Welcome to week three of the spring gardening season on TT. If you haven’t started it’s not too late! At least get a cheat plant (the kind that come with flowers or even fruit already) and plop it in your yard, deck, patio or balcony!
This week I went to try to get new tires but the line was long so I ended up at the Dollar Store to buy squirt bottles and WalMart to buy parsley, basil, marigolds and I ended up with a San Marzano tomato plant as well. Things got busy on the site, and I didn’t have time to plant them until today.
A couple of nights ago we had a rain shower in the after noon and I put the new guys out on the front porch for a drink. Yesterday I noticed that something was already trying to eat the basil. I had purchased marigolds for the tomato plants to ward off whatever was eating them So today I put out some marigold companion plants around the tomatoes and the peppers. I’m also spraying all the plants with soapy water with a bit of red pepper flakes. This seems to have solved the white fly problem with the tomatoes and my cheat plant is going like gang busters. I have four fruits set and lots of blooms. All in all my tomatoes are doing pretty good. My Golden Jubilee is planted in the middle of an over planted bulb garden and seems to be struggling for nutrients. But over all the tomatoes are better this week.
It’s the peppers that are getting eaten now. I just sprayed them again and hopefully a daily spray will keep the leave eaters away. Marigolds stink so that is the theory with everyone getting a marigold.
The herbs are being temperamental. The stupid cilantro is already trying to bolt. So I am pinching it. I have figured out it likes more water than I thought. I pulled some oregano out of a pot needed for other things and put in a put sitting in the back of the bulb garden. I didn’t really plant it properly so I tried to compensate by over watering. Not sure it will make it but I have other oregano plants in the big tomato pots that are thriving. Just like the oregano my chives came back on their own. I don’t think I have ever used chives in cooking, but they are out there should I need any.
I had to split my gardening in two separate outing today. It’s finally getting hot and digging a hole for the new tomato and running the new hose across the front of the house twice because I am too stupid to install a hose was exhausting. I may go back out and spray the soapy water on the plants again later.
But first, I’ve got bacon in the oven for a BLT. Bacon was half price at Publix the other day and yesterday I went and bought bread and lettuce, and vine ripe tomatoes. It costs like $20 to get all the stuff for my BLT! I did also get cheese and a yellow bell pepper. Last night’s 10pm sandwich was delicious. I am looking forward to another. Then after a few big glasses of green tea, it might be time for some rosé.
What’s going on in your garden?
PS. Radchick, and my other Imposters buddies. I am going to try to get to that soon. Hopefully tonight. Sorry for the delay, I can’t wait to see what happened. I just haven’t had time to watch and the nature of things I was reporting on this weekend has been affecting my sleep. I haven’t forgotten you!