Date: 7 February 2021. Tomato Rocket (Dollar Tree item)
I continue to grow salads as described in the
Microgreens Aboard Seaweed
series. Recently I began branching out. Although my previous
experiences with tomato plants have ended in abject failure, I have not
given up. My newest attempt was purchased from Dollar Tree. I bought
a Tomato Rocket.
I love my microgreens though there is one thing lacking:
The flavors are spectacular.
What I want however is some color. Specifically, I'd like tomatoes
in my salad.
Dollar Tree is
one of my favorite stores. It is fun to explore the aisles.
I found a new item in the garden department at Dollar Tree.
My initial attempt at growing tomatoes did not go
well. I told you about that fiasco in the
Upside Down Tomato Plant How-To
article. Since then I've been buying tomatoes from the grocery
store. That can get expensive.
tomatoes means I have to get to the grocery store regularly. I
would prefer to be self-sufficient. As long as I am growing my
own broccoli, Chinese cabbage, kale, radishes, turnip and lentil
sprouts, tomatoes should be easy. Right??? Well, I hope so, and
toward that goal have begun a new experiment.
The package from the Tomato Rocket
sold at my local Dollar Tree
I followed the directions and
placed the green thing with seeds in a hanging pot I had on hand
from my previous experiment. The packaging shows a round seeded
disk. Mine was a multi-layered folded piece of green colored
growth medium inlaid
with the tomato seeds.
After a couple days I had
TWO SHOOTS ↓
growing. My excitement level increased. This just might work:
Thus far I have
not seen any of the fruit fly larvae I was plagued with during my
initial attempt at raising tomatoes. For the most part this time I have been keeping my planter
inside. Last time I tried to grow tomatoes I kept them outside. That
might have been a contributing factor in those nasty
critters who invaded my Seaweed.
In case you wondered,
I really REALLY abhor bugs.
My microgreens have not yet had any bug issues. This may be because
they are always inside.
This is my kale ↑
at day three. It is yummy!
reflection, there could be at least two sources for my initial
I had purchased a starter plant at Walmart. It is possible
that the bugs came in the dirt of the tomato plant.
Because my upside down tomato plant was left outside, the
flies might have been nearby and decided to move on my boat.
After all, who
wouldn't want to live aboard a boat?!?
It is day four and my
Tomato Rocket is still growing.
forgot and hung my tomato pot outside for a while a couple of
afternoons. The weather has been wonderful. I wanted to share the
sunshine with the baby plants. We shall see if that was a mistake.
I do have the hanging planter back inside.
So that's it from here. I am
enjoying life aboard Seaweed. I've been going places, which is
always a special treat since I don't drive. Being taken to stores
is a wonderful experience for me.
If it wasn't for a friend I never would have been
able to purchase Tomato Rocket. Thank you again for the outings.
As of yet I'm uncertain if the tomatoes will grow to fruition. In
the meantime I am celebrating. More shortly.
Thank you for being a part of my world. Thanks too
March 2021. My tomato planter was invaded
by tiny gnats. They didn't bite however the bugs irritated me to
the extent that I moved the planter outside. Then the birds
attacked the baby tomato plants and, well, it's all gone now.
Once again, tomatoes and life aboard Seaweed has not worked out
as anticipated... Bugs have been the bane of my tomato
experiments thus far.
Have you ever grown tomatoes in a pot successfully?
Are there any secrets or hints you can offer for me?
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