Monday, May 18, 2015

Our (Rewarding) Summer Hobby


Last summer was the first summer that I really tried at and stuck with gardening (in a long line of many failed attempts).  Ironically, it was the also during a time when we lived in the smallest space we've ever been in.  We were in a 1,200 square foot apartment with virtually no outdoor area.  I had a tomato plant, pepper plant, and a few herb plants that grew pretty successfully on our tiny patio in containers.

Do you know what that experience taught me?  Gardening really can work (and you really can enjoy it) no matter where you are. The whole experience of raising your own plants was so therapeutic.  Not only are you nurturing something from the very early stages of its life, but you get to reap the rewards of vegetable plants with home-grown fruits and veggies.  Added bonuses: its beautiful and economical too!

This year, we have a little bit more space, so we're trying out a few new tomato plants!  I'm excited about the different varieties available from Burpee Home Gardens.  They offer dozens of different varieties of vegetables and herbs...everything from Pinot Noir Peppers to Hi-Ho Silver Thyme.  Each plant has a unique look and taste to fit any palette!


The Brandywine Pink Heirloom Beefsteak tomatoes have a pink color and a superb, sweet flavor.  These tomatoes grow anywhere from 1-2 pounds and ripen late, so we'll enjoy these later in the season.


Black Krim Heirloom Beefsteak Tomatoes bear darker maroon tomatoes with a wonderful flavor and green flesh.  Don't those just sound beautiful?


Burpee Home Garden's Supersteak Hybrid Beefsteak Tomatoes can grow to be as much as 2 pounds. They have smooth skin and a meaty texture that make them perfect for summer tomato sandwiches...my favorite!


But of all of the tomato varieties we're trying out this summer, I'm most excited about the Big Rainbow Heirloom Slicer Tomatoes.  They have a marbled red-and-yellow flesh and can also be as big as 2 pounds.  We're going to make some gorgeous salads in the summer with these!

Many of you saw that we've been nurturing these babies in my garden window for the past couple of weeks...but, last week, it was finally time to move them outside!


After a little bit of watering, the "babies" took their place in our new flower bed, right next to the gerber daisies!  Because of space, the Brandywine Pink plant has a new home in a container next to this.


We can't wait to watch these grow and reap the rewards of them later on this summer.  I see some gorgeous and tasty meals in our future!

If you'd like to find out more about the many vegetable and herb varieties of Burpee Home Gardens, click here to learn more!  You can use their store locator tool to find plants near you.

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