Today has been a little weird for me.
Vince and I had an appointment in Carthage at 2 p.m. and we planned to eat BBQ while in Carthage. We love Boomer’s and the people who own the place are so nice. They’re closed on Mondays or we would have eaten there while in Carthage yesterday.
So, when I got up this morning, I went and put on “going out in public clothes”, which means T-shirts with no holes. I put on makeup. I used the curling iron to tame the frizzies and slapped on a tiny bit of makeup so I was ready to leave the house at 6 a.m.
About 10 a.m., Vince said “I’m going to get more buckets for tomatoes.” Well, that’s kinda strange. 1. He bought buckets for tomatoes on Monday. 2. We’re going out later and could have bought buckets.
Me: Didn’t you buy buckets for tomatoes on Monday.
Vince: We need more.
Me: How many buckets did you buy?
Vince: Five. That’s how many tomatoes you said you wanted to plant.
Me: I think I said 10 but I can live with five.
Vince: I’d better get more before they’re all gone.
Me: We’re going out after while? Want to get stop and get them while we’re out?
Vince: No . . I’ll go now.
He left about 10:30 and it’s less than 5 miles to where he was going. He was gone over 2 hours and I was kinda starting to get concerned. He didn’t have his phone with him but he returned and I said “I was wondering what took you so long!” He said “I bought my birthday present!” That’s exactly what I figure he was doing. 🙂
Later, we had this conversation. Men!
Me: How many more buckets did you get?
Vince: How many did you ask me to get?
Me: I think I asked you go get 5 more for tomatoes and 2 for cucumbers.
Vince: Yep, that’s what I got . . 12.
Me: Are you saying 12 total?
Vince: No. 5 Monday and 12 today.
OK . . makes sense to me.
Then we went to Carthage, took care of business there, ate at Boomer’s and came home.
It’s cloudy, I can hear rain dripping off the roof onto the metal fireplace vent and it’s making me so sleepy . . nap time!
Mmm…barbecue. I may change my dinner plans
Ruth Chow says
Do you plant tomato seeds in the buckets to start them inside, or do you leave them in the buckets all year?
Based on what I know of Judy’s gardening habits, I would say both…. either use seeds or seedlings in the buckets so that you can move them in & out of the garage due to cold weather. And then transplant into the gardens when last frost is over.
But, having some tomatoes in the buckets can be nice for the deck or other areas. And less irritating for Judy to pick the tomatoes. I think last year, they planted too many in the raised beds and it was a forest of tomato plants.
Having some cherry tomato plants in buckets with a trellis setup on the deck would be wonderful… just stroll out to pick a few dozen every day..
Last year I didn’t start any from seed and doubt I will this year. There’s a lady nearby with a greenhouse and I shared some of my seeds with her and she will start the seeds and I’ll plant those. The problem with starting seeds here is that we have to bring them in and out so much, it’s just easier to buy the plants or have someone with a greenhouse who is willing to share the plants. We will plant 2 to 4 plants per bucket. We planted four per container in Texas but we had larger containers.
We do not keep them all year. We pick all the green tomatoes before the first hard freeze and I use those to make the green tomato relish, and we are done with the plants. Once they’ve died back, we pull them out and burn the plants.
Hope this helps.