Gary Schulze

SacBee Garden

Published: Saturday, Jun. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 7:48 am

Sacramento Bee readers share their gardening adventures.

Whose got tomatoes? Just about every gardener in Sacramento. Recent hot weather has put tomatoes into overdrive.

Gary and Marti Schulze shared this progress report from their Loomis garden.

"As you can see, we will be eating homegrown tomatoes before Memorial Day!" Gary Schulze wrote, sending a photo of red Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. He also posted a snapshot of this hefty Better Boy.

"We have heavy fruit on Early Girls, Romas, Ace and Beefsteak," he said. "Our plants are probably the fullest I have ever seen."

Their secret?

"We plant in raised beds, spreading a bag of steer manure in January," he explained. "When we are ready to plant, we add compost from our compost pile. We start with 4-inch potted plants and, once the plants are in the ground, we surround them with 'Walls of Water' and leave them on until the plants are coming out the top. Even in years when others say the tomato crop is mediocre, ours seem to thrive."

It's not just tomatoes, he said.

"We have been harvesting zucchini, cucumbers and green beans for the past two to three weeks."


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