|Don't Try this at Home, Kids|
Starting Tomatoes and Culinary Poppies
I’ve always loved digging in the dirt, how about you? Were you the kid with perpetual dirt stains on your knees, mixing mud of various consistencies for different “baked” treats…mudpies and their ilk? Or “stucco” a wall with mud? Did you ever use the hose to add water to your sandbox to get the sand to stick together so you could make something? If so, you have great potential as a gardener. Just loving plants is not enough. There’s no getting around the dirt factor. You have to be okay with getting dirt on your hands, clothes, and places you wouldn’t imagine dirt might go.
|How Does One Motivate a Tomato to Grow?|
|Frugal Tip: Fill Barrel 1/3 with Rocky/Well|
Drained Garden Soil, 2/3 with Potting Soil
So I gave as many as I could a new lease on life by replanting them in a nearby bed. Never mind that there’s less sunlight in the new location and they’re sun-loving plants. Never mind that it took an extra hour to turn over the bed and add soil conditioners, and longer than I cared to count to gingerly dig up and replant each poppy. Never mind that I can’t remember what else might come up in that bed in the summer (this is our second summer here), and three-foot-tall poppies might not be compatible with them. And never mind that after all that, there were still extra poppies for which I had to…ummm…shorten their lifespan. At least I gave some of them a chance. I need to read again why thinning plants is necessary.
|Some of the Relocated Seedlings|