Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Corner Office" Planted

My wife spent about three hours preparing the soil and planting the tomatoes in the “corner office”. She planted Indian Stripe, Creme Brulee, Husky Cherry Red(1), Husky Cherry Red(2), Neves Azorean Red, Vorlon and Porkchop.

In the back yard she put Green Doctors Kiwi and Honkin' Big Black Cherry in clay pots along with some marigolds and some Peter Pan squash.

Last night I dug a hole in the back yard, preparing it for a tomato. But it was in an area noted for asphalt. I kept pulling out pieces, taking about 20 minutes or so to complete the hole. Since the sun was setting, we added amendments to an area underneath and near our lemon tree and I began to furiously turn the dirt. I got done with the turning about 10 minutes after the sun had set.

I've been glancing at our planted tomatoes and they all look good so far.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The "Koi Pond" is Planted!

My wife planted 13 tomato plants in the "koi pond" yesterday. The 13 are listed below:

Bloody Butcher
German Orange Strawberry
Haley's Purple Comet
Persimmon (from seed, sourced from the Tomato Lady of Beverly Hills)
Paul Robeson
Black Cherry
Matt's Wild Cherry
Black Seaman
Oaxacan Jewel
Japanese Black Trifele
Golden Mama

My wife indicated it takes about 10 minutes to plant a tomato in good dirt, such as what is in the "koi pond". This is not a trivial effort on her part.

These seedlings looked quite good this morning.

If all goes well I'll prepare part of the back yard tonight.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Another busy, busy weekend...

Last Tuesday my wife planted Aunt Ruby's German Green and Speckled Roman in the cut out area of the back yard. She also replaced the Black and Brown Boar and the Berkeley Tie Dye with healthier looking seedlings. And that's the way things stayed until this weekend.

We had planned on preparing the back yard before the front yard. But the gardeners came early Saturday morning and worked in the back yard, so I worked the "koi pond". I was able to get it completely prepared. The gardeners came by and cut the buckwheat using a weed whacker. We prepared a soil amendment mixture and a few bags of soil and placed them on the dirt. I turned all the dirt in our "koi pond". My wife then watered the dirt. It looks great!

But now we were late for our next event -- attending wedding in south Orange County. We got there a little bit late. We hung around for the reception and then headed back for the long drive home. We got home around 10:30 PM.

Oh, I also placed temporary cages around the seedlings in the back yard but in so doing I split Berkeley Tie Dye down the main stem. My wife did some emergency work on the seedling and she replanted it. We hope the plant is not permanently damaged.

The next day we worked the Descanso Gardens TomatoMania event. I had too much other stuff to do but I never got around to cancelling my coming in on Sunday. So I grudgingly did it, knowing I had put off a couple of more important things to handle. For what it's worth it was a good thing I didn't cancel. The Descanso Gardens TomatoMania event was a huge success and the extra volunteers were needed. Afterwards, we visited our friends Liz and Ricardo for dinner, picked up some chicken poop for our passive compost pile as well as some fresh eggs. We got home around 9PM. I quickly handled one of the important things later that evening and went to bed as soon as I could.

I'm running on fumes this morning but everything is okay for now.