Apr 12, 2011

WE SAY TOMATO!


Some wonderful person has taken pity on us. When they heard about our pitiful attempts at growing tomatoes last spring, this local shero pulled out all the stops by providing us with starter tomato plants in ten, count-um ten different varieties. We wasted no time getting them into their dirty new homes, and determined to get it right this time, spent two days lugging huge bags of dirt and manure around the half mowed yard last weekend. After all, now our reputation is at stake (no pun intended).

Yes, I said half mowed lawn because once again the old goat of a lawn tractor failed to cooperate and finish what it started the first time out. The tiny generator that can only be plugged into an auto cigarette lighter did the trick and inflated the flat tires we were concerned about. Which reminds me, I noticed the front tires on that thing are two different sizes. If you didn't believe spit and glue was a literal term for life out here, that should help to convince you.

So on the very first mow of the season with the yard half done, a horrible sound emerged from it's lower front section and it stopped working immediately. Once again, we were lucky to return it to it's resting place in the garage until further notice. Geez, what an exasperating pain in the ass that mower is, but I digress.


Our garden is now officially on it's way to glory with a number of herbs, cucumbers, bell pepper, jalapeno and of course, tomatoes in 10 varieties. I'm making a practice of lighting candles every night until I see proof that something is thriving out there.


We won't be composting this year. We decided that the delicate balance of wet and dry materials, proper container, time and attention composting requires is just too much. About the time maggots showed up on the outside of the container last year, we decided we're not cut out for that particular endeavor. If we ever try it again, we absolutely must have a proper composting system to work with. Winging it with compost is just not a good idea.


Next post, I'll share with you more photos of tomato plants in progress along with variety names, etc. Until then my friends, don't forget to leave a comment here. By now you know how grumpy it makes me when I don't get any. More later.



PLEASE FORGIVE THE SCREWY SPACING ON THIS AND FUTURE POSTS. IT'S A PROBLEM THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO FIX, AND IT'S MAKING ME CRAZY!

4 comments:

  1. oh YEAH!




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  2. Wow, if your tomatoes do well you sure are going to have a lot to do something with-canning, freezing maybe. I am so ready for fresh vegetables!

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  3. I LOVE the blue buckets! So cute! Keith seems to be growing the smallest tomatoes this year! Seriously, the size of a quarter!

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  4. Ahhh tomato... one of my favs:) We have ours planted too! Just returned from Hawaii and trying to get caught up on what everybody's been doing! You have been BUSY! Have a blessed Sunday my friend, HUGS!

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