Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reluctant Gardening continues.....

This is just so unnatural for me - to have to push myself to garden. But keep pushing myself I do hoping I will start enjoying it and because it has to get done.

I have never understood people who don't like to garden - but if it feels like this to them, I do get why they don't do it.

Gardening should be enjoyable. Something you can't wait to do and love to lose yourself in.

I just haven't been myself lately. I blame it all on menopause and hope that I get through it quickly.

But I did have a productive morning regardless.

I staked up my tomatoes that are waiting to be transplanted. I have never had to stake them before transplanting them before - but they were such a tangled mess I was afraid they would all die and I would be left with nothing.

I put up my bean towers - I haven't planted the beans yet - but at least the space is reserved for them now and the string is all strung.

I dug up the raspberries that were trying to invade the tomato area, put down black paper and put up 11 tomato cages and 3 tomato towers. So that area is all ready now for the tomatoes. They still need to be hardened off for a couple more days before transplanting - but at least the area is ready.

Here is a picture of the tomato tower. I have always used cages in the past, but by fall they all end up together as a tangled mess as they grow out of the top of the cages. I thought I would try the tower and pruning method - for three of my plants any way. If I like the way they turn out maybe I will buy more towers next year. If I had somewhere to hang them from I would try the growing them upside down.....

1 comment:

Tam said...

You seem very ready for a reluctant gardener!

When are you planning on planting your tomatoes? I'm hardening mine off right now (at least the larger ones, none of mine is as large as yours) and I just got my tomato bed under control. The weather has been so changable and cool at night that I'm not allowing myself to dream about early planting.

I think I'm going to try weaving the plants between two stakes this year.