Saturday, April 7, 2012

Planted 14 Tomato Seedlings

On Thursday my wife planted Redfield Beauty, Chinese Tea, Nyagous, Berkeley Tie-Dye and Specked Roman(1) in the "corner office" in the front yard.

On Friday my wife planted Kellogg's Breakfast in the "corner office". She planted Ella's Pink Plum, SunGold, Black and Brown Boar, Oaxacan Jewel, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Speckled Roman(2) and Olga's Round Yellow Chicken Egg in the "koi pond" in the front yard.

Today we transferred Ella's Pink Plum to a container and replaced it with Noire Charbonneuse.

Also, I took out last year's SunSugar. It had done well during the winter cold but the March cold snap had put a mottled color on many of the leaves. The plant actually had a dozen or so tomatoes on it. Had it not suffered from the March cold snap we might have left it in. But I pulled it today.

I emptied three large pots and mixed it with some remaining compostable dirt. Then I refilled these pots and distributed them throughout the back yard.

Earlier this week my wife made a third raised bed in the backyard using some of our cinder blocks piled up on the side of the house, added compostable dirt and has planted. We're in the process of replacing our second raised bed with more of these cinder blocks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Back Online

I'm sorry for being away for so long. My wife and I spent 10 days in Hawaii, whereupon the video card on my laptop appeared to die. After landing, it took a couple of days to get it to my hardware guy. So far, so good. But it took over three weeks before it came back. I'm downloading a month's worth of email as I type this.

Some notables: My wife planted two Husky Cherry Red tomatoes on February 23 or Feburary 24. But nothing since. We're late planting tomatoes as well!

I did two days at the TomatoMania event in Encino and two at the Descanso Gardens these past two weekends. My wife had the same schedule, but also worked Friday at the West LA event at the VA hospital.

The remaining pile of dirt finally went away last week. My wife is preparing a raised bed with some cinder blocks and brought the dirt in the back yard.

From mid-November to late February I was commuting to Orange County on a consulting contract. That ended in lieu of an opportunity in Agoura Hills. No more commute! But for technical reasons the tomato blog updates will probably get more spotty this year. We'll see how it goes.