August 06, 2009

Tomatoes and Beans

Around 20 years ago, I planted my first vegtables as a new homeowner. There wasn't much of a plan (as usual), but I stuck a Sweet 100 cherry tomato next to some pole beans that I'd planned to grow up an arbor I slapped together by the garage. I really don't remember what happened with the beans, but the cherry tomatoes took over the arbor and ended up reaching the roof of the garage. The bush must have been at least 9 feet tall. It had some good sun there, but I didn't really know what I was doing and it seemed like a fluke that it grew so big.

My current house has a lot of shade in the back yard. Or had, I should say. We lost a couple of trees recently, so this year I started playing with some more vegtables. I wanted to see if I could make something grow amongst the hostas. Prowling around the garden center, I looked for the Sweet 100, although they now seem to be called Super Sweet 100.

When they started growing too big for the stake, I made an 8 foot tall cage out of some leftover 3/16" steel wire. It seemed a bit optimistic at the time, but they're already about 6-1/2 feet tall, and it's not even the middle of August. And the spot they're in only gets sun about half the day. We've already had about 30 cherry tomatoes, and there are at least 150 green ones on the bush now.

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This was one of the first to ripen; maybe two weeks ago.
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We get about 6 ripe ones a day, but the number is increasing.
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Pole beans, about 5 days from bloom.
Posted by Hal Eckhart at August 6, 2009 10:37 PM
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