Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kitchen garden log. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and lemons.

Tomatoes and peppers. They are now spending their days outside in the sun, but brought inside at night. Still under 50 F at night, so too early to plant. Tomatoes require 50-degree F nights, and Peppers require 55-degree. Interesting to note, thermometer in barrel planter shows 60-degrees soil temp overnight. I might do an experiment with one of the peppers, planting it in the barrel and covering it at night. We'll see.

Potatoes are growing. The last ones to start were on the shadier side. The warm sun makes a difference.

The eggplants were the slowest to get started - still not ready for individual pots, but now both varieties have sprouted and some are on their second leaf (first true leaf). It's still early, so I think they should be fine.

Not sure what to do about this. Meyer lemon, basically neglected it all winter, in south window, dry. Most of the leaves fell off. Then it bloomed, and now has lemons. It's on the deck now, made it through a 31 degree night.


  1. It looks like a larger pot will help (3 gal). They do fine in Chattanooga Tn. as long as you bring them inside when temp goes below 28 F. They aren't too picky about light. Remove the fruits by February for more foliage growth.

    Best Regards,

  2. Thanks. I was thinking about a wooden pot, insulates the sides better in the sun. This plant survives a lot of neglect, so maybe better treatment will result in more fruit. On the other hand, this winter was the worst I ever neglected it, and this is the most fruit it's ever had. Go figure.