This is just one of many baskets of tomatoes I’ve pulled out of the garden. And they taste delicious.
You may recall in March, I started writing about wanting to garden more cost efficiently. I bought organic seeds and very cheap lamps with cheap grow lights. In this post and this post, I demonstrated how I set up my seed growing system using just these lights and recycled materials, like egg cartons and spinach containers. My investment was $42 for the light, about $15 for the seeds and $3 for the soil.
I saved egg cartons to plant the initial seeds in. I used the plastic spinach bins to create greenhouses for the seeds to sprout in. With the lamp and grow lights, they grew their first and second set of leaves. Then I transplanted them into yogurt containers to grow deeper roots. I hardened them off for a time, then planted 30 plants in the garden (with cut pieces of toilet paper rolls around them) and 25 survived.
Through some trial and error, I wasn’t successful with my lavender, thyme and rosemary seeds. But I was very successful with my tomato seeds. I have 25 plants producing tomatoes at the perfect rate. So perfect, that as I finish eating one basket of tomatoes, another basket is ready to be picked.
I’m thrilled. I’ve already got some crushed tomatoes in the freezer. And a ton of tomatoes still ripening on the vine. Ahh, the delicious taste of summer.
I wonder how long I can hold off on building a greenhouse in the basement to eat delicious food all year long!