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The number of tomato plants that I’m growing keeps inching upwards. The four from my official 2009 plan are still happening, but then my step grandmother gave me some seeds for a red grape (‘Snacker’s Delight’) and I couldn’t pass it up. And then somehow I ended up ordering seeds for ‘Ildi’, a yellow grape that should ripen early and produce tons and hopefully taste a bit better than ‘Yellow Pear’ last year. Somehow I am resisting planting the Paul Robeson seeds I have because I know they aren’t as well suited to container growing as some of the other varieties I have picked (I have ‘Black Sea Man’ for a determinate black tomato), so at least I can be proud of myself for that.

I’m sad that I can’t grow the same varieties I would want to if I could put them in the ground, but I decided last year to select only cultivars that were specifically container friendly and see how that goes. And then I decided that cherry tomatoes were allowable since they did so well last year, so we’re up to 6 different plants of all different sorts for this year. I will have to buy some new big pots, but I hope that there is enough room on my deck for everything.

On my to-try list for as soon as I get my spot of dirt:

  • Brandywine (No duh, right?)
  • Paul Robeson
  • Carmello
  • Sun Gold (I’m trying this next year regardless of where I am)
  • Opalka
  • Eva Purple Ball
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast

I want some kind of a small white tomato, a green one and a good lemon yellow one, but I haven’t chosen them yet. The idea of having a whole patch of different colored cherry tomatoes is very appealing to me, but that seems impossibly indulgent right now. I just can’t imagine having that much space.

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First post.

I never knew that I had inherited my parent’s penchant for gardening, but when I began establishing a home of my own as a young adult I felt strangely compelled to have something green to take care of. Around this same time my fiance’s cooking hobby rubbed off on me, so what began as a few houseplants became a few houseplants and a few herbs and then we moved to an apartment with a big, sunny deck and my little desire for something green has become quite a preoccupation.

It’s been an interesting time to get into gardening. As the economy worsens and the cost of food is increasing at a rate directly proportional to the amount I want to cook with fresh ingredients and try new things, I can’t help but look at the produce I buy from the over-priced grocery store near where I live and think, “I can grow this myself and it will be cheaper and taste better than this and I will have fun doing it.” This past summer I had an experimental vegetable garden in containers – my victory garden, and I saw just how possible it was.

Ultimately I would like to grow a lot of what I eat, but that dream is a long way off. I am but a mere sproutling, learning how to balance my urban life in a modern time with this desire to divorce myself somewhat from our modern food retail system. I have this journal to chart my growth.

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