The first year we moved in, we had fellows redoing the lower deck, fellows installing a heat pump, fellows replacing the siding, fellows working on the well, and fellows painting the outside of the house. Somehow, it just seemed better to stay inside and out of their way.
With all that work, we put gardening on a back burner, and settled for some cherry tomatoes on the deck. Last year, you may remember, we moved tons of man-made stones to make two planting beds and had abysmal luck with our garden.
I thought maybe it was time to enjoy the best of both worlds. We could still grow cherry tomatoes for snacking on the deck and grow a few sauce tomatoes in the garden. So last week at the annual FFA plant sale, I picked up some plants, and on Wednesday I added a few more from the hardware store.
Between me and the MR, the cherry tomatoes were all potted up, but they needed some support.
Now, if something’s going to take up real estate on the deck where I have to look at it, it’s gotta be cute. So I picked up a few shiny purple cages, and now our cherry tomatoes are set.
In the past, we’ve had the pots out on the edge of the deck, but strong winds have wreaked havoc. This sight makes me crazy.
With those taken care of, that still left the sauce tomatoes to be planted. Sounds easy, right?
Well, I had a plan. Back at our last house, I’d grown gigantic tomatoes planting them out early and using Wall O Water season extenders. I know it’s May, but the weather around here is capricious at best. Last week it was in the 80’s; and this week, it’s in the 50’s. Overnight lows are in the 40’s, and these heat-lovers would just stop growing if I put them outside unprotected.
Wall O Water are plastic rings made up of individual tubes that you simply fill with water. The water picks up heat throughout the day and keeps the plant warm at night. The one problem was the lack of a spigot down by the garden. The MR put in sprinklers last year, but we don’t have a tap anywhere near it.
That’s OK. With Baby Girl’s help, I came up with a plan: run the hose off the deck, fill a tub with water, and then carry it in a watering can back and forth to the tomatoes over, and over, and over again.
You may be wondering why I didn’t just fill up the Wall O Waters and carry them to the plants. Well, they’re quite heavy and unwieldy and could smash the plants if I wasn’t careful. That’s past experience talking.
Anyways, After a lot of back and forth, I planted the tomatoes, supported the Wall O Waters with garden stakes, and filled them with water.
Now we just have to hope for sunshine and wait for those tomatoes that taste of summer and home.
Are your tomatoes in? Ever used Wall O Waters?
The dogs can’t understand why I’d want to take pictures of plants when they’re around.