It’s time for a Coughlin Garden update! Many of you know that we live on a city lot and have converted some of our backyard to garden beds! So today I’m sharing about our tomatoes … because they’re already planted and in the ground! And growing quite nicely!

This time of year is so fun (I’m just like a little kid in a candy shop), because my husband and I get to take a little jaunt out to the countryside to our friend’s stunning greenhouse, to pick up our tomato plants.

Little baby tomato plants that Terri starts and grows in her greenhouse!

I think this year she must have grown about 1500 plants! (She admits she goes a little overboard – it’s her hobby! ha.)

We tried a new experiment this year in our garden. We brought our “babies” home, and on the nice days we “hardened” the plants by bringing them outside to bask in the sunshine. (That would be on the nice days only, not rainy days like today in southern Oregon!) :)

We kept the plants in our greenhouse until they grew some more, and then we planted them in 2 separate raised beds.

Here’s where our experiment came in:

1. One bed we planted the tomatoes directly into the soil.
2. The other bed we tried the “visqueen” method.

1. We put the plants directly into the ground and covered the beds with straw. They seem to be doing quite well!

2. We put visqueen down first, cutting slits long enough to slide the plant into the ground (making sure it was covered well with soil). This was to prevent so many weeds coming up! We also heard that it not only is a weed barrier, but it yields more tomatoes.

We shall see!

The colors and the bounty of tomatoes that are beginning to grow in our garden makes me so happy and inspired.

(The size of our plants today!)

I’m inspired to have people over and share the tomatoes with others around our table.

I’m excited to enjoy every moment, because before we know it, the season will be gone, all too soon.

Have you started planting your garden yet, and if so, I’d love to hear your update?

-Here’s an interesting way to plant, right in the potting soil bag. You can place them on top of your garden – no tilling and amending needed.

-Here’s a post about warming your beds with clear visqueen before planting the tomatoes.

-Last year we had really small tomatoes, you can read about them, HERE.

-We’ve also used “trench-style” planting in the past. You can read about it, HERE.

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