True to form, my neglectful gardening (to be fair I was gone for two weeks) has rendered me with a fairly shit garden so far.
Where I could have had trusses of lovely organic tomatoes, I have trusses of dry, dead blossoms that shrivelled up well before their time.
I have a handful of happy trusses and brand-new ones starting, but I should definitely have had more off the vines than two sad little cherry toms.
I’ve spent the last few days pruning and plucking out the suckers and re-staking and re-tying and generally faffing about as fast as I can before the heat knocks me sideways.
Last week I genuinely had to stop before I was ready in case I got sunstroke.
Anyway, I’ve pruned brutally in the hopes the plant resources get redirected to juicy tomatoes rather than leafy nothings, and who knows if I’ve shot myself in the foot but it will hopefully be worth the experiment.
The herbs are fine. Crispy, but fine.
And surprise violets bloomed from the random bromeliad I picked up from a church plant sale. That’s pretty fun.
And this rando thing I grabbed quickly from a free pile on someone’s front kerb turned out to be agapanthus. Now I match literally every other house in a 15km radius.
Sitting next to it was another gigantic plant I grabbed for the hell of it, only to find it’s some rando South American cactus. Who knows what I’m going to do with that.
And this, my friends, is what happens when your aunty visits and makes a bonsai out of your overgrown greenery. It looks remarkably good! I, of course, have taken a terrible photograph of it. Also did I mention I don’t have a proper camera any more? Yes, that is fun, thanks for asking.
Hopefully my experiment with the tomatoes this year will sort me out for a further garden next year – although I don’t know where we’ll be living by then. That’s the fun of rented houses, you really are quite limited even when you give it a red-hot go. And already I can see (if the birds/chickens don’t ruin my life) I will get a bigger haul of tomatoes than last year. Which numbered approximately six.
Your thoughts are appreciated at this time.