Thanks for all the kind words about my veggies. Not too bad for a city boy from Chicago, eh?
We bought our seeds from UH Manoa (and we're happy to share, btw):
Kaala Bell Pepper (this type pictured above)
Awaha Bulb Onion (seeds were just eaten by a pesky cardinal who lives nearby)
Milo hybrid cucumber (ditto above)
Hirayama Kai Choy (W.R. Resistant)
Hybrid N-65 Tomato
U.H. Manoa Lettuce
Manoa Wonder Pole Green Bean
Sure wish I could tell you which tomato strain the big beefsteak guy pictured above was...I'm guessing the hybrid N-65 (we mixed strains in the same planter by mistake). The one in the picture was by far the alpha fruit of the litter, I think a co-joined freak of nature...but man, it was delicious.
I'm thinking that I may have picked the green pepper too early, hence the bland taste? But it was starting to get...for lack of a better term, "stretch marks".
Did I grow it organically? Not sure what that means exactly, which means the answer's probably no. But the plastic fertilizer container does say "Organic" so maybe I grew it organically my mistake! :-o Nah.
Can't remember exactly when we planted the seeds...December I think...makes 'em about 4 months old. No special dirt, just cheap potting soil from Walmart mixed in with our homemade compost full of worms and (I assume) lots of worm poop.
Don't have to tell folks here how tough it is to grow tomatoes in the rainy jungle, unless of course you've got the cherry tomato vine type (which we're also growing).
A while back a friend recommended a self-watering planter system that you get on-line, one that happens to come with casters. Casters are the perfect solution for my situation because we just roll our tomatoes into the carport when it rains, and back outside when the sun shines. It's easy to grow tomatoes and the self-watering system is convenient for an absentminded person like myself. My only complaint is it's too damn expensive for the set-up, well over $100 including tax and shipping.
This harvest of potted tomatoes is on its last legs; just harvested three little ones this morning, with a few green stragglers stubbornly hanging on. My unprotected vine type cherries are thriving out in the elements...I believe they are the Kewalo types. They were really going strong, but the birds are starting to eat the ripe ones. Damn! Guess I gotta cover them up...any ideas?
I'll post pictures of my current set-up, my $20 solution along and a few other visuals...after my dead camera gets re-juiced.