I can has tomato?
Now, you could be forgiven for thinking I’ve taken up artistically arrangement of my recycling, but this picture is actually the early phase of a deck jungle.
Here we have three each Black Krim and Mountain Princess tomatoes, two Tomatilloes and one Jalapeño. And two pots of Calendula waiting to be hung up somewhere. The Black Krims and the Tomatilloes are vines, so hopefully by August they’ll be pretty much covering that section of wall. Yum.
The little seedlings were seriously outgrowing their toilet paper roll starter pots so on Friday I plunked them into their final vessels along with peat moss, perlite, manure, compost and bone meal. However, the weather turned inconveniently cold since then, with night time temperatures far below that which tomato (and tomatillo and jalapeno) plants need to thrive. As my collection of lovely antique cloches is merely a wishful figment of my imagination, I scrounged through (yes) our recycling bin for various glass & plastic jars & bottles to give the wee plantlings their own private greenhouses.
The zinnias got no such special treatment. They’ll just have to get tough.
And of course Pye was there to oversee all of it. She’s so helpful.