I’m in the land of the giant tomato plants this morning. Actually, these guys are happily thriving under their grow light – now several weeks old and due for a repotting, the seedlings are about 2-3 inches tall and getting their second leaves (not counting the cotyledons). Their flat neighbors are peppers and lettuce. The lettuce will get planted out next week and the peppers will take up the space after the transplanting day. This is a canning and preserving summer, so I really want a lot of tomatoes and peppers.
Not seen here is a flat with cucumbers, Swiss chard, butternut squash, and Casper pumpkins – just ’cause I like ‘weird’ plants. The cukes look like giants compared to the whispy chard seedlings, who just poked their ‘noses’ up out of the seedling mix today.
Rhubarb! Yay! What more do I need to say about this? They share a bed with black and red currants and a Veteran peach (seen in his winter wrap, which I haven’t taken off yet).
The blueberry flowers are about to pop, too. The seemingly empty plot behind this plant is full of blueberry plants of various varieties. This diversity gives us enough blueberries to nibble at all summer, beginning in July. The metal tubs at the other side of the yard are planted with ever-bearing strawberries, which do the same thing (if we get to the fruit before the chipmunks do).
Our kitty, Julius – a.k.a. the gardening supervisor – is helping inspect the blueberries. He was talking up a storm when he came out to see what I was doing, but went quiet when I pressed the video record button on my camera. So, no video this time. Maybe in the future, when I get more than my own plaintive voice calling him to get his attention. He’s often following me around, commenting on my work, and protecting me from my hand tools while I’m out in the garden. He’s a big “help”.