Sunday, June 16, 2013

Eat the Landscape

A few months back I won Rosalind Creasy's book Edible Landscaping in someone's blog giveaway. Later in the year, I won 8 packets of Heirloom tomatoes. I think every seed germinated. My little plot in the Upper Garden would hold only 20 plants. I gave away some. Not able to bear throwing one away, I put 6 in the front yard.

This is the before photo, with two tomato plants in place in one of the stone islands.

On the left Black Krim, a purple tomato and right, Flamme, an orange.

He-Who-Mows encouraged me to fertilize them and asked how I meant to stake them. The Tomatoes  in the  Upper Garden are staked with PVC pipes we used for electric fence years back, which is the reason, you may never see that patch. I had other plans that included some other electric fence posts, rebar.

Rebar posts and weavers made from the Redbud limbs I cut on Friday and hid back, secured with bits of twine. As the tomatoes grow they can lean toward the setting sun and be tied to their little wattle supports.

Kellogg's Breakfast, embraced by a Kniphfia bloom.
Kellogg's Breakfast will get a wattle support, too.

The last 3 are all Green Zebra and are placed across the bed nearest the flagpole.

Green Zebras will get tuteurs made from sticks.

If there aren't enough sticks, there's a cedar 
limb that hangs too low that I will cut.

A last look at the supports. There's always something that comes to the front for doing -- I pruned the bottoms of the Crape Myrtles so the early morning sun can shine through. 

Then I realized that all the California Poppies are looking pale in the hot summer sun, so tomorrow they get a haircut. They have a long orange taproot like a carrot. Last year, many of them survived the summer after I cut them back. 


  1. Love your ingenuity and creativity in your tomato stakes Nell Jean.

    Tomatoes are very slow here this year - hardly growing because it's been so cool so far this spring.

  2. I love the organic look of the staking but look out for heavy set fruit! They may not stand up to the load. Maybe some back bracing will be needed, a sort of tee pee like thing.

  3. your Crape myrtles, my Pride of India. Such beautiful bark - I plan to harvest a cutting for the new garden.
    Nell Jean, contact me, I have news and a link for you.

  4. Thanks Garden Girl, for coming by. Tomatoes will get going in hot weather.

    Glenda, that's why I used rebar for the uprights. I will go ahead and put more rebar at the back now before the roots spread, now that cuteness has been photographed.

    I had to look up Pride of India. Lagerstroemia -- our trees are related. I do love the exfoliating bark.

  5. Nell Jean, I really like your wattle supports. I shared them on Google +. As for Rosalind Creasy's book, I think it's wonderful. Just such an encouraging book about making vegetable garden part of the landscape. I was reading it today in fact.~~Dee

  6. I'm a firm believer in edible landscaping. I love the sight of fruiting plants, and mix them freely with my flowering plants. Yours are much more beautiful than mine! I love the creative look of the tomato trellis. It could grace any yard!


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