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No home grown tomatoes? I don’t think so!
So my parents decide to go on this long road trip and we say, “Great! Sounds fun! Can’t wait to hear all about it!” And then my dad says, “So I won’t be planting a garden this year. No tomatoes.” *insert crickets here* Is he joking? His tomatoes are what keeps me going all summer and fall. This cannot be true. With the calmest voice I can muster I ask, “Really? What about the tomatoes?” and he says, “Not this year, honey.” I have to admit, I did panic for a bit. Then I decided I would get a few pots and plant my own. Yeah, that’ll show ‘em! I can do it. No problem.
Well, there is one problem — I have a brown thumb. The only thing I can successfully keep alive are cactus. It’s true. And this from a girl whose grandfather was the head gardener for the whole school district! Sad, right? The green gene did not transfer down. I still decided to give it a go. Why the heck not?
Then the hubby says he found these cool raised beds that don’t require any tools in Sunset magazine. Know what I did next? I called the guy who makes them (Conor), asked him a bunch of questions and then bought one. Easy peasy. Minifarmbox is truly the way to go if you don’t have the space for a big ‘ol garden. It came to the house in a few days and was super easy to set up. In fact, we put it together in about 20 minutes, then ran out to buy soil and plants and had a complete garden later that afternoon. It took a buttload of soil, but it was a very easy way to plant a garden. Daily watering is all I’m doing so far and as you can see below, it’s working.
We planted several types of tomatoes, squash and peppers, plus basil, thyme and cilantro in separate pots. Here’s our garden not even a month after planting. I got cages for the tomatoes, as they don’t have enough room to wander out. Shout out to Marcus and OJ at Home Depot for helping me separate out 12 cages that were all stuck together. I’d still be there trying to get them apart if it weren’t for them. I’m going to take them some tomatoes once they come in! I’ll keep you posted on how things turn out. But just in case, cross your fingers for me?