Friday, April 3, 2009

A Long Day...

Best I can tell, here's what happened in our garden this morning...

My wife went off to run some errands. When she came back, our neighbor dropped by and both of them went in to the back yard for a few minutes. They came out front and realized something was wrong with the tomato plants. My wife thought that the plants had gone into shock from the fish emulsion and immediately began to water them in order to dilute the emulsion. But it was soon discovered that this wasn't the fish emulsion. Someone had bent over and simply broken the stems on most of the tomato seedlings. At the moment of that realization, my wife's parents dropped by to visit.

Black Zebra survived and so did Husky Cherry Red. One or two of the seedlings survived, but that was all. Everything else was broken. Sad to say the least.

In the afternoon, my wife bought Green Zebra and Cherokee Purple at Green Thumb. We had backups for the seedlings we raised as well as Jaune Flamme.

By dinner, my wife had replanted all the tomato seedlings in the “koi pond”. We replaced Italian Sweet with Mong, Berkeley Tie Dye with Paul Robeson, Turkish Striped Monestary with Japanese Black Trifele, Pierce's Pride with Red Currant.

Later on this evening there was an incident at the house catty corner to us. The people living there had no intention of paying the mortgage, rented out the rooms, and partied over the weekends. In general, they were trouble. Today, a notice of trustee sale was posted on the door, for April 23. During the evening, teenagers showed up with beer and were going to party at the house. But the cops came quickly before the party really got started and the kids ran in all directions. Three of them were caught and their parents came and got them.

So are the two incidents related? Perhaps and then again, perhaps not.

Our neighbor may have a Turkish Striped Monestary, so we may be able to make a trade of seedlings if she has it. But there appears to be little hope for turning up another Italian Sweet, Pierce's Pride or Berkeley Tie Dye.


Randy Jean said...

Use the advanced search on my clients site to see if they are handling the trustee sale:

melancholy donut said...

gawd, why are some people so freaking mean? im so sorry about what happened!!

Elizabeth said...

So sorry to hear about this vandalism. Hopefully they are caught! Thanks for doing this blog, totally inspired me to plant my own heirlooms!

Bill Anderson said...

(Thanks for doing this blog, totally inspired me to plant my own heirlooms!) -- Thank you!