Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Crippled Tomatoes and Summery Flowers

So apparently this is what happens when you transplant tomatoes outside in the middle of April without hardening them off:


In spite of their forced acclimation to the outdoors, this one has decided to bloom! Poor confused thing:

I stopped by the garden after work yesterday to check on everything. I think the tomatoes will survive, they just went through a little bit of climate shock, but weren't actually frosted. I took the reemay off the broccolis and cabbages and now the tomato cages are wrapped up in it (should have done that when I transplanted them), so hopefully that will help them adjust a little more. Warmer weather on the way though- it's supposed to be 88 degrees on Sunday! 

All the early crops are thriving, and I'm so excited to shift more away from buying produce and towards eating my own homegrown veggies. 


Snow peas!



Just as exciting (maybe more?) as all the veggies are the flowers! I love having various types of flowers interspersed throughout my plot, and with the recent warm weather, they've all burst out into blossom and are making me feel like it's summer already. Calendula, chamomile and comfrey- how's that for some alliteration?

Not only are they lovely to look at, but they are excellent for bringing in pollinators. The bees love the comfrey in particular. I love having fresh flowers on my table, but now I have to figure out if I can transport cut flowers two miles in my bike bag without damaging them...nothing to do but try it!

1 comment:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Hurray for you. Good food to eat and lovely flowers to enjoy also.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady