Our first “garden” was two grape tomato plants stuck in the ground near the side of the house. I’d run in and get a pitcher of the magnet water from my Nikken Pi Mag Water filter.
The tomato plants grew ENORMOUS. I didn’t know it at the time….I was doing the right thing by pinching off the little shoots which kept the plant growing tall and sending all of the energy into adding more tomatoes..not more branches.
The tomatoes themselves were also really large. I think they grew so big because of the magnet water. Who knows.
The next year, we got a bunch of cinder blocks and mapped out an area in our “front yard” (We’re on about 10 acres so it’s kinda hard to tell where the “front yard” really is).
We called the local dirt and gravel company and asked if they had any topsoil. “Sure” they said… and brought up a dump truck full. Well, as it was being deposited in/near our cinder block garden spot, I could tell that most of the “topsoil” was actually CLAY.
The reason I’d ordered topsoil was because our property was mainly rocks, rocks, rocks and more rocks and clay.
It took several years of hard work to break the clay down or remove it and replace it with compost and mulch.
Then, my darling husband found Liquid Gypsum. That was definitely a turning point for our veggies.
I’d pour some of the liquid gypsum in the hole before putting the plants in.
The biggest surprise was the Solar Fire tomatoes. The plants grew really huge and the tomatoes were the best we’d ever had. Big and juicy and the skin wasn’t tough. These are now my tomatoes of choice.
I also planted zucchinis. They were soon swarming with Stink Bugs. I’d never seen them before and didn’t know what to do with them. Didn’t realize that they were destroying my plants. Out of all garden pests, they are the worst.
Our pepper plants did well. Didn’t seem to have any enemies that came around to destroy them.
All in all, our first garden did really well and it was a pretty good Summer.