We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am putting mine in the ground today, after using my car as a greenhouse for a couple of weeks. I have 6 varieties this time. Always those Sweet Million cherry tomatoes, and always the classic Beefsteaks, even though they aren't ready around here until mid-late August. Still worth it for a few weeks of them. Some yellows. No plum tomatoes - the canned are fine with me if they are going to be cooked anyway.
Nope--like you, the plan is to do them today. I started them from seed--Heritage types. So far they look pretty strong. Have to plant them in pots here, so we are lucky to get two good plants a summer.
yep, also planted this weekend. 4 plants/3varieties. In large tree pots on our patio. Since I planted raspberries in the veggie bed a couple of years ago the vegetables/herbs have to go somewhere else. (Love those berries almost as much as the tomatoes! The golden ones are the best....right up there with homegrown beefstakes)
Apple Pie- try the tomato cages from Gardeners Supply, they are awesome for large tomato pots...do not tip over in the wind and look pretty good too.
My husband is cooking this year and the peppers should be an interesting addition to our heartburn and reflux....probably worth it though. Love this time of year!
Last week planted 6 beefsteak and 6 sweet million cherries also, plus an Heirloom Brandywine, and a yellow grape type in a pot, plus four Early Girls just to have some sooner. Have some pink Czech heirloom I got from another local gardener in a pot on the deck. Still hunting for a flame yellow, pink orange heirloom variety I can't find this year.
Then tomorrow am planting an heirloom yellow midseason variety, some Better Boys. May have to replace all as the sunniest spot with the richest soil gets badly flooded by tidal pond. Sometimes the veggies there survive, sometimes not. I have a reserve supply to replant quickly if necessary (it doesn't usually flood more than once, mid May).
M'Lady and I have yet to plant the heirloom tomatoes she raised from seed. We're still getting frost here in Ohio. We expect to grow enough plants to fulfill our kitchen's yearly tomato sauce requirements and then some.
While we've been on hold with the tender veggies we have watched the cherry and apple trees blossom and set fruit. The strawberries also look awesome. We can't wait for them to ripen next month, though I'm not sure how many will make it to the kitchen. Somehow, I expect to find M'Lady seated in the middle of the patch with a mischievous grin on her face.
That's why we always plant three times more than we need - a third for the critters, a third because “stuff” happens and a third for us. In a funny way, it seems to work out.
Besides, if the critters decide to take more than their share M'Lady has no compunction about removing her side by side from the gun cabinet. That would be trouble those “birds, squirrels, mice, and chipmunks” have not known.