Strong plants and strong ants

Horsetail just shoves the hard soil out of the way!!
More Stark Surecrop Pie Cherries.
Soaker hose hard at work for the winecups and chamomile.
The hose has a leak so I put the leak over a pot of Maximilian sunflowers.
The Chef spotted ants carrying away this insect. Maybe a soldier fly??
He also spotted this milkweed bug. Hi milkweed bug! All three butterfly milkweeds in the front yard rainbow garden are up, plus the wild milkvines are pushing up everywhere too.

Pre vacation plant check (Tuesday)

Two Datura wrightii! They have thinner, slightly grayer leaves than the unknown seedlings also coming up in many containers.
Several interesting seedlings in the lowest tier of the cactus planter.
The peach flower buds opened!
Gram did a lot of work helping me pack. He and the Chef are staying home.
Briar hits the road!

Peachy keen

Paula spotted our dwarf peach is about to bloom! The peach tree had a rough year last year when I had to redig and replant it to make way for the geothermal pipes, so I’m glad to see it sprouting.

Indoor tomato, outdoor dinner

Wes put the indoor Dwarf Audrey’s Love tomato in slices on this sandwich.
“hello I am sandwich”
During clean up, I saw one daffodil blooming by the compost. It came with the house.

Dwarf fruit grove additions

Quality assurance inspector
Paula found a loofah deep underground while digging one hole. How?? Why????
Four new trees all dwarf or semi dwarf: Liberty apple, Seckel pear, Kieffer Pear, and McIntosh Apple. We’re supposed to be on the edge of conditions for those apple varieties but with three other well adapted types already planted last year, I figured why not try. I really love McIntosh and they’re so rare around here.

Dwarf tomatoes update

The dwarf Audrey’s Love tomato is doing great.  Half a dozen green fruits growing, very few spider mites, new shoots at the base.  The dwarf Bendigo Dawn tomato was shriveling up, barely flowering (even after adding bone meal to both varieties), and infested with spider mites.  We decided to remove the one doing poorly; we trimmed and caged the happy one so it has more support.  We also spritzed it thoroughly with neem oil for the mites.

Indoor repotting

We got almost an inch of sleet today.
Briar’s toes provide excellent grip.
Squirrel tree in our neighborhood.
This evening we repotted baby tomatoes and peppers. Mid last week I forgot some other repotted tomatoes outside and they froze. So those three varieties are being germinated again. But meanwhile these babies needed new pots.
One dwarf tomato is thriving and fruiting; the other is drying up and has spider mites. Paula bought a basil and is keeping it alive. The indoor peppers have a good head start for spring but I doubt will fully fruit by then.

Indoor baby tomatoes!!!!!!

I found two baby tomatoes on the dwarf Audrey’s Love Tomato!!! The dwarf Bendigo is very tall and has some flowers, but no fruit yet. I have been just brushing the flowers with my fingers and shaking the plant a bit for pollination.