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 travel to new places, my husband Doyle, not as adventurous as I is more comfortable with the tried and true. Thus we have fallen into a routine (not a rut) of going to Zihuatanejo for 3 months January and February, March. Pendleton Oregon for the Round Up. Plus numerous short trips. We are "RVers". For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and read my new kindle. I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 40 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, In 2016 My husband began chemo for Chronic lymphoma Leukemia, while doing well this has changed some of our travel habits. Relaxing in Mexico suits him well, for that I am thankful. KO

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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