Traditionally, in the southern United States, the rule of thumb for planting vegetables is that no matter how nice the weather is, don’t ever plant until the day after Easter. I usually don’t listen to advice much, including this pearl of wisdom, but we’ve had so much rain and cold weather it just hasn’t been a good day for planting until last Friday which was a very busy blogging day. So I planted some today.
After last night’s blogging of hours of misogyny, I needed to get out and enjoy the perfect weather today. I had the best time wandering through the extensive flower and veggie displays outside Home Depot. Sadly, there was only one person working the register in the entire gardening department. She also had to fetch the huge bag of potting soil for me while nearly a dozen people waited. It seems that they did not plan well for all of us who were so glad for a perfect sunny day that we all ran to Home Depot. I already want to go back tomorrow. I have a Home depot addiction. Anyway on to what I planted today…
First I bought my cheat tomato plant. I try to buy only heirloom and/or organic tomatoes but I also want tomatoes as fast as I can get them. So I’ve been buying one of those bush tomato plants that are already a foot or two high to get a head start. I think I ended up with a Bush Goliath. It already has a few blooms. There was one with two fairly large green tomatoes on it, but that is just too much cheating for me. Then I usually by an Early Girl (also not heirloom or organic) because they go from seedling to fruit in about 50 days.. I thought I bought one of those but I accidentally got a Beefsteak instead. I’m sort of irritated by that, but whatever. So my tomato plant count is currently at 2!
I also planted two pepper plants, one yellow bell, and one (heirloom) tabasco I will plant when my planter dries out some, it was sort of water logged. I had a curly and a flat parsley (organic from Whole Foods) and a basil (from Home Depot) that I planted in one pot. The only herb that I grow consistently well is oregano, my parsley and basil will probably be dead in a week. There was flat after flat of emptiness where the cilantro was supposed to be. We have a very large Mexican population here and we always run out of cilantro quickly. The fact that I can practically walk to about half a dozen really good authentic Mexican places makes me not get irritated by that. But I am trying to learn some Mexican dishes to cook myself (mostly I want to make my own tomatillo sauce, and of course I am obsessed with the spicy pickled onions) so I’d like to grow some cilantro this summer.
Then I bought six containers of red and yellow Gerber daisies and I already want more. I am also wishing I would have bought more planters at Publix when they had the pretty clay southwestern ones for ten …or was it twenty bucks each. Speaking of planters, if you are rich, Home Depot has absolutely gorgeous hand painted large planters for $80 each. Each one is completely different and I coveted them all.
And so it begins. If you are new to TT you should be aware that I obsess about gardening for approximately three weeks and then once everything is in the ground I never want to water or weed. The planting is the fun part.
Wednesday I need to put out weed killer and grass seed before rain returns on Thursday. In fact it may rain too hard on Thursday so I’ll wait until Friday. My shrubs are over grown, my front yard as ZERO grass and all weeds, the front porch paint is peeling and there is now wet potting soil all over it.
So in order to paint the actual picture, you have to imagine a horribly overgrown yard a driveway with grass growing through the cracks (because of course grass grows THERE) and then a couple pretty pots of daisies an a couple of tomato plants. And I’m just fine with that. I’m not trying to win a neighborhood yard award in the ghetto. I just want a good tomato for a BLT in June.
Has anyone else started yet? As you know you are all required to participate in Tamara Tomato Therapy Program every summer. I have spies everywhere.