|New planted Roma|
Home I went but did not have time to plant the tomatoes that day.. Two days later I had the plot turned with added compost, fertilizer and dry leaves. I planted the three plants which were very long-stemmed and leggy.. I removed the lower stems and leaves, the dug a small trench in my plot. I laid the plant in on its side with the end curving up. I then buried the roots and stem leaving the leafy end of about ground. The stems will root and give you a good strong root system.
I planted Roma, Snow White Cherry, and Bonito Ojo in a triangular pattern..I only knew Roma as a variety. The other two were unknown.. I would look then up on the internet another day.
The next morning I went out to check all my plants and begin a new plot in which to plant some sweet pepper seeds. The first four plants were flourishing,almost double their original sizes. Two of the plants I had planted the day before looked fine, but the third, the Snow White Cherry was lying on the ground. I picked it up gingerly hoping that the stem had just been bent and could be straightened. No way. The stem had been chewed almost completely through: it snapped in my fingers. I looked at the plant nothing was on it. I checked the ground around it. There was a small black caterpillar looking particularly well fed. I heaved him into the patch of cane on the other side of the drive. Now I needed another tomato.
I returned to Central Market hoping they had some more inexpensive plants. My heart skipped a beat (not unusual, I take medicine to make my heartbeat more regular) when I saw many new tomato plants. They were bound to be more expensive than the others I had purchased. I was wrong. The new plants were still a dollar fifty. I found a tomato that I had never planted, Sungold, and bought it.
Once home, I went back to my garden. I exhumed the remains of the Snow White Cherry tomato, I dug a new hole and added more compost. The Sungold was a nice compact plant, so I did not plant it on its side. The Sungold went into the ground where the Snow White Cherry had emerged. I watered the new tomato in and went inside.
I watched the tomatoes carefully for the next few days. Nothing happened.
A new plot was needed for my peppers so I prepared a new four feet by four feet bed. My back offered only mild complaints. I watered it well and waited to turn it one more time. Two days later I finished the preparation. I planted some sweet banana peppers from seed left over from last year and some Sweet Cherry Red peppers from a new packet, all on April 3, 2011. I like sweet peppers better than any others including bell peppers..