I had only two things to get beside the soil today. Seed potatoes and two extra potato bags.
I got tomatoes.
I also got a six-pack of cauliflower sets which is a much saner purchase than March tomatoes.
In my defense- they were on sale.
In not my defense it’s going to rain in a week and that’s probably not the greatest for baby tomato plants.
But back in my defense- the smaller the plant the more water they need so a week of rain might be just what they want.
Gardening is a land of contrasts.
I got a sun gold because I love a sun gold and they’re a proven winner in my garden and a San Francisco Fog tomato because my dad remembers growing them decades ago very fondly and he swears they’re delicious and grow well.
I am aware other people have opinions on San Francisco Fog tomatoes but I do not want to hear it- these tomatoes are for dad.
I put the sun gold in the large urn and mulched it well- it’s in position to get a ton of sun and as long as it’s well watered it should take.
Mr. Fog is in the big blue pot also well mulched and hopefully it takes as well.
This early is a huge gamble. But as I have room for 5-6 tomatoes this year putting a few in early is harmless and might give me early yields so why not?
Besides while I’m not sure about the longevity of Mr. Fog, sun gold tomatoes are the belle of the ball out here- they love this part of the city and perform well.
Of course if the rain next week is too hard…
I was planning on planting my seed potatoes today. I had absolutely no energy left after the new beds and the tomatoes- so that’s tomorrow.
Here’s a parting picture of copulating ladybugs.
First ladybugs of 2019 and they’re screwing.
That’s a good omen right?
2 thoughts on “The magnificence and risk of early tomatoes”
I hope the Fog grows well for your dad! And the Sun Gold too of course. Have you considered rigging some kind of cloche-like rain protection for those times of too hard rain? Toms so tiny, even an upside down plastic jug with top cut off could work in a pinch.
Those ladybugs deserve some privacy.
Does cauliflower have time to finish there? I have not grown it in years. When I did, the last bit would be finishing about now, but I would not be planting any for later.