So, I told you in a previous post that you HAD to see my Grandpa’s tomatoes, but this post will show you how pathetic my garden really has been this year, because you are about to see some of the rewards and results of a true gardening MASTER.
This is my Grandpa. He’s approximately 6 feet tall. The plants that he’s standing next to are Super Fantastic Tomato plants. Yes, they are gigantic, and gorgeous, and loaded with tomatoes.
He builds large round cages out of wire fencing to hold these babies up, and as you can see, UP is exactly where they have gone! (You can see one of the cages on the left (below), as well as part of grandpa’s carrot bed, and small corners of his melon patch vines and blackberry bushes.)
Grandpa plants them in his “Black Gold”, which I’ve been told is mostly composted leaves (A.K.A. leaf mold) from his deciduous trees that he collects and piles up each fall. He usually starts his tomatoes from seed early in the season, eventually moves them to his handmade cold frame (which is beautiful and should be the subject of another post), and then finally they make it into the garden when it’s warm enough. He plants them in wide, deep holes that he FILLS with “Black Gold”. He said that this year, he mulched with a little bit of horse manure on top around the holes. As you can see, his methods are working.
You will also notice that Grandpa had to make his fence a bit higher with baling twine to keep the resident deer out. They were after his tomatoes! Grandpa’s onions are beauties, too. He grows these from seed each year.
He gave me some seed heads for my garden next season! And can I just draw attention to the absence of weeds in his garden!?
Aren’t the seed heads pretty! Grandpa makes great fresh salsa out of these onions and tomatoes!
Grandpa told me that to plant his carrot bed, he crushes the seed heads in his hand and then broadcasts them in the area he wants them. He then puts some “Black Gold” on top. I think he does the same thing with his onions.
Thanks Grandpa for letting me show off some of your awesome gardening skills! I wan’t to be like you when I grow up!!