For those of you who were not interested in my patio gardening exploits last summer, well, you should have said something when you had the chance. Since you didn’t….
My plants are in the ground, slightly earlier than last year, I believe. This year’s line up features a reprise of the rosa bianca egg plant after last year’s success. Also representing the egg plant family is the satin beauty. With no volunteer tomatoes in sight (and given the oddness of the ones last year), I went with a single Roma and a patio cherry. And I triple checked that the cherry really is patio sized after last year’s cherry-tomato-that-devoured-the-Midwest debacle (unless, as was apparently the case last year, “patio” is defined as “taller than Cammy”). The Hungarian wax pepper is also making a return–hello cheese-stuffed goodness! And, of course, I couldn’t get rid of the chives if I tried (and in some spots I have…they’re insidious).
On a more advanced level, we’re stepping up to seeds this year. I wanted squash, so, Mom suggested I just try from seeds. So far there are little yellow-patty-pan seedlings coming up nicely. Here’s hoping we can buck Mom’s trend of winding up with a powdery mildew that destroys them. And I thought I’d give beans a shot–so I tossed a few pintos into the ground, and I think I saw signs of sprouting today.
All this ties in to my second attempt to be outdoors more this summer. Last year wasn’t quite as successful as I’d have liked, but at least the gardening gave me something to force me out for at least a short time every evening. I’m a bit concerned the real-life job thing might be more invasive this year than last, so it’s up to the squash, tomatoes and egg plant to ensure my fresh-air in take is not confined to the time spent walking between the door of a building and the door of my car.