Last summer, I took some of the edgers that were stacked on the side of the house and blocked off a little garden area. I decided to plant sunflowers. I started the seeds in little plastic pots on the lanai, alternately overwatering and ignoring them. The survivors made it into the flower bed.
They grew pretty quickly, benefitting from the fact that Steve kept reminding me to water the tomato plants.
We got some nice blooms on them and even some bees visiting!
It soon became evident, however, that the extreme rockiness of the soil did not allow them to get a good root system going. Even though Steve tried staking and tying them to help them stand upright, they never got strong enough stems to support or nourish themselves. Not one of the flower heads set seeds.
I did enjoy watching them grow, even if they didn’t do as well as I had hoped.
This year, I’ve planted mint.
Late last summer (growing season in Florida begins in the fall), we made do-it-yourself earth boxes out of some surplus storage bins in order to grow tomatoes. It was quite exciting when our tomato plants grew taller that us! Bella, however, was not so easily impressed.
We stumbled out in the early mornings to make sure the water reservoirs stayed full, braving hungry mosquitoes and the chance that our neighbors would see us in various states of (un)dress. When the tomatoes started ripening, our excitement increased, and we eagerly awaited the first of our harvest.
We finally had a couple that were fully ripened (and not caterpillar abused), so we brought them in and gloried in their home-grown flavor.
When we realized that caterpillars were enjoying more of the ripening tomatoes than we were, we decided to head them off at the pass. Fried green tomatoes!
Chef Steve carefully selected and sliced several tomatoes of goodly size, and with equal care prepared the cooking line for maximum efficiency.
Don’t they look wonderful? Chef Steve thinks so!
Bella remains unimpressed.
She just doesn’t know what she missed!