This afternoon, I was able to finish my planting for the season.
I did everything in two blocks of activity. Block one was planting the corn (28 holes with three seeds each), the remaining bell peppers, and digging the holes for the tomatoes. Block two was planting the tomatoes and watering with the Miracle-Gro feeder sprayer. Now that the hardest part of the job is done, I can relax a little.
I’ll be watering daily and periodically updating as things develop. Including those pictures I promised and failed to take. But hey…I was exhausted.
Anyway, I’m eager to see what the plant food does to promote growth. And to watch the corn start coming up. But for now, it’s just a matter of anticipation.
Got all but 6 tomatoes, 4 bell peppers, and the corn planted. Shouldn’t be more than an hour or so to finish phase 2 (planting). Very excited. Also very tired. Sleep now…
Leigh and the boys have gone to visit her brother and his little girl, giving me some time to go hard at finishing the planting in peace. It’s been a little bumpy, though.
The main issue I’ve run into was poor planning in selecting my plot location. About 40% of it is simply not going to get enough light due to tree branches that are much too high up for me to do anything about. So I’ve had to improvise.
First of all, there are going to be a few more plants given away.
Second, I’m moving the hot peppers to the small, bricked in plot near the house, where I had the Sweet Million last year.
Finally, I’m being a lot more discriminating in which plants I’m using. There are some that are of questionable viability, so they’re getting dumped.
On the bright side, I found a zucchini squash plant I’d forgotten I’d grabbed and got a set of crookneck squash and a multitude of bell peppers planted. Now it’s time to shower, do some stuff around the house, then go back out later to try and finish up.
Well, it’s getting closer. I didn’t get to leave work as early as I’d hoped, but I still managed to get four more tomato plants and all of my cucumber vines into the ground. I still have all of the peppers (bell and hot), more tomatoes, the watermelons, and the corn.
Bugs were out again tonight, but the bug spray kept them from bothering me much. Just a couple of bites.
I’m definitely starting to see some growth from the plants. I’m curious to see what the Miracle-Gro will do when I spray that. Keeping my fingers crossed.
More and pictures tomorrow.
Slowly but surely, I’m getting the plants into the ground. I got six more planted today, bringing the grand total to 17. The plants added today were the Red Beefsteak, a Bradley, the Big Beef, the Rutgers, a Mortgage Lifter, and a Husky Cherry Red.
If this experience has shown me anything, it’s that I need to work on my cardio. I’m getting winded pretty quickly when I’m digging. But hey, at least I’m not suffering through horrible back and shoulder pain.
I definitely need to redo my garden map. I screwed up the scale something fierce and now can’t figure out how much room I have left.
I definitely need to put on some bug spray tomorrow and over the weekend. The mosquitoes weren’t out yesterday, but they were out with a vengeance today.
Starting to see some new blossoms on the plants that were already in. I’m watering every day while the planting continues, then I’ll be following up with the first plant food spraying. Then I expect to see things start to accelerate.
That’s all for tonight.
I got seven more plants into the ground today. That makes eleven tomato plants in the plot and caged: 2 Husky Cherry Reds, Black Cherry, Mr. Stripey, Early Girl, Mortgage Lifter, Sweet 100, Black Krim, Amelia, and Bonnie Select. I should have another 4+ planted tomorrow and again on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will see the rest in the ground.
The corn is going to be time consuming, but hopefully worthwhile. I’m already drooling at the thought of fresh corn and tomatoes.
One thing I know for sure: ensuing seasons will be easier to plant than this one. Further tilling and the mixing in of dead vegetable matter will improve the soil quality (there’s a lot of clay about 3 inches below the surface) and help get rid of the roots I keep hitting. Fortunately, my pocket knife has a serrated blade.
Anyway, that’s all for tonight.
I’ve decided to ditch the full plant list update and just include the new plants that didn’t make the original list.
Tomatoes (18 total varieties)