Happenings on our teeny tiny farm.
In random order.
Our friend, Jan, gave me the secret to his cherry tomato success a couple of years ago. Info on the two varieties he cultivated and where he bought the plants. Honestly when he'd offer us some I'd eat them like candy.
Backstory: we had given up planting tomatoes a few years ago. We tried in a bed and the plants withered. Rick's sister diagnosed it as a virus in the soil. Then we tried in large pots with new soil. Same thing happened. No more tomato plants for us.
Then this year someone told me about an Earthbox. The real thing that intrigued me was the inclusion of a material that covered the soil. Kind of like a hair net but clearly denser. I thought if spores of some kind were drifting in from the woods into the soil, this might help stop them. So I ordered one, went to the local farmer's market and purchased one plant of each variety.
They are now going gangbusters.
This is from about a month ago before they turned into a total jungle. I also planted three full size plants in those same pots I mentioned with new soil. The cherry tomatoes in the Earthbox are doing much better.
Allow me to model the new apron I discovered at an Artisan Market in Ann Arbor (about an hour south of us) with friend Bev. It was labeled a craft apron but with its multitude of pockets it's clearly an egg apron for me. I always need pockets when I go out to tend to the critters and sometimes a pair of shorts (or jammies) lets me down and is pocketless.
ta-da... Wow, I could get used to someone else doing all the work!