I hope you got my reference to Keeping Up Appearances!
It feels really good to finally have some time to relax after a hectic yet exciting two weeks. I can’t figure out how to make the summer seem like it’s lasting longer than it does. There’s so much to experience and enjoy, but when I do that the more quickly it flies by. I know I’m not alone with this, right?! Savoring it all and sharing it here on my blog with you feels like a good practice. So, I have good news to share about out tomatoes after a harrowing beginning during a very cold and wet spring.
Presenting our first ripe tomato! It’s a “Sunsugar” cherry tomato hybrid growing in one of the Hamilton Marine buckets on our deck container garden. We decided to share the tomato and the gentle sweetness in those two little bites goes beyond taste. It’s flavor of victory! Our faith that our plants would make it through a very rough start wavered many times but Wayne kept nurturing and watering them anyway. I would move the buckets around the deck to follow the sun when it was being coy. We’re so overly (according to some, I’m sure) sentimental sometimes but we feel like proud parents.
These Beefsteak bucket tomatoes are particularly impressive because the plants were stunted seedlings in a raised bed close to death only a month ago. They would not grow and the leaves turned purple. I took a photo and brought it to the nursery where we bought them. Our other tomato plants were growing although much more slowly than last year. She said that the Beefsteaks looked like they suffered damage from the many wet cold nights below 50 degrees after Memorial Day. In Maine memorial Day is when it should be safe to plant your tomatoes.
She explained that the reason why our other plants, especially the deck plants were doing OK (and not thriving at that point) is that they are closer to the house which keeps them warmer. Also, the container soil is protected from the lower temps of the cold ground.
I came home with new seedlings which Wayne planted in place of the Beefsteaks. We felt bad about discarding our original “babies”. (I told you. We’re cornballs.) I suggested to Wayne that we “hospitalize” them. He brought home more buckets and good soil and placed them on the deck very close to our house in a sunny corner.
Still nothing after a week. They weren’t dead, but they weren’t growing, either. Then I got the idea to feed them, which Wayne did with tomato food powder we picked up at the local hardware store.
BOOM! Look at these babies now!
Right after we sampled our first tomato these beautiful herons flew over our house!