|Cherry tomatoes by bucklava|
The garden is progressing but not as I had planned. I planted sweet pepper and eggplant seed in two beds and not one seed sprouted. I have never had this happen. By the time I realized that the only thing going to sprout were weeds, it was too late to reseed. I bought susbstitute plants at my local nursery( the plants I was carrying went I fell). They had no eggplant. I have planted two sweet peppers, two squash plants, two kinds of basil and two kinds of parsley. I have purple sage, lavender and mint in my side garden, in the ground among pots of cereus, pencil plant, and sanseveria. My lavender always dies: I think from too much water. The side garden drains well and is dry. I put the mint near the bird bath on the ground so it will get more water.
|My garden May 1|
My tomatoes are growing well and all have now set fruit. This is the last year I grow Celebrity. because it does not perform well for me. Celebrity was the last to set fruit. We are already sampling the Sungold tomatoes and the Sweet 100's. Ojo Bonito is loaded with green tomatoes. The plants have been attacked by small, black worms that eat the leaves. I have instituted a daily search and destroy ( actually, look and squish). So far, I am winning. The Brandywine was the first tomato attacked by these nefarious critters.
My main concern now is the ferocity of our spring storms. I lost my car windshield to hail in 2008. We had our first storm last week; this was also our first rain since I put in my tomatoes in early March. Hail warnings were abundant, but the storm that came through my area had no hail and lots of rain., over two inches. That really was a miracle. This part of Texas is in a severe drought which continues. One line of storms is not enough., but at least I will not need to water for a while.
|Sungold tomatoes by tvol|
The garden is my escape from reality. Whether I harvest much or not, I will reap peace and renewal.