It’s no secret, gardeners are optimists. But I have to tell you, if I’ve ever been challenged on that one personally, it’s right about now. Seriously, since the day I planted my seedlings and seeds into this garden (over two weeks ago), we’ve seen the sun only twice. The rest of the days have provided various levels of rain, dropping as much as three inches in less than an hour.
Conditions have been so wet and gloomy; nothing has a chance to spring into action as it would if basking in the sun, photosynthesizing their little hearts out. Take the above picture for example. I made a very hard decision today. In light of the pitiful growing conditions and my need to get some plants to produce food soon, I tapped into my budget by another five dollars. I purchased two very large tomato plants that literally dwarf my pitiful little seedlings I started indoors six weeks ago. If you look closely, just in front of the massive black plastic containers, you can barely see my little plants.
At the rate they’re growing (or not) I might have a tomato or two before the first frost in October! You can also see in this picture the plight of my cucumbers in the foreground. They’re on the yellow side; a good indication of too much water. In fact, you don’t have to look very hard to see how saturated the soil is from the incessant rain. At some point I hope it stops long enough so I can get “Goliath 1 and Goliath 2” in the ground. I feel sorry for little “David”. But since I’m a gardener and therefore an optimist, I’m expecting big things out of little David.
I’ll keep you posted and post another video within two days from now.