Seeds and dirt and magic
Tuesday May 14th 2019, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Garden

There was this big Costco planter that had gone empty. (You have to drill your own holes in the bottom. I did, way back when.)

There were these veggies I sowed in January.

Now, before you start thinking that I’m one of those bona fide gardener type people who starts things in winter like that, those were seeds I’d bought two years earlier that I finally got around to trying. I figured if I didn’t do it then, then I’d spend another whole spring procrastinating and then buying whatever leftover straggly three-pack last-chance tomato variety showed up at Costco and call it done. Again.

All those little packets of hope begged for better.

I was a little surprised at how many still came up.

I’m guessing the tomato that’s filling out that planter must be a Big Boy because it most definitely is one, dwarfing even the ones that are in the ground.

Those with the purple stems will be the Basque Blues, right? Sherlocking here.

There were a couple that were obviously more Sungold cherry tomatoes so I gave one of those away yesterday already covered in flowers and fruit, because with my 2017 one still going at it we have enough. Someone else is getting one, too.

The zucchinis were chosen because they promised not to grow to baseball-bat size. Um. When they get as long as my fingers (and I have short fingers) they yellow and shrivel and give up the ghost. I picked four nice green ones tonight that seemed to be as big as these were going to get and for the two of us, sliced not much bigger than a green onion, two each made a small serving.

Who ever grew zucchini as a garnish?

Meantime, with all the rain this winter, the Santa Rosa plum is giving us the best year it’s ever had by far.

Tonight we start in on two new winter-heavy storm systems and we’re in for some real rain. Not normal, but free water in May? We’ll take it.

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Glad someone’s garden is happy….this years constant string of storms has reduced my usually over-burdened Santa Rosa plum with about 10 pieces of fruit….

Comment by Ruth 05.14.19 @ 10:59 pm

Just how large is your yard anyway??? Hmmmm?

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 05.15.19 @ 6:41 am

The zucchini that are shriveling are likely ones that haven’t been properly pollinated – either the male flowers weren’t blooming as early as the females or the bees were kept home by rain.

I’m pretty impressed by the 2017 Sungold!

Comment by twinsetellen 05.15.19 @ 7:59 pm

If you don’t do a two-stage planting on the tomato seeds, you may get lots of plant but less fruit. They need as bit a root system as possible, so the thing is to start the seeds, let them get to a second set of leaves in height, and then re-pot up to the bottom of the first set of leaves…the newly buried stem length and leaves will turn to roots.

Unfortunately, my starting seedlings didn’t get timely attention in the middle of a family crisis, and I ended up needing to buy plants this year. I was so looking forward to the smoky varieties I had grown last year and loved. Bought a Black Krim, we’ll see how it compares.

Of course, here in the mountains I had to start the whole process much later! Enjoy. (And you can hand pollinate any squash–I had to do that when we were in WA. Learned how to do that via online helps.)

Comment by Marian J Stoddard 05.17.19 @ 8:14 am

Oops–that’s “big” root system.

Comment by Marian J Stoddard 05.17.19 @ 8:17 am

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