Friday, March 27, 2009

TomatoMania Has Started!!

It's been a busy couple of days...

My wife planted a bunch of tomatoes, filling out the “koi pond”. They look great, but as of now there's no identification. I do have a map of what's planted, but we need to use some popsicle sticks, write the tomato names and place them in the ground near them.

But she couldn't get to it and neither could I. We had to take apart a gazebo on the back porch before it fell into the house. We didn't get it apart, but we were able to move it onto the grass and out of harm's way for now.

Here's what I believe my wife planted yesterday, all in the “koi pond” -- Mexico, Nyagous, Gardener's Delight, Green Grape, Snow White, Kornesevsije, Oaxacan Jewel, Quedlinburger Freuhe Liebe and Jaune Coeur de Pigeon.

This morning, we went to Brent's Deli and then TomatoMania. We picked up a bunch of tomato plants when it opened. Man, TomatoMania was popular!!

My wife told me to check out the tomatoes on our list. I did, picking up a couple. But some of them weren't there. Noire Charbonneuse, Jeff Davis, Berkeley Tie Dye and Currant Red weren't anywhere to be found. But...they'll be new tomatoes on both Saturday and Sunday so it pays to go all three days!

When I met up with my wife she had a tray of tomatoes already picked out. I complained a bit, saying you asked me to look for the ones on the list, not pick new ones. Regardless, she has been taking care of them more than I am this year so far, so I pretty much accepted what she had selected.

TomatoMania was extremely busy. My wife said it was busier than last year's Friday.

I took today off from my main job, but neither I nor my wife could volunteer at TomatoMania. We were off doing other things.

We went to a couple appointments on the Westside. We came back and my wife rested, while I did chores.

I took the plants out of the back of the car and watered them.

Last night the wind had knocked a 4x4x10 piece of wood directly onto the Patio tomato. I took the post off of the tomato – but the cage absorbed the full blow, protecting the plant! The cage is a total loss, but the plant has been barely touched, if at all. A lucky break!

I did some work for a client for about 90 minutes.

I got the mail, went to a fast food place to bring food home for my wife and I, went to Green Thumb for compost and checked out the tomatoes (no Currant Red), drove to the Target nursery (nope, not there), drove to the Home Depot nursery (no luck there), then went to Trader Joe's to pick up a few things for the house.

I went home, put away the groceries, fed the cat, fed the dogs, took the trash out and took out the recycling bag.

I got my gardening gloves, a couple of eggs and thought I had time to plant two tomatoes. I started a load of laundry. When I started digging, the 7 PM church bell went off. I did have enough time to plant two tomatoes – Pierce's Pride and Italian Sweet – in the "corner office" and came in about 7:35 PM. For me, it takes about 15 minutes to plant a tomato. Put load in dryer.

I need to bring in our seedlings before the night is over.

So here we are! I'll be volunteering my help to the TomatoMania event over the weekend. I'll see you there!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's TomatoMania Weekend!

My wife purchased an heirloom tomato yesterday called Yellow Perfection. She didn't get a chance to plant it, but she did plant vegetables in the vegetable area along the south side of the back yard. Also, she cleaned up a lot of the back yard. Oh yeah, she's been the one watering the tomatoes.

Cherokee Purple may be just starting to reach for the sky.

And remember, tomorrow and this weekend is the main TomatoMania event in Encino. See you there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gave Away A Dozen Seedlings

We had a friend visit us and take a dozen of our tomato seedlings. We showed him around the front and back yard.

We had a spirited discussion over the number of tomato plants that'll be in our garden this year. I think it will be around 40 – 45 plants, but both my wife and our friend think more.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Misidentified Tomato Seedling

My wife informed me over the weekend that what we thought was Snow White is actually Garden Peach.

The tomato plants in containers are already “reaching for the sky” and growing.

Let's hope last night's wind and cold doesn't do any permanent damage to the seedlings in the ground...