After not one but two unsuccessful vegetable gardens, I’m finally having some luck growing something edible! My past gardens failed because the plants weren’t getting enough sun. So, one day early this spring I sketched hourly thumbnails of our yard to show where the sun was shining. At the end of the day I could see exactly how many hours of sun we were getting and where. Our sunniest area turned out to be right next to the street, where we get roughly five hours of direct sunlight. Six or more hours of sun is considered “full sun” (what vegetables need to grow), but I planted a lone “Sweet 100” cherry tomato plant anyway, just to see what would happen.
My little tomato seedling stretched taller and taller, and bright yellow flowers began unfurling almost overnight.
Before I knew it, rows of little green tomatoes had popped out all over the plant.
Now they are turning red, and the process is painfully slow! Most likely because I’m impatient and check on them multiple times a day.
My first tomato was ready to pick this morning, and it was the most deliciously sweet tomato I have ever tasted. Probably because I grew it myself!
I realize that I’m way too excited about a simple tomato plant doing what tomato plants are supposed to do, but thanks for humoring me. It took a lot of trial and error to get to this point! It seems like gardening is just like anything else—the more I practice the less I suck at it.
We’ve made some big changes to our front yard this year, but I’m waiting until next year to show before and after shots. I want to give the flowers a chance to fill out a bit more. How’s that for a cliffhanger? Next spring I’m going to try to work more vegetable plants into my flower garden, so it will be pretty and practical. We’ll just need to install a fence along the front of our yard to keep passing dogs from peeing all over our dinner!
Speaking of dogs, Mabel is home and getting spoiled rotten. We are so thankful to have her back. The doctors say it will be a month or so before she can start to resume normal activity, but we are happy to baby her until then.