It’s a damp day here in Anchovy-town. A steady blend of mist and drizzle has been falling all day. This will at least give the gardens a great boost. Today was a day for working around the house and believe me, and I have plenty of jobs I’ve been dodging and procrastinating to choose from.
Happily, I managed to do quite a bit of work cleaning up the gardens the other day before the rain. I planted three of my tomato plants this morning. I’ll wait until the long weekend for the rest. Usually the long weekend in May is considered the safe time to plant tomatoes when all danger of frost has passed and nights warm up.
My father used to go to some lengths to ensure early tomatoes. He’d start his seeds indoors under lights. Then he would “harden them off” outside using a crude cold-frame warmed by a light bulb. For me, I’ll just be happy to get a few tomatoes from the backyard. I think the sunlight is marginal here for a good tomato crop. Back at the old place, we didn’t have a huge garden, but we got plenty of sun and we had a huge tomato crop every year. Removing an old apple tree last year opened the canopy up some and growing some veggies this year is my folly.