May 6, 2010: Hurry Up, Warm Up!
Annie and Otto spent a good part of Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning barking at the "ghost" in the garden. We'd done our best to cover the tomatoes, in this bed and behind the shed, with sheets. It was impossible to get this big tomato structure under cover, but we did what we could and none of them froze. The smaller tomatoes were covered with milk jugs or left uncovered, and everything lived through the frigid nights except one basil plant. Tonight is supposed to be our final night of possible freezing temperatures, and by Saturday we're supposed to get back to near normal.
I want to give DaBeardedOne a special "thank you". As soon as he read that I was worried about my tomato plants freezing, he emailed me with the offer of two of his floating row covers. By then we already had the sheets on the plants, so I didn't take him up on his offer, but wasn't it nice of him! He's such a sweetheart. In the past, he's also offered to build an extra bed or two at his place for me to plant my excess tomatoes and peppers, as well as a spot for me to compost, since I really haven't much room for a pile here. So thank you, David...I'm happy to have you as a friend.
Warm weather can't come too soon for the tomatoes that are still waiting to be planted. Aren't they lovely? Much nicer than last year's plants that nearly died from being over fertilized. These got nothing but a weak fish emulsion (1 Tbsp. in 2 gallons of water) every two weeks. Thats a 36-oz. coffee container for size comparison, so you can see about a foot of stem will be buried at planting time.
The pepper plants are all doing well, too. Many of them have already been planted in containers, but I have a dozen of the large red bell peppers waiting to be planted in the garden, and quite a few to be given away or planted in the neighbor's little garden.
This is how I wrenched my back! That big tote, the laundry basket and the black pots are all quite heavy, especially right after the plants have been watered. I'd already moved the basket and pots into the shed, and bent down to pick up the tote full of tomato plants....that was what did me in. That's why Mr. Granny is in charge of them now.
I got my Washington Enhanced Driver's License today, so I can now get back out of Mexico! For those who weren't following my blog last January, you can read about Granny and the Border Patrol here.