Since Sunday I have sat at my computer each night and stared at a blank "add a new post" page for this blog. I have just been too tired to type! Even though daylight is burning I want to take a few moments to share with you what has been the source of my exhaustion. So a little trip backwards in time. The above photo is from this morning of yesterdays work: weeding, thinning reseeding what was washed away by the big rain. This is the everything else garden....meaning non-tomato or potato garden...the plot is called the Big Garden. It was a great day yesterday, sunny but cool and windy so no bugs!
Saturday was WICKED hot but I was determined to get my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the ground. This is a newish Garden I call Pond View Garden.
This year I am planting most of my tomatoes with plastic. I would like to get away from plastic for environmental and cost reasons. So I am experimenting with some tomatoes planted in winter rye as suggested in an Organic Gardening Magazine Article: http://rodaleinstitute.org/2012/growing-vegetables-with-cover-crop-mulch/ I'll keep you posted how it goes for me here in Maine.
Some of tomato planting "secrets" include adding a scoop of worm castings and eggshells with each plant. This year I forgot to save my shells but had an overabundance of duck eggs so each tomato got a cracked egg!
I started very early in the morning Saturday in order to beat the heat but since it is a tomato patch it was FULL sun....by 1:00 PM I was done in more ways than one! The next day I was not well...sun poisoning I call it! So I stayed inside and puttered about not being very productive. By Monday I felt much better but still stayed out of the gardens~~we had a nice gentle rain~~perfect! Fortunately, my seedlings all managed the transplanting just fine despite the heat! Was blessed with a beautiful sunset on Monday evening! Back to work now...a "bit" more to do out there before tomorrows rain and this weekend's GRADUATION of my boyo!