…is indeed a perilous affair. One must be ready for heartbreak, hard work, and ingenuity.
The first week after planting the tomatoes was brutal, and despite watering daily I lost my prized Black Krim tomato. To my deep despair, it was too late to replace it. So I will have to settle for Juliet Grape and Super Fantastic, that is if they survive. In order to make sure we could pick tomatoes by October, Will and I constructed some inexpensive plant umbrellas made with commercially bought tomato cages and row cover:
This next solution requires a talented and creative metal artist with a welder on site…lucky for me I married one!
Will made this simple hoop frame, and we covered it with window screen fastened with clothes pins. It is light weight and easily moved around the garden as needed. The bell pepper and eggplant are much happier now, and the eggplant has even set tiny fruit!
But not everything is bad news in the Austin summer garden. Here’s how our first attempt at corn is going:
The Persian Baby cucumbers and the Scarlett Runner beans that I planted in starter pots are ready to be set in the garden, so they will go in tonight so they can settle in overnight before the shock from the August sun. More sunscreens will be needed…