Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Yea! all snow is gone

The weather continues to get warmer.  The last days have been 50s and 60s.  Now the temps are in the 40s during the day and 30s during the night.  I'm not so foolish to believe that all of winter is over.  There can still be a couple of Winter's last gasps in March but the encouraging part is that it's not going to last long.  

I've been busy with garden projects this week.  Every year I grow indeterminate tomatoes.  They are mostly heirloom.  Indeterminate means that they will continue to grow and produce tomatoes as long as the weather permits.  As a result the tomato vines are every where by the end of the season.  They grow so much that even the heavy duty wire cages won't support them.  So my gardening for this week has been to build tomato towers out of free pallets.
Here's enough pallets for at least four towers maybe more.  A business called Basic Body Works acquires these pallets from shipments of exercise equipment that they sell.  They are free to anyone that wants to haul them away.
The first task is to bust them apart.  Last year, I bought a special tool to help with that task.  It was a great investment since I make many things from pallets.    As you can see it was nice weather with all the snow being gone and shirt sleeves could be worn.
Yeah, I have a way of over engineering things.  No one could say that I don't have big hopes for tomatoes this year.  Well about 18 inches of the bottom will be in the ground so it will not be as high as it looks.  I now have three of these made and another ready for assembly.  Hopefully by week's end, I'll have them planted in place and the tomato bed prepared for planting.  Last year it took three passes of working the soil about two weeks apart before planting the tomatoes to be rid of the weeds in the bed.  Maybe this year it won't be quite as bad.  Each year the weed control gets easier.

So now that the weather is warming up the posts will be a little more frequent.  Have a great day outside in the garden.


  1. How nice to be able to work outside!!!
    We just got blasted with snow and the winds are howling. Definately not a "work outside" time of year up here.
    Love the tomato towers----I'm sure they'll keep those vines corralled nicely!
    Have a great time out there

  2. Those are good looking tomato towers.
    Did you get a photographer? Nice to see you with your projects.

  3. Hi Dave,
    I love your towers! I am excited spring is on the way! I sprained my right wrist a few weeks ago, and it has not fully healed yet. I'll have to pace myself with the yard clean up.

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