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Joy Blooms in the Vegetable Garden
d to Lubbock, TX in Spring 2011
 Growing veggies in Lubbock has been a challenges, but each year is better.
Come follow my progress as I get my hands in Texas soil.

Joy Blooms in the Garden

Veggies Anyone?    Get Ready    Tomatoes or Nothing    Tips for the Gardener 
Good Neighbors    Compost It!     Gardening in Lubbock   
Gardening Lessons from Daddy   Building Raised Beds    My Lubbock Victory Garden

Bed 3 - Tomatoes

My Lubbock Victory Garden - 2014   ---    Please e-Mail any ideas/comments
  Click on Bed # for List of Crops, etc
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Lubbock Victory Garden Layout         Planting Calendar
Crop Rotation Chart                 Jan's Victory Garden Journal-2014
Spring Planting Calendar             Fall Garden Planting Calendar       
Month by Month Planting Schedule in Each Bed

My experience is that Tomatoes like to grow in the same spot each year.  I do add a fresh heap of compost each year to the bed before I plant the this years tomatoes.  (see for more info)
Tomato Bed
Purchased Tomato Plants from  Ace Hardware & Lowe's on April 3, 2014
  • 1 East >Tomato Red Cherry Large-

    Unknown source from Ace - Planted 4/5    

    Indeterminate 75 days


  • 2> Cherokee Purple

    Chef Jeff from Ace -  Planted 4/5    

    Indeterminate 80-90 days


  • 3> Husky Red Cherry

    Bonnie Plants from Walmart-  Planted 4/5    

    Indetminate – Early 65 days


  • 4 West> Porter’s Dark Cherry –-

    Bonnie Plant s from Walmart  Planted 4/5    

    Indeterminate Mid Season 74 days --


Plans for 2013 include planting the following in the Tomato Bed:

  • Basil=improves flavor of tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Marigolds=repels tomato hornworm
  • Nasturtiums=deters aphids & other pests
  • Peppers= Tomatoes provide shade & increase humidity
  • Petunias



My Garden Journal

April 16, 2014 - had freezing temps last 2 nights.  Some of the tomato plants suffered frost.   There are no freezing temp predicted for the rest of the month.  I will give them a few days and see if they "perk- up."

Plant during the 1st Week of April:
  • Lettuce Leaf Basil (Ferry-Morse)


Plant during the 2nd Week of April:
  • Chives (American Seed)
  • Carnival Hybrid Mix Sweet Pepper (Burpee)


Plant during the 4th Week of June:
  • Sweet Banana Pepper (Urban Farmer)


Plant during the 2nd Week of July:
  • Danvers Half Long Carrot (American Seed)


Tomatoes Good Neighbors
Asparagus, Basil, Bell Pepper, Borage, Carrots, Celery, Chives, Cucumber, Horehound, Marigold,  Mint, Monarda (Bee Balm), Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley
Bad Neighbors
Cabbage Family  Corn, Dill, Fennel, Potato,
  • Parsley & Asparagus increases the vitality of the each other
  • Tomatoes protect Asparagus against that awful asparagus beetle.

  • Plant garlic in late October through early December.  Note: Plant cloves after the first frost. Garlic cloves can also be planted in late winter as soon as the soil thaws, but fall-planted garlic produces bigger, better bulbs.
  • Plant one clove with the pointy end up @ about 8 – 10 inches deep. Also allow about 2-4 inches between cloves.
  • Garlic requires adequate levels of nitrogen. Fertilize accordingly, especially if you see yellowing leaves.
  • Let the garlic to flower (late spring/early summer). Once the flower is dead and the leaves have browned 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down the stem, dig your garlic up. This should happen no later than July.
  • Save some of thelargest, best-formed garlic cloves to plant in the fall.


  • Carefully lift the bulbs with a spade or garden fork; brush off the soil; and cure in an airy, shady spot for one to two weeks. Hanging upside down is a good method for curing.
  • The Garlic is cured when the garlic skins are papery and the roots are dry; the root crown hard; and the cloves can be cracked apart easily.
  • Bulbs should be stored in a cool (40 degrees F), dark, dry place, and can be kept in the same way for several months.
  • The flavor will increase as the bulbs are dried.

If you plan on planting garlic again next season, save some of your largest, best-formed bulbs to plant again in the fall.


Planting cloves from the grocery store is risky.  They may be not grow well or be hard to grow (most are treated to prolong shelf life) It is best to order from a seed company or buy at a local nursery.


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