My Garden

Good day everyone. I don’t have a lot of followers or views but I still am grateful to all of you, I have meet some wonderful people who have shared my peck along blog.

My garden is doing well, have just one small bed, so thought I should show everyone some photos and tips.

These are my Creoles a tomato I am trying their year. They are still small but have some blooms already. I am mulching around them to keep the weeds in check. A tip I got from the LSU representative. I hope to keep water in as well. Here is a link to LSUA.

Here are some photos I took of my berries. So loaded this year. I don’t have the mulch spread as around them yet. I am using dried weeds and grass clipping from my lawn maintenance.

This is a photo of what was suppose to be my climbing Peace rose. I due known what happen as you can see it is not a Peace rose,but the bees love it so it stays. Here is a link to wild rose that I believe this rose is.

My beautiful Lady Banks, purple. So happy with them this year.

Photo of a rose I am trying to save looks more like the Peace rose.

And my last photo is of my tiger lilies. My favorite of the lilies. Here is a good link for information on them.

Thanks again.

All photos by Karen Smith


Creole Tomato


Creole Tomato

I have been having a time getting these little seedlings to grow.  Started them inside but they kept wilting away.  My daughter said perhaps the moisture in the house was to much for them so took them outside to keep the moisture down and even.  Seems to be working at least on this pot.  They are starting their second leaves now.

Screenshot_18Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one type of ‘Creole’. Creole tomatoes are not a particular cultivar. When farmers in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes called their tomatoes Creole, it meant they were grown in the rich alluvial soil of the area and vine ripened because they did not have to be transported far to market.
Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one ,

Creole Tomatoes

My first year of planting to the Farmers Alamac has not been a success much to my disappointment
but the weather has been very cold at least 50 degrees lower then what is common in CentralLouisiana even New Orleans, way down at the southern most point of the state, had ice covering cars, streets and hindering operations as they know it.
But I will try again and have purchased some new tomatoe seeds to start for planting in March or hopefully the last week of February. I am trying another type of tomatoe called Creole,Bonnie plants  and I am hopeing this tomatoe will do as well if not better then the Flordia 91, Bonnie plants .
I bought my seeds from Petrus Feed store, about a half mile down the road from me. I love the people and it is nice to have a place you can buy seeds in bulk. Got about 300 seeds for a dollar. If I get it right you can grow tomatoes twice a year here in Central Louisiana.
So am excited about this years of planting.





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Time of The Tomato

Saturday I received an email from Old Farmers Alamac telling me it is now time to plant the second set of large tomatoes.  I had mention here a few back how I had signed up for a gardening calendar and email alerts when to plant as I grew up in the upper regions of the states and am so used to growing plants under different climate.  I could not grow things well here at al.

I am proud to say it is getting better now that I can consult my gardening calendar.  Anyway, finding the tomatoes was a challenge because yes no on sales them except for garden specific stores.  So I called Petrus today which is a feed and seed store and was relieved that they had some.

I went up and bought myself two Florida 91 tomatoes.  I grew this tomato last year and was very impressed by it.  Really stands up to the heat.  The link I am sending is from Bonnie and as some good information on this tomato.

Now it is time for the tomato.

The Tomato Worm

I went out to the garden to find I had tomato worms.  At first glance I was excited thinking they were Monarch caterpillars as the tomato worm is actually very nice looking worm.  I gathered what I found of them as well they had eaten quiet a bit of the plant they were on already.  The thing about them is they are not the least bit  worried about you standing there, the nerve of them.

Now I have to think about what to do as I really don’t want to put out anything to kill them as I might do damage to the eco system I am trying to develop in my garden and yard as a whole.  Anyway, I went looking them up on the net and here is some tips I got for those of us like me that think being a good manager of our world around us is the first best step in helping keep the world a better place.

Screenshot_8Tomato hornworms    I learned this year that the hornworms are in the soil at the being of the season so by tilling several times before planting will greatly reduce and control the pest.  I have lots of wasp in my garden but I guess not the ones that prey on these little worms.

Here is some tips for getting rid of these from the Almanac  I got the photo to show you what they look like from this link as well take a look.