OUR BALCONY TOMATO FARM

 

Our balcony has two planter boxes, one has some shrubbery growing in it the other is just dirt. We decided it would be fun to grow a tomato plant in the other, but we have never seen tomato starts anywhere local.

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All the necessary ingredients

While shopping at the Bodega we found tomato seeds and a bag of “starter dirt” and decided to give it a try.

The dirt in the planter was hard and dry and had a lot of broken tiles in it but we loosened it up spread a layer of “starter dirt” sprinkled the seeds, and added another layer of starter dirt and hand

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Dry hard dirt in planter

sprinkled it so as not to flood it and wash the seeds away.

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Hand sprinkling the seeds

The senor was insistent that we needed a sprinkler can.  So I took a plastic water bottle using a needle punched a lot of holes in the top /cap end,  filled the bottle up with water

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sprinkling the seeds

put the cap back on and we have a great sprinkler bottle. After 2 days we have sprouts

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day2 we have sprouts

After a week we have little tomato plants but a ton of grass also. So some judicious weeding took care of that and 10 days into this project we have 6-8 inch little tomato plants growing happily in the sunshine. Who knows we might get a tomato by mid March when we leave.

Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like as I'm semi retired. I prefer that phrase to working part time. I would love to travel to new places, getting ready to do that as a solo traveler. For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and have joined a couple of hiking groups. I'm a reader and love my kindle. I still work some, I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 20 weddings a year, and also operate a small delivery service. Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. The Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that.

2 thoughts on “OUR BALCONY TOMATO FARM”

  1. Really enjoy your blog! Currently counting down to our vacation in January. This year we are staying for 2 weeks instead of the usual 1 week. Really love this retirement thing!!

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