After my pumpkin adventure it was time to plant my tomatoes. I could plant only half because this moody year kept some of my tomatoes from growing and they were too small to transplant them. I'm hoping that with some sunny days they will be ready in a week.
This year I planted 42 varieties of tomatoes, 6 determinate ones, 7 vigorous ones and the rest are indeterminate. I'm not sure about the amount of the tomatoes in each variety because in some pots I had 4 seedlings, in some just one so I did some pot transplanting, but I hope I will have enough poles for this years tomatoes.
I've planted many new varieties to test them, I have some old ones that proved excellent for my climate, and some that I absolutely adore for their taste(like DeBarao and Black seaman)
In fear of lacking planting space I planted lettuce and cabbages between tomatoes. I'm hoping that tomatoes will give them much needed shade in hot days. I've also sown some borage between tomatoes to keep the diseases away and give more taste to my tomatoes, not that we need better taste...when sunny summer hits us tomatoes are always tasty.
Planting was done like every year, dig a hole, add some bunny manure, place tomatoes inside, sprinkle with crushed egg shells and cover with soil, get up move to next tomatoes and sit back down...I've perfected the sitting down planting technique this year, with my sore foot I'm always searching for ways not to stand much, now if I could only find a way to dig while sitting down that would be great :D
After the planting all that was left was to drag watering can around in almost completely dark garden. By the time I have finished planting it was already 9pm. I always water well the pots before transplanting and the soil immediately after they are in ground. That way with a decent rain I don't have to water my seedlings after transplanting them.
And indeed I won't have to water them because rain came today. It's raining since early morning. Although I feared we'd get a thunderstorm this rain came very calmly and in decent amounts. 20 liters in less than 12 hours is just what we needed.
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