So I’ve got to admit I’m a veggie growing failure… it’s horribly embarrassing! The only thing that has done well for me is cucumbers and squash. I think my biggest issue is not putting in the time, and the second issue is water. I don’t have a good source of water nearby so I walk back and forth with a big watering can from our rainbarrel, which is kind of a pain. The first year I tried tomatoes, I can’t remember what type I tried to grow put I had it in a very large pot with poor drainage and after massive rainfall the poor thing drowned. The next year I planted early girl in the garden instead of a pot and I got a lot of fruit, but it all had bacterial speck. The next year I decided to plant brandywine in a large pot with excellent drainage since I was worried about the bacteria in the soil. The plant did great until I went away on vacation and it never fully recovered so fruit was minimal.
This year I planted black krim in the same pot as last year and so far it has been very happy! I’m not a big tomato fan, but I’m trying to be and am eating them more than in the past so this year I’m determined to have success! I’m also considering planting another variety in the ground to just see how it goes. I really just feel so overwhelmed when picking the variety though so I’d love some help determining which to plant. I mostly like tomatoes on sandwiches and prefer a richer warm flavor… not really sure how else to describe it! I know it really comes down to personal preference, I just really walk through aisles of the plants and feel lost, having so little experience with either eating or growing them at this point, so I’d appreciate some guidance as to what has done well for you and what your favorites have been over the years.
Also, I've been mulching my veggie beds with dried grass clippings, but our new lawn mower does such a good job of mulching it in that I'm not sure if that will be available this year. I have a lot of poke weeds I was considering pulling and laying down as mulch... not sure if it's a good idea so open to suggestions!