You know what the best type of seed is? One that has been shared by gardening friends. These seedy treasures warm my heart, every time I see them in the garden.
Earlier this year, Dave from Our Happy Acres generously shared a number of different seeds and all of these varieties are now growing in my garden.
First up is a hot pepper - Aji Golden. This year, the peppers were really set back early on when I went away shortly after transplanting them. I didn't set the irrigation timer correctly and, of course, there was a heat wave at the same time with zero rain. I've been taking good care of them since then but most of the plants are still runty. Even with the setback, however, Aji Golden is performing admirably well, being one of the largest plants in the pepper bed (on the left in the photo below).
Aji Golden (on the left) is one of the few pepper plants
that is recovering incredibly well from the early setback
Their fragrance was wonderful - very citrussy - and they were wonderfully fruity and not too spicy, at this stage anyhow. This is what I had hoped "Lemon Drop" (aka Aji Limon) would be like - it too is gorgeous and fruity but the searing heat completely overshadows any flavour it may have. I can't wait to harvest the next batch of Aji Golden when they are properly ripe. Hopefully it won't be too much longer as there are, once again, numerous fruits on the plant:
Another cherry shared by Dave was Champagne Cherry, but these are not ripe yet so I haven't had a taste. One of the things I'm experimenting with this year is growing tomatoes in pots. I placed one Champagne Cherry seedling in a Smart Pot and another in a smaller plastic pot. The potted plants are not doing nearly as well as those in the beds and I'm fairly certain I know why.
|This year, I'm growing 5 tomato plants in pots,|
including two Champagne Cherries
When the leaves on the potted plants started to yellow a bit, indicative of nutrient deficiencies, I realized my mistake and gave them a good dose of fish emulsion. I'll continue to feed them for the rest of the summer (when I remember!) & I'm sure this will make a big difference.
Regardless, potted plants will never get as large or produce as much as those grown in a bed but I'm ok with that especially as I always seem to end up inundated with cherry tomatoes each year. We really only need a couple of plants to keep us supplied but it's so much fun trying new varieties - I just can't help myself! This year I planted 6 - four more than I need - and that's why I don't mind in the least if the potted plants don't produce as much as those in the beds 😁
The last of Dave's tomatoes that I'm growing is his Stripey Marzano Rogue. Since these were seeds from a "rogue" plant (Marzano Fire), I decided to grow 4 of them to see what kind of variation I would get.
Stripey Marzano Rogue
Three of the Stripey Marzano Rogue plants
are producing round fruits
Can't wait for these to start to ripen so we can check out the insides!
There is always something exciting happening in the garden, but it's doubly exciting when plants have a special meaning. Thank you Dave for adding more "happy" to my garden this year 😊