Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Last week's temperatures were so different one day to the next. Friday I had to work at the nursery and it was in the upper 80's if not 90 by the end of the day. Saturday was wet and cold. About a 30 degrees difference in the two days.
Thursday of last week I started to plant my garden. First I had to test my drip system for leaks. It was sure a test of my patience. I would fix the broken emitters, run a test and then several more would blow their little tops. So now I may have them all fixed but who knows until I run the system again.
I planted 19 of the 31 tomatoes that are going out in the big garden. Thursday as well. I tilled a trench down as deep as I could and laid all the lovely tomato plants down on their sides and covered them with soil. This will provide the tomatoes with lots of nice roots to help carry water and nutrition to the fruits. Now I just have to wait.
My plan for feeding all the veggie plants was to use a syphon system. One end of the syphon hose would go into a bucket with liquid fertilizer and then draw it into the drip system and feed it to the plants. Seems these syphons had a flaw and the company is working on them. This is what the nursery told me but there may be more kinds out there. I just need to look.
The rain this weekend kept me from planting the rest of the garden and it would have been perfect to plant since it was so cool. It was to wet and our soil is gummy when it is wet so you just don't want to mess with it until it drys out more.
I guess Sunday will be the next time I can get out and finish planting it all. I hope to recruit my husband in this task as well. I should then be able to lay down the newspaper layers and then the mulch with his help at the same time.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Several weeks ago I transplanted all my tomatoes into larger pots. Most of them went into 1 gallon pots or at least until I ran out of them. By doing this I am establishing a stronger plant. I placed the seedling into the bottom of the pot and added potting soil. All along that stem will be nice new roots. I still haven't had a chance to plant in the garden yet. I wasn't able to get the drip system tested and repaired before we went on a 4 day trip so I moved everything out of the greenhouse on to the covered deck. Gave them a good drink and hoped for the best.
I am so glad I did not plant before we left because Sunday night/Monday morning we got one heck of a storm. So with the hail and high winds my plants were saved. Unfortunately the garden soil is still very wet making planting impossible. I am keeping my fingers crossed I can plant early next week. They are predicting rain again over Saturday night/Sunday morning.
Thank goodness for those 1 gallon pots.