After waiting and waiting for it to be dry enough for the farmer to plow, and then waiting and waiting for our schedule to permit it, we finally got out into the garden. It has been plowed for a few weeks, so hopefully we aren’t too late. I had previously gone out the day it was plowed and staked out our space.
As always, the notice from the apartment complex contained a warning not to take too much space as there was increased interest in the gardens again this year. We were a little concerned we might have staked off to much, but only the usual 6 or 7 suspects are actually gardening again, and there is plenty of space left over. I guess the lateness of the plowing and the usual loss of interest that happens by June weeded out the extra interest.
Wednesday evening we were finally able to go down and plant some stuff we bought earlier in the day. At Lowes and K Mart we found that most of the plants we had been interested in were gone. However the remaining plants were on sale so we got some things that weren’t part of our original plans. But in the immortal words of Parker and Longbaugh “A plan is just a list of shit that never happens.” So we rolled with it.
We got a couple of lemon boy tomatoes, a black krim tomato, a marmande tomato, a tumbling tom tomato, a roma tomato, and 9 beauregard sweet potatoes, a strawberry, and some purple cabbage. Sorry, I get confused about the E in the plural form of tomato and potato. No big deal since I’m not running for office. We also planted a patio cherry tomato in a container outside our apartment. We love cherry tomatoes, pear tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and roma tomatoes. We aren’t big fans of giant tomatoes, beefsteaks, etc. I won’t turn them down, but I’d rather grow the smaller ones.
We managed to get the tomatoes and sweet potatoes planted and watered before it got dark. Due to bunny danger my wife doesn’t want to plant the strawberry until we get the fence up. So Thursday morning I got up early (never really went to sleep, actually) and tried to get started on the fence. I barely got a little bit of the front done and started on the short side before it got too hot to continue. It was over 90 degrees here.
Yesterday evening I was able to go down and spend an hour planting some of the stuff we put out to harden. So far I have 8 baxter’s bush cherry tomatoes, 3 yellow pear tomatoes, and the moon and stars watermelon in. I hope they survive and thrive. Hopefully this weekend we will be able to get to the garden to finish the fence, and plant the rest of our stuff. But I got up at 0600 this morning (never really slept again) and it was pouring. So much for an early garden start today. This year it’s been either raining or 90+ degrees almost every day. That makes it very difficult to get anything done, especially with my crappy schedule.