Monday, May 10, 2010

Vege garden...

I finally finished preparing my vegetable garden "soil" yesterday, so today I was able to plant some, well, yes, vegetable plants. That includes tomatoes. Lovely tomatoes. Julie says the picture doesn't do them justice and she is right.



I just love the way tomato plants smell. A couple of them already have blooms, so even though I didn't get them in the ground as early as I would have liked, maybe I can still have tomatoes in a reasonable time and redeem myself.





Along the row of tomatoes, I planted seedlings of my purple basil. There is a story behind my purple basil plants which I'll have to tell you sometime.




Some of the sweet peppers I planted also have buds on them. I hope I get LOTS of peppers this year. I planted Sweet Basil and Thai Basil with them.




As I was looking at the pictures I had downloaded from the camera today, I found this one that Kirstin had taken of Luca. Luca loves to sleep in boxes! And you can see some more of my plants.


Have a beautiful day!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the picture with Luca! Kitties and gardens just seem to go together! :)

Anne

sweet bay said...

Ruth I've been looking through your blog and really enjoying it. You have a great collection of plants. Where are you in NC? -- piedmont?

Sigh -- I can relate with the RRD. It showed up here 2 weeks ago. I've pulled 4 roses already. At least they were all small and just planted last year. All I can do is hope the damage is minimal and try to create windbreaks and continue cutting down any multiflora that I can find, as I've been doing for the last 4 years. And start propagating possible replacements. Unfortunately disease resistance has been so low on the priorities of rose breeders and there is so much multiflora around that RRD will continue to be a problem for a while.

Ruth said...

Anne - Thank you for leaving a comment. I know you read my blog everyday, but it is really nice to hear from you, too! Yes, somehow cats and gardens go together! :)

Ruth said...

Sweet bay - Yes, I'm in the Piedmont.

Every time I have looked at your rose pictures, I have wondered if RRD is in your area and have hoped that you wouldn't get it. I wonder if RRD has hit any breeders or large rose nurseries. There are plenty of mulitloras here and the wind blows straight from them into my garden, so I have almost no hope for my roses. I need to get out there and cut them down. There is one that definitely has RRD. I'm afraid of bringing the mites home with me when I finish digging it out, but probably the wind has already done that for me. Did you know that some consider RRD a good idea to control multiflora roses? Do we have another Kudzu issue here, with even sadder consequences? Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog! :)

Julie said...

I love all of your little vegetable plants! They are much cooler in person, though.


Focus...

Ruth said...

Thank you, Julie! :)

Gloria said...

Hi Ruth.

I love basil and have planted some, but haven't put it with my plants as you did. Is there any reason why you planted the basil with the tomatoes and peppers? Does it help keep the pests at bay?

Ruth said...

Hi, Gloria, The idea of companion planting is that some plants seem to do better when they are planted in the company of other plants. So, tomatoes and basil are happy together and peppers and basil are happy together. I forgot to mention it in my post, but I planted garlic between the tomato plants.

sweet bay said...

Ruth I've been cutting down any multifloras for four years after first reading about RRD 4 years ago on GardenWeb. I've also read Ann Peck's web book. One of the multifloras that I just cut down a week ago (they grow so fast, and I didn't even know it was there until it bloomed this spring) had one sprig showing RRD. The infection in my garden started with a rose from a CA nursery. RRD is in northeast CA. Did RRD come from there? -- I just got the rose last fall and it can take several months to manifest symtoms. Or did it come from the wild multifora? There's no way to know. All I can try to do is create windbreaks and hope for the best.

I just read about the loss of your MAC. I try to be cool about the loss of plants but I'm sure I won't about some of my roses!

I know this will sound harsh but the idea of mass plantings of multiflora by the highway dept was just idiotic.

This must create a real moral dilemma for nursery owners. What on earth do you do if it shows up? A very difficult problem.