The plants have been in the ground for about a week and they are all still alive! Even the cilantro. I need to cook something that calls for cilantro soon because it is only a matter of time before it croaks on me. All five of my tomato plants have blooms! Even the pink brandywine that drew the short straw and got the pot with the least amount of sun.
I haven’t made it to the store to buy a new hose and have been watering with two gallon jugs. Right now with the mild weather, two gallons a day is enough for all the plants. It will probably take at least four once it gets hotter and the plants mature. I am also thinking that measured water will help with consistent watering which will make it less likely that the fruit will crack.
My cheat plant is doing the worst of all of them. In fact it is the only one having a problem. The other day I notices that the leaves on the bottom branches had turned white in places. So I picked them off. That is usually the beginning of fatal problem. The more fragile heirloom plants are thriving. It’s so weird that the cheat plant is being difficult since it is in the best pot and the best dirt and in the best location.
Banjo gets a raw egg in his dogfood most nights and I have been rinsing out the shells and sprinkling them in a circle around the plants. I’m also spreading coffee grounds in a ring around the base of the plant too to keep the hornworms at bay.
Even with this great weather we have been having, I am still struggling to make myself water. Somehow I always manage to get it done. I’m climbing out of the hole, but it is deeper than I realized and taking more time than I expected. But I’m still clawing my way out.
Oh and I think I found an almond tree. The houses on my street don’t have houses behind us. There is I two foot wide strip of land where the power lines are for the street behind us. That strip of land also has a ditch for rain water. All kinds of things grow there. The other day I saw this spindly little tree with fruit that looks like a fuzzy green almond. I’m pretty sure it’s an almond tree. I should know by August. I have a chestnut tree and a pecan tree but the three dozen or so squirrels that own my backyard never let me have any. Perhaps they don’t know about the almond tree. We shall see.
Oh and one of my two fairly unreliable yard boys showed up at 9 am yesterday to work in the yard. Nine am! He is supposed to come back and paint my porch and do some pruning soon. Hopefully at a more reasonable hour.
How is your planting going? Tell me some good news.