A Rolling Green House

A rolling green house was needed as the big day finally arrived! The last frost date had passed at our summer cottage in Maine. The heirloom tomatoes that I started from seed in March had grown big and strong. Now the time had come for the plants to leave the comfort of their heated and well lit potting shed at our New Hampshire home and make the two hour trip north and be planted in the garden in Maine.

I had planned for the tomato plants to go in the back of our touring wagon along with herbs and vegetable seedlings.  No problem with the seedlings but the tomatoes were too tall. They ended up buckled in the backseat where there was more headroom. (Remember when purchasing a car to always check the headroom…it is very important to the comfort of the passengers in back).

Tomato Plants Buckled In The Backseat With More Headroom

Tomato Plants Buckled In The Backseat Where There Is More Headroom

Plenty Of Room In The Rolling Greenhouse

Plenty Of Room In The Rolling Greenhouse

So off we went to Maine, looking like a rolling green house. The car was packed with fifteen tomato plants that were over 3 feet tall, a dozen pepper plants, a half dozen each of rainbow chard, green beans, red leaf lettuce, basil, oregano, cilantro, two rosemary, and one lemongrass plant.  As cars went whizzing by on the Maine Turnpike, we did get a few double takes.

Now it was time to get most of them in the ground. Four of the tomato plants were going to have to go  into large buckets as I couldn’t  bear to leave any of them behind (I had already given eleven tomato plants to friends).

Ready To Plant In The Maine Garden

Ready To Plant In The Maine Garden

I like to add additional nutrients when I plant tomatoes. They are heavy feeders so a little fertilizer made especially for tomatoes will give them a good start.

Additional Nutrients Will Be Added To The Planting Hole

Holes were dug a foot deep and wider than the six inch pots the tomato plants were in.

Deep Holes Were Dug

After removing the tomatoes from their pots and planting them, tomato cages were put around them. A large metal fence post was placed through the cages and hammered deep into the ground. We get a lot of wind that comes off the distant mountains and down our lake…the posts will help secure the plants when they get to six feet tall or more.

The Tomato Garden Is Planted

The tomato plants going into the large tubs were planted in a similar way. Drain holes were drilled in the bottom of the tubs, filled with a layer of small stone for good drainage, potting soil and fertilizer added. The tomatoes were planted and cages put around them. Stakes were placed through the tub handles and hammered into the ground so that they won’t blow over in high winds.

Tomatoes Planted In Large Tubs

The raised box was planted with the last two tomato plants. They have to share the space with the peppers and some of the herbs. All the plants were then well watered.

The Raised Bed Was Planted With Tomatoes, Peppers And Herbs

It was eight weeks from the time the seeds were planted until they were transplanted for the last time. The plants were babied in the potting shed and thrived. Now they will face the real world of living in the outdoors and all that nature has in store for them. As I said in the first post about my heirloom tomatoes…now the battle begins.

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176 Responses to A Rolling Green House

  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    I hope the tomato plants thrive. I can’t imagine having to take them on a two-hour journey. Your tomato garden looks beautiful with it’s stone border and water views! xx

  2. You left out “And then the weather turned cold. Again.” ;)
    They look wonderful – wishing you a great season!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, The tomatoes did beautifully in the potting shed. I hope we have a good growing season. The Maine the weather hasn’t been great. It is why I can’t plant until the end of May. I’m still wearing sweat shirts most days. Unfortunately, I usually have to wear a rain jacket as well. We have only had three or four full days of sun.

      • I know exactly what you mean…it went into the 40′s three nights last week, and we had next to no sun all week. It took 8 days for my summer squash to sprout…usually it takes 3.

      • Karen says:

        After such a mild winter, I thought it would be a beautiful spring but not good so far. Let’s hope we get better weather soon.

  3. So funny, I was thinking about your tomatoes just yesterday. I bought some at the Portland Farmer’s Market. They are half dead two weeks later. Sigh…

    Hopefully the sunshine will warm up that beautiful lake soon.

    Enjoy!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, Thank goodness we had sun yesterday. Too much rain and no sun is hard on plants. I hope yours do better or that you can buy more. Let’s hope the growing season gets better and warmer soon.

  4. Judy says:

    Hope you and your heirloom tomatoes have a wonderful summer in our neighboring state. One question – in the picture of the bed after the tomatoes were planted, there are medium sized circles next to eat tomato plant. Is that a concrete stone to stand on? Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, Thanks for the wish for a good summer. So far the weather has been terrible…so it can only get better. Yes, what you see are concrete steps in the shape of leaves. The tomatoes are planted three feet apart with a step between each one. They make it easier to work around the tomatoes. I don’t like to compact the soil in the garden by walking on it.

  5. Sue says:

    Hi Karen–I chuckled about this post—even your tomato plants are well travelled-LOL!
    Best of luck to them. Hope you have a great growing season. I just checked our weather back home and looks like we’ll FINALLY be getting a few hot days. I’m sure my seeds will be growing like mad in that. Be a dear and “pop” by to water them. Hahahahah. Just kidding. Hope your weekend is going well. Best to you AND the freshly planted garden!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, You made me laugh…you are right, my plants are well travelled. I hope we both have a good gardening year…it certainly hasn’t started off well here in Maine. We have had nothing but heavy rains. I was just at your blog yesterday. I hope your garden is warm and had enough rain since your caretaker “doesn’t water”. Have a great time on your trip.

  6. Good luck, Karen. Everything looks beautiful and (the water included.) Glad to hear the plants wore their seatbelts:-)

  7. Look at all that luscious green grass. I just want to take off my shoes and run barefoot through it. All we have is cement here in Hong Kong.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bam, Green grass and lots of space really is one thing that you lack in Hong Kong. You do have some lovely public parks though.

  8. Everything looks amazing – what well travelled plants you have!

  9. viveka says:

    How wonderful and the plants made it without any problems … you have green fingers that’s for sure or so it’s that pretty little potting shed of yours. And what a lovely view you have from your summer house. Maine isn’t that fare from Sweden.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, Thank goodness the trip was uneventful. The potting shed really made it possible to get a head start on the growing season. Green fingers…I do like that term. Hopefully mine are a little green. We do have a lovely view and later in the year, I’ll do a tour of our lake from the water. And you are right…we just have a little water between Maine and Sweden. LOL

  10. Norma Chang says:

    I am sure your tomatoes are happy and will do very well in their new environment with a view and what a view! Love the rocks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma. I hope the tomatoes will adapt to their new environment. Unfortunately the weather has not been very good so far. I like the rocks too and have them lining all our garden beds.

  11. Monique says:

    Look at that view..What tender care you give the kidlets..No wonder you reap such a harvest.

    Are they well behaved in the car or do you have to put a movie on?:)Hope to see more of your Maine house this summer~

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, We do have a wonderful view from our yard and dock. The “kidlets” did get tender loving care in the potting shed. They were so well behaved in the backseat that I almost forgot they were there. I think they enjoyed the scenery on the two hour ride. There will be more about the Maine cottage…I’m glad you enjoy the posts.

  12. What a beautiful garden! Maine is truly God’s Country!! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, Thank you for your compliment. The garden is nice and in a lovely spot. Maine really is a beautiful state. I’ll be taking everyone on some tours shortly.

  13. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful property. I wish my garden had a view like yours.

  14. flavorsofthesun says:

    Your post made me smile. I so appreciate the love and care you give your plants–and the comfort. I’ll never look at back seats the same way again. I hope they thrive in their new home!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, I’m glad the post made you smile. I think I’m with you about the backseat. At least the tomatoes didn’t need much leg room, so they shared that space with the basil. I hope they are going to do well…the weather has been very harsh so far.

  15. I’m envious of your garden! My back yard is a canal. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, Thank you for your nice comment about the garden. I’m sure it is a very nice canal in your back yard…I have seen some lovely ones in my day.

  16. Larry says:

    Looks like a really nice place to spend the summer.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, Our cottage on the lake in Maine is a wonderful place to spend summer. Remember when I first stop by your blog and said that we had a lot in common. Lakes, pontoon boats, gardening and cooking…we both share the same experiences.

  17. bishop9396 says:

    What a great journey for your little ones. With all of the tender love and care that you have given them I hope that they behave well and grow up to be wonderful adults……and bear lots of fruit. I have it so easy in Houston by comparison. I am told that the windy conditions may aid in the setting of tomatoes – kind of like the bumble bee vibration effect.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bishop, Thank you for your nice comment. I do hope the “children” grow up to wonderful adults. They certainly did well in the potting shed. I know that gently breezes are good for the plants…yesterday they dealt with 15MPH winds. I hope the bumble bee effect works. Last year I got a good crop so I’m hoping this year will be as good.

  18. They look so beautiful! I think it is going to be a bumper crop for you this year–I just feel it. Does this mean you are “permanently” in your summer home now too? Or can the plants fly solo a few days on their own? Can’t wait for the first post about the first glorious tomato to come off a vine. What will Karen make???

    I will bet too that your car smelled wonderful with all those plants in it. Maybe you could capture that smell in an auto fragrance? Don’t you just love that I am always coming up with huge, time-consuming, potentially money-making ideas for you?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bliss, We are settled in the Maine house for the summer. We can leave the garden to fend for itself for a few days. Hopefully, we will make a few trips around the state of Maine while we are here. I do love you money making adventures that you come up with for me. LOL

  19. reg45 says:

    Make that two envious people. All of our gardening in the Yucatan state of Mexico has to be grown in pots or trays. Everything is subject to salt and sand and sun on a daily basis. So far we have been able to grow dill, basil, rosemary, arugula, sage and rosemary. The tomato plants NEVER look that healthy and when they do produce you have to fight off the iguanas! We have tried radishes, sweet corn, squash but have never been able to get them to develop…que lastima! Then again produce is relatively cheap here. However, most of the best quality stuff we can buy at Costco! Haha…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Reg, After living in the Florida Keys, I know what you mean about the salt, sand and sun. I have to contend with chipmunks and squirrels but you have an interesting critter to deal with…iguanas! Thank goodness we have markets when all else fails.

  20. Judy says:

    It is so satisfying to have the plants in the ground, yet a little nerve racking when the weather calls for hail and severe storms. Last week a storm came through Colorado Springs that dumped 4 feet of hail — no kidding — it was awful for some areas. Fortunately, it was not here in the foothills where we are, so my garden was spared. I pray your tomatoes thrive this summer and your harvest is bountiful! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, Thank you for your nice wish about the garden. The storms have been terrible this spring. We have had the possibility of hail with the thunderstorms but luckily we didn’t get any either. Let’s hope we both get a good crop this year.

  21. Wonderful Karen, I’m pleased to see you all made it safely to Maine :) And I keep seeing these fabulous tomato cages, I’m going to have to investigate to see if I can get some here, they look so practical yet pretty. So much nicer than lots of canes here and there! As you say, let battle commence

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Claire, It is nice to be settled in Maine for the summer and have the garden planted. It is funny about the tomato cages not being used where you are. Every garden center here carries them. They really work well, giving some support and places to tie off the large branches. Let’s hope we both have a good growing year.

  22. Eva Taylor says:

    I am certain those tomato plants will yield amazing fruit for you, particularly with that view! I’d be a very happy tomato plant indeed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I sure hope you are right about a good crop this year. The plants were so happy in the potting shed. Let’s hope they enjoy their new home.

  23. What a beautiful and orderly garden! How could your plants NOT bear wonderful fruit when they have a view that most humans would envy?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, The garden does look so orderly right now but when the plants start growing the garden tends to have a very different look. It is a lovey view.

  24. Little Sis says:

    Looks great! I’m very jealous of your tomatoes – mine have had a rough start this year. Still keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Little Sis, This has certainly been a hard spring for many of us gardeners. We have only had a couple of days of sun and heavy rains. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for both our gardens.

  25. Your cottage garden looks so pretty! You’ll have all the tomatoes you’d want and more soon :).

  26. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely stuff Karen, I was out for a cycle in the Wicklow mountains earlier today. I stopped in a friend’s house beside the lakes. He showed me his tomato plants, his carrots, his beans, peas and a huge range of herbs that he grows under plastic and then transfers outdoors. I was envious of him and I am envious of you. Lovely stuff.
    Best,
    Conor

    • Karen says:

      Thank you very much Conor. It sounds like you had a lovely ride earlier today. I wish I could have been peddling along beside you and have seen your friends garden.

  27. Mad Dog says:

    Good luck with the tomatoes – it certainly does look beautiful up there ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mad Dog, I do hope the tomatoes do well. Our summer cottage is in a lovely area of Maine. I’ll try to give everyone a tour around the lake in some upcoming posts.

  28. spree says:

    Oh to be a tomato plant bedded lakeside at Karen’s summer house! What a life! :)
    This year won’t see me planting much, but Next year I want to follow along as we do this all over again! Please Karen? Will you consider re-runs? Your tomatoes & all your growing things seem awfully happy in your care!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spree, Thank you for your nice compliment. I will definitely do re-runs next year. Growing the tomatoes from seed was so easy…that is the way I will be doing it every year from now on. I’m glad that you have enjoyed following along.

  29. Would you look at the view the plants have – they will definitely thrive with that. Gorgeous Karen. :-) Mandy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mandy, I hope my tomatoes enjoy the view as much as everyone else does. Happy tomatoes should grow nice and tall and bear plenty of fruit.

  30. annie says:

    A garden in a day. I love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Annie, I guess you could say it was a garden planted in a day. To get to this point in time took two months of nurturing. I hope they will thrive in their new environment which can be harsh at times.

  31. Gardening is a lot of work but it will pay off in your case. Your basil looks a lot better than mine! You have a beautiful view by the way. I’d love to move back to the NorthEast and enjoy the beauty of Maine but the winters are way too cold for me. :-(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Perfecting Motherhood, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. We do have very cold winters in New England but I love the four seasons. I do enjoy spending summers at our cottage on the lake, it is quite lovely. I’m sure your basil will come along nicely given time.

  32. lulu says:

    Wow, it looks like your winter efforts should result in quite a crop of tomatoes when they start yielding. Do you put away some for later?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulu, I do hope I get a good crop of tomatoes this year. I usually cook the tomatoes down and make a basic tomato sauce with garlic and herbs and freeze it in pint and quart containers. I can then use it for soup, stews, chili, or italian sauce instead of using canned tomatoes. I have also slow roasted cherry tomato halfs until they are like sun dried tomatoes and then freeze them in small packages.

  33. Hi Karen,

    Lovely setting for your plants! So nice to be able to plant tomatoes outdoors. We can’t here in South Wales because of the weather and the dreaded Blight disease but fingers crossed for my ones in the greenhouse this year…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment, Dragonette. I know the weather is very difficult in some locations. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for both of us that we have a disease free growing season with a nice crop of tomatoes.

  34. Have plants will travel.. I’ll bet you got a few odd looks:) Proud mama with her babies stowed in back, you’ll be even prouder when they grow up and have little red babies of their own:) You’ll be reaping quite the haul of tomatoes from the look of things!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Smidge, We did get a few looks with the backseat filled to the rooftop with tomato plants. You are right, I will be very proud when they are grown and have little red babies. I’m looking forward to the first ripe tomatoes later in the year.

  35. You are going to win the battle and the war my friend! A rolling greenhouse is a fabulous idea :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  36. Lea Ann says:

    YAY for getting the tomato plants in! I was able to plant two weeks ago, then hail beat them down this past Tuesday. But they’re looking pretty good today.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, I was so happy to get the tomatoes in the garden. If you are not having snow then it is hail. I hope your weather changes for the better and that your tomatoes survive what mother nature is dishing out. We have had terrible rain and wind but thankfully no hail. Hope we both have a good growing season.

  37. A lot of work there! Good luck with the tomatoes – you’ll have a splendid crop. What are you going to do with them?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Helen, Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment. I do hope I get a good crop of tomatoes this year. The first slicing tomato will go into the annual tomato sandwich. All during the growing season they will be part of recipes that I will be posting here. At the end of the season, tomatoes will be cooked down and frozen for use during the winter. I’ll have the taste of summer when there are feet of snow on the ground.

  38. joshuafagans says:

    Wow, wonderful. You make me feel like a very unorganized gardner though. The garden looks wonderful. Congrats!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joshua, It is so nice to have you back in the blogging world…I have missed you. I think your garden is lovely and I’m looking forward to some great recipes from what you harvest.

  39. my tomatoes are now adjusting out as well…I had to plant a few in tubs as I ran out of room…I will look into the tomato fertilizer you are using…I might try it

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, Each year I say I’m not going to grow so many tomatoes but I just had too many nice ones…tubs work well when we run out of room. I like Tomato-tone, it is made by Espoma and is highly recommended by many gardeners.

  40. jane says:

    I’m glad they made the journey! Good luck – I hope they do well!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I’m glad that they are in the garden and getting settled in. I just hope we can have a stretch of nice weather for a change. We have had nothing but rain…but the sun has finally come out.

  41. What a beautiful gardening spot! love it, thank you for sharing your pictures! Sounds like an idyllic garden and i will keep my fingers crossed that your stakes and posts will protect your beautiful well-travelled tomatoes!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jodijojo, Thank you for your nice comment and wishes for a success crop this year. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our Maine garden. It is in a lovely spot.

  42. Now that is dedication to gardening! I can well imagine the looks you might have got on the highway. Can wait to see how all those tomatoes grow. I’m sure you’ll feature a “part 2″.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, I guess that I am dedicated to gardening. Because Maine has such a very short growing season, I’m trying to get a head start. There will be ongoing posts…I guess a small miniseries on growing tomatoes.

  43. Carolyn Chan says:

    Can I live in the garden ??? What a gorgeous spot for your precious veggies to grow up.

  44. Tandy says:

    I have learnt so much along this journey! Thanks so much and I hope you get loads of delicious tomatoes :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Tandy, for your nice comment. I’m happy that you have enjoyed to posts about growing tomatoes. I hope I get a good crop of tomatoes this growing season.

  45. Misky says:

    It’s still raining here, and that means we’ve been battered with one storm after another for two and half months. The apple and plum trees have hardly set any apples because it was pouring rain the whole time the trees were blooming. The squashes and cucumbers have stalled, and aren’t growing more — they need some sunshine and warmth. Our grapevines look good though, and if we get some hot weather in late summer that should be okay for them. It’s not looking nearly as hopeful here as your garden is displaying!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miskey, We have had a terrible rainy spring as well. We got sun this weekend to dry things out some. I don’t think we will have much of an apple crop this year as well because of the rain. Hopefully summer will have better weather.

  46. Katerina says:

    Here the weather is warmer and the first tomatoes, still green, are already on my plants. Can’t wait to taste them. You have a beatiful garden and I wish to you all your effort to give you beautiful red tomatoes Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katerina, Happy to hear that you have green tomatoes already. I think we all look forward to that first vine ripe tomato. I hope we both have success in our gardens this year.

  47. Your tomato plants are HUGE now. Glad they made it to their new home safely. You are off to a great start.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, I was amazed how large the tomato plants got in the two months since I planted the seeds. I hope they will thrive in their new home.

  48. Joanne says:

    What a beautiful start to your garden!!

  49. ChgoJohn says:

    Your tomato plants look incredible! You really did a good job starting them and getting them ready for their eventual home in Maine. And I bet you got a few looks from passers-by along the way. I, too get those looks when people notice I’m traveling with a dog & parrot. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Thank you for your compliment. I had to chuckle at the though of you with your two traveling companions. We did get a few double takes from passing cars on our way to Maine.

  50. cabinet stew says:

    I was visiting a friend in Leeds, Maine this past weekend and I must admit as I was whizzing thru I was keeping one eye out for a car load of plants! All those plants in your car – I am surprised the Maine state troopers didn’t stop you to make sure they were all “tomatoes” if you know what I mean. LOL (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that joke!)

  51. ladyfi says:

    I love the wonderful taste of fresh, home-grown tomatoes.

  52. Eri says:

    It’s going to be a great garden! I love the view Karen, you are so lucky!

  53. Wow. That is dedication, raising those plants from seed and then transporting them all to plant in your summer garden.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sharyn, With such a short growing season, I wanted to get a head start. If I was to buy plants in Maine right now, they are less than half the size.

  54. kitchenriffs says:

    I love garden posts! Your garden looks particularly nice. Planting some of the tomatoes in the tubs is a great idea. I wonder if you could start some early, and when frost threatens move them indoors overnight? (You’d probably need a dolly or something with wheels to move them.) In fact I may try that myself next year! Nothing beats home grown early tomatoes! Fun post – thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kitchenriff, for stopping by and your nice comment. I started my tomato seeds in March in New Hampshire and then transported them to Maine when there was no more threat of frost. The tubs work well…we planted two last year. You would definitely need a dolly to move the tubs if you wanted to bring them into a building to escape the danger of frost. They are heavy now and the plants are small. I’d be interested to know if you try doing that next year. I agree that there is nothing quite as good as a just picked tomato.

  55. Juliana says:

    Everything looks so cool Karen…I love seeing the pictures of the plants and your garden…and I look forward to see your harvest :)
    Thanks for sharing such a fun post and hope you have a great week ahead!

  56. Karen, what an absolutely heavenly spot! I would love to be by the water like that, I don’t think I’d ever tire of the view! And tomato cages! I never knew about those, but I think they’re just what we need for a whole variety of plants in our yard! Thank you.. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, Thank you for your lovely compliment. My husband and I love our summers by the lake…it is so relaxing. It is funny about the tomato cages…I thought they would be found all over the world. All of my garden centers and the big box stores carry them in different sizes and made from thin and thick wire. They also carry small cages that keep heavy blossoming plants from falling on the ground. They are terrific for managing the tomato plants. They give me plenty of places to tie the branches when they get heavy with tomatoes.

  57. Susan says:

    I love gardening too! I can’t wait to pick the first ripe tomato :)

  58. I hope they do well. I’ll be jealous when you still have tomatoes in September!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Greg, Thanks for your wishes…I’m hoping they do well this year. We have had so much rain and wind, it is worrisome. I’ll have tomatoes in September but you have them when I am just planting mine. We have such a short growing season here that many of mine will never ripen before the first frost.

  59. Karen, what an amusing story. Great photo of your back seat full of seedlings. They have gotten large haven’t they? What a fun road trip. Happy gardening.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, Thank you for your nice compliment. Most of my road trips haven’t involved plants but usually include food. This is certainly different but will lead to good food in the future. I’m glad you have enjoyed the posts about the progress of tomato plants from seed to being planted in our summer garden in Maine.

  60. What beautiful plants and garden you have! Gorgeous! Your scenery must be breath taking. I need to make it up to New England one of these days. Thank you for stopping by my site and letting me discover yours.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nazneen, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. Our summer cottage is in a beautiful spot in the lakes region of Maine. New England is beautiful. I hope you get a chance to visit the area some day.

  61. Charles says:

    Hi Karen – tomato vines are one of my favourite smells in the world, as you may know. I can’t begin to imagine how awesome your car must have smelled on the journey!

    Good luck to your vines – may they grow big and strong and provide you with much fruit this coming season :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charles, You indeed would have enjoyed the smell of all those tomato plants snuggled in the backseat of our car. I really do hope that the growing season turns out well. We have had so much rain since the plants were put in the ground.

  62. What a neat job you did of it! And best of luck for the tomato plants! :D

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nigella, for your nice compliment. I’m hoping the weather will cooperate and that we get a nice crop of tomatoes this year.

  63. Great work with your green house on wheels! What dedication. With all that care–and a little Tomato Tone (good stuff–the plants love it!) you should have a marvelous crop of red beauties.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, Thank you for your nice compliment. I was a little worried about transporting the tomato plants as they had really gotten tall but they did just fine. I love using Tomato-tone on my plants…it really helps the tomatoes get a good start.

  64. glamorous glutton says:

    What a beautiful place with wonderful views. I was only bemoaning, yesterday, the travesty of tomatoes here in Britain; by co-incidence there was a programme on the radio about how our climate isn’t really right for the commercial growing of good tomatoes without poly tunnels and all that that involves. So, our Heritage toms come from Holland. Not much British heritage there. Perhaps I’ll have to do as you’ve done and plant my own. GG

    • Karen says:

      Hi Glamorous, Thank you for your nice compliment. I have a lot of British readers who grow their own tomatoes. I think you should give it a try next year. If you do a little research to see what people in your area have been growing and successful with, you might get some tasty tomatoes.

  65. wow Can’t wait to see the tomato harvest! You have a HUGE garden!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, Thank you for your nice comment. Every year I say I’m not going to plant as many tomatoes but then I think about which varieties I would have to give up and I can’t do it. Fresh tomatoes off the vine are so good.

  66. Sissi says:

    I cross my fingers for your tomatoes! I had no idea you were going to plant them so far away (it’s like almost crossing the whole country I live in! just joking of course ;-) ). The scenery is fabulous! I don’t know if I had the courage to garden or do any other type of work in such a lovely place.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, Thank you for your lovely compliment…our summer cottage is in a lovely spot. I loved your comment and you really made me laugh because I can so relate to the size of your country. Distance is very relative. Having flown into Zurich and picked up a car and then driven to Munich for lunch makes your statement so true. I have my fingers crossed as well for the tomatoes. We have had terrible weather since they were planted. Updating the weather situation in tomorrows post.

  67. lvaletutto says:

    This is exactly what my car used to look like when I lived in RI and used to start seedlings in the early spring. When I was done teaching at the end of the spring semester I would head home to upstate NY to put in my garden there with my car full of plants! It is rather comical looking to other drivers I must imagine. Good luck with your transplanting!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has transported their plants from one state to another. Yes, we did get a few looks during the two hour drive. A girl has to do what ever is necessary to have a great garden…especially where tomatoes are concerned.

  68. Karen, I had so much fun reading this post! I am still giggling at this passage: “Remember when purchasing a car to always check the headroom…it is very important to the comfort of the passengers in back” As I can see, you “passengers’ made it just perfect. :) I love the view from your garden, it’s beautiful! I also use that fertilizer for most of my plants plus I’ve read somewhere to add crashed eggshells when planting tomatoes. I did it this year for the first time.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marina, I’m glad that you enjoyed my post. Yes…headroom is very important in the backseat of a car. Even more important when your passengers are super sized tomato plants. I use Espoma products a lot and think Tomato-tone gives the tomato plants a great start. I have heard that egg shells are very good to prevent blossom end rot…you just need to plan ahead.

      • Hi Karen, yes, that’s what I’ve read about eggshells: to prevent blossom end rot. So I collected eggshells throughout the winter, then grind it in the coffee grinder, and in the spring I added about a tablespoon of the eggshell powder in the each hole when transplanted tomatoes. And guess what? I have two tomato plants with blossom end rot… and I think those two plants have to be removed soon… Now I am thinking: did I add eggshell powder to each plant or I missed some?! :)

      • Karen says:

        I have read that you can grind up calcium citrate supplement tablets, dissolve them in water and spray plants that have BER…it is supposed to help.

  69. wow, i think i am too lazy to work so hard for tomatoes when our farmers markets are so prolific here. i planted two! those will give me dozens. hoping yours grow strong and prolific as well. :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Linda for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. Growing the tomato plants from seed was really very easy. I hope you have luck with you two tomato plants. If you are successful and get a bountiful crop, I think you will be planting more next year.

      • thanks karen, in years past we’ve planted a huge garden… now it’s basically my hubby and i so we don’t need anything like before. i know we always get huge tomato crops ALL at the SAME time! it’s like a flood of them and i am not into canning anymore either!! or freezing or or or…

        i see why in your area you would want to cover yourself with the extras. i am north of SF so we have a very long growing season. usually we can set out tomatoes in april, something unheard of up there where you are! good luck! :)

      • Karen says:

        Thank you Linda, for your nice comment. It is nice that you can get an early start each year. We really do have a short growing season this far north.

  70. Brittany says:

    Your plants are so pretty!! Can you come tend to my garden??? ;)

  71. Pat says:

    Good luck with your tomato plants! I also use Tomato Tone when I plant mine –it is a wonderful fertilizer. I also save egg shells and crush them add them to the soil as tomatoes like calcium. We’ve had lots of rain and cool temperatures here in NYC–not the best for the garden but I’m hoping the weather will get sunnier and warmer soon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pat, Thank you for your nice comment. We have had terrible weather since I planted our tomatoes as well. I’m updating this post tomorrow with what has happened weather wise. Hopefully the good start that the plants got in my potting shed and using Tomato-tone will give them an edge against the spring weather the plants have had to deal with since they have been in the ground. Let’s hope we both have warmer and drier weather in the coming months.

  72. Such a beautiful garden! Your grass is so lush and green! I’m looking forward to seeing what delicious things you’ll make with such delicious bounty.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Carol, for your nice compliment. The mild winter in Maine certainly has help our grass this year. I’m hoping to get a nice crop of tomatoes for upcoming recipes.

  73. Karista says:

    What a stunning location! I love Maine and would return in a heartbeat. I’m envious, my tomato plants are just barely hanging on. Not much growth but if I can just keep them going until July 4th we might have some tomato luck. July is usually when our summer begins. Enjoy your time in Maine!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karista, Thank you for your nice compliment. We do have a lovely spot to spend our summers. Growing tomatoes is always a challenge. I’ll be updating what has happened since I planted tomorrow. It is funny that you mentioned the 4th of July. Our little resort town of Naples doesn’t even really get going until the 4th. Our few restaurants depend on college students for servers, so until the colleges close for the summer they are only open on the weekends. The 4th always starts with a parade and then the summer is off to a big start.

  74. Super looking plants! And I love that you seat belted them in–safety first!
    Did you know Maine is my favorite place in the world (OK, I haven’t exactly been THAT many places!) But Maine 3 times on vacation, and I would move there in a heartbeat! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacey, Thank you for your nice comment. Maine is a great place to come to for a vacation. Did you know that the state is known as “Vacationland”?

  75. Your tomato plants look great. We have tomatoes in are garden that were start from seeds too. It is always a lot of fun to watch them grow.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dawn, Thank you for your nice comment. Growing tomatoes from seed is easy and certainly saves money. It is interesting to see how fast they grow. I hope you have a wonderful crop of tomatoes this year.

  76. This is amazing! If I ever live close by, I would love to get plants from your “greenhouse.” They look great.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Justina, Thank you for your nice comment. I gave away eight plants this year. If you had been a neighbor, I would loved to have shared.

  77. Gobetween says:

    Well done. I hope you are rewarded for you hard work. The plants look really strong and healthy.

  78. The tomatoes on my window are doing well too and I am excited to see them grow :)
    loved the rolling green house Karen..thank yu for putting a smile on my face

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sawsan, Thank you for your nice comment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. Let’s hope we both have a nice crop of tomatoes this year.

  79. Heather.B says:

    How lovely! They’ve grown so much!! Sorry to hear about the excess water, but I hope they survive and you can enjoy them in several creative meals.

    The view isn’t bad, either! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather, Thank you for your nice comment. It really is amazing how quickly the tomato plants have grown. They were very strong and healthy when they were planted so I think they will be OK. A little sunshine and some dry days will make a big difference. We do have a lovely view, don’t we.

  80. Kristy says:

    This is just great Karen! I love the rolling green house and how gorgeous all the plants look. I wish I had just a smidge of your green thumb! And how I miss Maine already seeing your pictures. I just love Maine in the summer and look forward to getting back some day. :)

  81. Jean says:

    Karen, I passed a car on Main Street in Lewiston today that went you one better in the plant transportation department. They not only had their plants in the back seat, but had expanded the headroom by opening the sun roof and letting the plants poke their heads out at the top! :-)

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