No just a silly gardener pushing the season on her tomatoes!
Not wanting to miss out on the excellent heirloom tomato varieties that are available right now (but gone a month from now when it is warm enough for your tomatoes to really thrive) , I went ahead and bought these silly looking little water filled tee-pees to protect my tomatoes and peppers. I am hoping these, combined with the warm soil from the sun shining on the galvanized metal containers and the black pottery, will really get them off to a good start. It all looks a little clean and clinical right now but hopefully it will be a happy green jungle soon!
Last year our neighbors to the south of us cut down a big beautiful Photinia hedge, or more of a wall really, along the side of our drive way. This opened up the south side of our house to sun…lots of afternoon sun flooding our dive right next to the house and kitchen door. We hated to see the Photinia go, but making lemonade out of lemons decided this was an excellent place to plant veggies! They will all have to be container veggies though as this area is completed paved over.
On my list: tomatoes, peppers, corn (special request from the husband, from Nebraska), peas, radishes, baby carrots and lots of arugula and mixed greens. Herbs include mint for Mojito’s (above...doesn't it just look like summer!) and, once it gets a little warmer, tons of basil. I am a little nervous about this. I’ve grown all these before in the ground in a past garden (minus the corn) but not in containers. I’ve made a good soil mix and since I will walk past them at least twice a day everyday they’ll be sure to get lots of water. We have a neighbor down the street who is doing this all in a parking strip planter box. So far things look quite successful for her. I am afraid that I’m getting a late start for the greens and peas, probably the carrots too, but better late than never, right? Anyone have any helpful hints for me?