I woke up this morning and decided it was going to be a totally terrific Tuesday. I was kind of sore, kind of headachy, and kind of blah, but I didn’t want to let that hold me back, so I didn’t.
I got up, got dressed, drank coffee and went out to the garden. Yesterday I planted twelve new cucumbers, but I gave out before I could do all the finishing up that I usually do. This morning I went out and sprinkled ground eggshell on all of the new mounds that will be my lovely cucumber plants soon.
I checked the new melons, they’re happy in their new bed. The Vert Grimmpant and the Jelly Melons already have flowers on them and the White Wonder Watermelon, started from seed just four days ago, is already about two inches tall. We had a good soaking rain the night I planted the melons, followed by three days of warm sunshine, which, no doubt, is the cause for all that melon happiness. Well, that and my gorgeous black compost from last year that they’re now wallowing in. = )
Jonathan is having to mow twice a week now. He really doesn’t enjoy this task, but it’s really the only way to keep the front field manageable. Again, all that is chalked up to lot’s of rainBand loads of sunshine.
The new Four O’Clocks my neighbor shared with me are blooming. So far a pretty red one, but he assures me there are some orange and yellow as well. I enjoy my neighbor, a widower that lives in a small travel trailer with his two chihuahuas, Chi-Chi and Cha-Cha. Unfortunately, he likes to visit for long spells, exactly when I’m trying to finish up some things before the sun goes down completely. I told the Parsnip that I now intentionally add in 45 minutes of “Billy Time” when I go out in the evenings so I can at least get a portion of what was intended done. I hope someone will do the same for me when I’m old and lonely.
I’m going to start selling tomato plants this weekend, yay. If you’re in the Tyler area, plan on stopping by if you need any organically grown maters. So, this is what’s for sale at the Gunz house this week. The list right now is as follows:
- A Grappoli D’Inverno (Perfect for sun-drying)
- Caro Rich (65% more beta carotene than any other tomato)
- Container (Compact for containers)
- Matt’s Wild Cherry (Delicious Cherry)
- Principe Borghese (Paste, sauce and drying)
- Spoon (The worlds smallest tomato)
- San Marzano Lungo No. 2 (Sauce and drying)
These stay green when they are ripe!
- Aunt Ruby’s German Green (Large)
- Aunt Ruby’s German Green Cherry
- Emerald Evergreen
- Grandma Oliver’s Green
- Green Doctors (Beautiful cherry tomato)
- Green Pineapple
- Green Sausage (Paste, Sauce, Drying)
- Greenwich (Gorgeous green through and through)
- Green Zebra (Delightful green with yellow and white stripes cherry)
- Anna Russian (Gorgeous Oxheart)
- Caspian Pink (Beautiful)
- Ferris Wheel
- Flamingo (Stunning, almost neon pink)
- Mortgage Lifter Pinks
- Pearly Pink (One of my favorites)
- Pink Brandywine (A must have for every garden)
- Rosé (This is a very hardy little guy, this is the first year I have grown them, the starts are amazingly virile, I can’t wait to see the fruit)
None of the Orange, Yellow or stripes have gotten big enough for selling yet, I think there may be some ready next week.
Oh, I almost forgot I have some whites that are ready and these guys are super healthy and happy.
- Blondkopfchen (I think there are only two ready for this week) (Cherry)
- Cream Sausage (Sauce, Paste, drying)
- Great White
- Ivory Egg (Cherry)
- Snow Berry (Cherry)
- Snow White (Oxheart)
- Tomesol (Gorgeous globe fruit, purest white of all mine)
Next week I’ll have some blacks (purple really) and then of course the orange, yellow and striped should be about big enough for new gardens as well.
Oh, I wanted to say, just because I list something as sauce, paste or drying, doesn’t mean that’s the only thing they’re good for. All of them are delicious right out of the garden, in salads or used fresh. The “sausage” types just really lend themselves to great sauces, pastes and for drying, they have fewer seeds and are easy to process.
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I hope you have as terrific a Tuesday as I am. Do something paisley today!~KeriAnne