Although I’m a lazy gardener, I’m among the fruit trees, veggies, and lavender often—watering, weeding, and pruning in a haphazard manner. But that doesn’t explain how a two foot tall and two and a half foot wide tomato plant appeared overnight. And covered with yellow flowers and fruit. A miracle?
It is only mid-March, but we’ve had a warm winter. Most days in the 80s and even in the 90s. I’ve already seen volunteer red oak lettuce near the apple tree and have eaten a few leaves over the past week. Now that I was looking for it, at the other side of the yard, I found another (about 10 inches high) feral tomato plant near where I’d planted a yellow grape tomato plant last year.
If God was already at work in my garden, I thought I’d better get started myself. I gathered some seed packages given by friends or bought through Bakers Rare Seed company last fall. I planted two types of fava beans: Broad Windsor (with edible flowers that look like small orchids) and Violetta di Puglia (a beautiful purple bean). I also planted a small, drought- and heat-tolerant blue speckled Tepary bean common to native peoples of the Sonoran deserts.
I edged up the hillside to plant sugar baby watermelon seeds on one side and arancino melon on the other. On one location on the hillside and one below the kitchen window, I planted seeds for a cherry tomato blue berry that will be a dark purple in color. If all grows well, I will be eating my purple!
An anti-oxidant: anthocyanin. This cancer- fighting compound is responsible for the blue and purple pigment in fruits and veggies. Anthocyanin has been shown to aid in healthy aging, to prevent and fight certain cancers, and to protect against cardiovascular disease. Anthocyanin rich foods are lauded for their ability to help prevent age-related mental decline and to enhance the memory. From rareseeds.com
I finished seed planting near the volunteer red oak lettuce with some red romaine. If God thought that was a good location for lettuce, who am I to argue?
I finished my 75 minutes of planting my spring garden by placing a cage around the wild tomato plant on the hillside. It might be my imagination, but it seems to be sulking today.
How does your garden grow? I’d love to hear your comments.