Forgive me gardeners for I have sinned. It is has been 35 days since my last confession.
Today I picked two tomatoes from the cheat plant that I bought at the end of March. They are of good size and almost ripe. They are generally not that great tasting but still better than stored bought crap. I haven’t tried them yet.
The first sin I committed with this plant was I took it out of its pot, with its own cage and planted it in my much larger post filled with fresh new dirt for the most part. Everything was going fine. We were getting plenty of rain. Six to eight fruits appeared and grew quickly. I forget what kind of crappy hybrid this year’s cheat plant is, but it grows clusters of tomatoes kind of like the photo above. Remember, I have no cell phone or functioning digital camera, so the photos here are never mine. Plus if it were my plant the bottom leaves would be yellow and dead from the damn fungus.
This is particularly perplexing because the cheat plant’s benefit is that is a hybrid (GMO) that is bred to be hardier than heirloom varietals. And because the fungus comes from the dirt, and this plant was put in a pot with most, perhaps all, fresh dirt. Usually, in this situation, these plants look like hell and produce fruit in small quantities anyway.
The other sin, and this one is worse, is that I planted it in the huge pot at the end of my front doorstep. That is where the sungolds go. The good news is that I found some sun golds at Kroger this week and planted one today. It’s not in a prime location though. I should probably buy another one. I like to throw them in all my summer dishes.
My plants for 35 days ago are all alive, and showing no signs of distress. They also show very little growth. I don’t think we have had enough sun lately. It seems to rain all the time. It hasn’t gotten above 70 in the last couple of days. It’s 65 and raining right now. I still have one plant from that sale, the most expensive one, which is some kind of flower with white blooms if I recall correctly that needs planting.
I am hoping that the yellow “brandywine” is not a brandywine at all and the yellow pear I thought I was buying.
I spent about 15 minutes “gardening” today before I had to quit because I was out of breath and my back was killing me. I need to do some sort of cardio training for gardening season. Sitting on my ass all day has made me beyond out of shape and into “needs physical therapy to return to normal activities” status.
My peppers are either doing nothing or have a single bloom. I also planted rutabaga. I do not know how rutabaga growing works. Any ideas? I love rutabaga. Also, I planted lettuce. How does that work. It looks ready to eat to me. Do I just snip it and eat it? Will it keep growing more leaves? Also does anyone know what to do with “basil lettuce”? Or maybe it is lettuce basil?”
So what is going on in your garden?