(a Weekly Top Shot entry)
|A young tomato plant.|
|Tomatoes in the making.|
This year I'm working in advance to cut my losses. I'm told the most important rule to follow is to not plant before Mother's Day. Well, I'm planting ON Mother's Day because I'll be at work during the week and the plants are getting too large for their pots on the deck. And I really don't think we'll be having any more frost. One day better not matter. I've added new top soil and even mixed in some cow manure and humus. This I did on a day when the congestion from my head cold was at its peak so the only people that may have 'suffered' might have been the neighbors if the wind was blowing in the right direction. For a final step, I've been told to put down some newspapers and cover that with mulch. This should keep down the weeds and keep the soil moist during dry periods. And I'm using the NY Times so I'm hoping for a 'liberal' crop.
|A hanging basket of cherry tomatoes for the deck.|
Do you recall Ouiser Boudreaux, Shirley MacLaine's character in the movie Steel Magnolias, and her tomato crop? Am I turning into a 'Ouiser?' I wonder if she went through all this trouble? Oh boy!
|The 2009 harvest....even cucumbers were abundant that year.|
Happy Mother's Day!