May 9, 2012

Things I Neglected to Tell You

Yesterday was the first day in a long time that I got to spend out in my garden.  I've been so busy lately with many other things, but I've truly missed being able to putter around my tiny garden.  I had many plants to plant, among them three different kinds of love apples.  While getting ready to plant, I realized that I had neglected to tell you important information! 

1. Save your eggshells!  During the late winter/early spring, I begin saving all of mine.  Just give them a quick rinse and put them in a bowl on your counter so that you can let them dry out.  Once you have an amount that seems like a lot, put them in a baggie.  Then take your rolling pin, or instrument of your choice, and beat them to smithereens.

It feels great.  Trust me.  When you plant your love apples, mix and sprinkle the eggshells into the surrounding soil.  Tomatoes love calcium, and this also helps to prevent blossom end rot, which is a common problem with tomatoes. 

2. Plant the tomato so that part of the stem that doesn't have leaves is under the soil level.  Tomatoes are wondrous things that will actually sprout additional roots from the part of the plant you put under the soil, making the plant stronger and better able to absorb water. 

Now, grab a large pot or tiny plot of land that gets a lot of sun, head to your local nursery and get a tomato plant, and start planting! I've said it before, but if you are only going to grow one thing, grow love apples! 


  1. I just started saving mine! Loved the new post too. Keep the wisdom coming Ang! xoxo

  2. we are a zone off of you in KS, but we will be planting our love apples soon at my Mom's house. Can hardly wait for the first harvest!