika.

Serve over Seaweed Salad*

*Spicy Mayo and Seaweed Salad can be purchased anywhere Sushi is sold.

A Twist on Tradition, Spicy Deviled Eggs  click for recipe...You won't believe how easy it is...

A Twist on Tradition

Straw Bale Gardening, Barefoot Style

 We ran out of room in The Barefoot Garden. What to do? What to do?

Create more space.Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenDIY: Straw Bale Gardening.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenBorrow “Real” power tools from a friend and get to work.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenGather the things you will need.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenFace mask and safety googles, as well as an extension cord approved for power equipment.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenI will be planting 2 kind of Potatoes  and Beets.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenWhen planting potatoes you need to cut them into pieces making sure to have at least one eye per piece. As you can see my choice is Purple & Sweet Potatoes!

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot Garden

About 6 ” from the end, on the inside of the string that holds the bale together, do a plunge cut with a Circular saw. This cut makes it easier to start.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenThen using a Sawzall, cut out your rectangle. I do believe this may just be the original…

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenBefore pulling out the straw, I laid cardboard down under the fence for weed protection.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot Garden

And covered it with the straw I removed from the cavity.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenHere is a picture of the depression emptied of straw. I used the prong end of this tool to loosen the straw as I pulled it out. The depression is about 6′ deep with another 6″ down loosened to allow the potatoes a path to grow.

Straw Bale Gardening At The Barefoot GardenI filled it with a combination of Mushroom Soil mixed with Peat Moss. Planted the potatoes and Beets then watered. for more on the soil I use check out my post The Barefoot Garden, Amending the Soil.

Now we wait to see what happens.

*Update* June 8th

Straw Bale Gardening, Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

The Beets and Potatoes are sprouting…Check out my post Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden

Planning. Plotting. Planting.

Potato Towers

You will need Potatoes, Kennel Fence, Straw, Newspaper, and Soil.

And a place to put them…

The Barefoot Garden 

Potato Towers yield more potatoes using less space.

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

Plans changed. There will be 3 Potato Towers and 1 Peanut Tower.

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

When buying Potatoes to plant, look for firm potato with a lot of eyes. Cut the potatoes into pieces containing at least 1 eye per piece. If you are using store bought potatoes make sure they will sprout. They can be treated w/chemicals which prevents sprouting.

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

 I decided to do towers 2′ tall by 3′ round. I cut the fence 9′ X 2′ and attached the ends to make the circle. Lining the bottom w/Newspaper may not be necessary, but I did it anyway.

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

Push a thin layer of Straw against the sides to hold your soil in as you fill your tower. I put in about 4″ of soil  and set the potatoes around the edge, about 2″ from the fencing. Repeat setting every 4″ until your tower is full. I have seen this done with a round laundry basket as well

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

 My tower is complete. Now to water it and watch for it to grow….

Make sure you water enough to allow it to soak through to the bottom.

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

This is the growth at about the 3 week mark. Looks like we will have Potatoes!

 

Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden 

 The are even starting to push through the sides. I do believe we have a success. Let’s see what they will yield come Fall…

Potatoe Tower Update The Barefoot Garden

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

 

Peanuts are growing...Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

June 8, the peanuts are growing…slowly.

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Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Project (Part 3)

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Quilt Project, Schwenksville Elementary 2014Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Project (Part 1)

Part 1 details the design process.

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Project (Part 2)

Part 2 is the preparing of the packets.

Part 3 the completed project

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Quilt Project, Schwenksville Elementary 2014The packets went off to school

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Quilt Project, Schwenksville Elementary 2014Each student sewed their block and added their own art work.

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Quilt Project, Schwenksville Elementary 2014Each class was given a different fabric, and I assembled the quilt top. The quilt was returned to the school on a rack for knotting. As part of The Colonial Fair, a station was set up for the knotting. Then the quilt is returned to me for the binding.

Dr Suess, The Cat in The Hat by Schwenksville Elementary

Magic Touch & Her 5th Grade Quilt Project, Schwenksville Elementary 2014

Job well done.

The Cabbage Patch @ The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden PlansI created this image using the Planning Tool @ Growveg.com

Today we will be planting The Cabbage Patch

The Cabbage Patch includes Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Broccoli.

Onions, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme were added to deter Cabbage whites.

The Cabbage Patch The Barefoot GardenThe Cabbage Patch is planted…Let’s watch the Garden Grow….

Veggies & Perenials The Barefoot GardenIn just a few short weeks, we have a lot of growth.