Long weekends are a time to relax and a time to reflect. This memorial day weekend take time out to reflect back on those who have served our country and paid the ultimate price. It’s their sacrifice that allows us to be able to enjoy peaceful weekends in the woods.
Long weekend camping at Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson park in Wetumpka Alabama.
So far this month I’ve only decided on one vegetable to plant. Tomato! I also may need to rethink the garden layout since I’ll be planting about 15 different varieties of tomato! Yes, I got a little crazy with my seeds this year and I’ve also ordered more! This summer the pressure canner will be working overtime. Instead of picking up seeds at the local store or co-op I decided to go a different route and find some tomato varieties that I’ve not grown before. Browsing the internet also provides me with some ideas on which seeds to seek out. Over at InternetArchive.org I stumbled upon a collection of old seed catalogs. Its interesting to see what people were planting over 100 years ago in the southern United States and what vegetables were popular.
The tomato varieties that I plan on growing this year are: Ponderosa Pink, Orange Banana, Striped Stuffer, Black from Tula, ILDI, 1884, Charlie Chaplin, Opalka, St. Ivy, and if you live in a hot humid location like me you probably have these tomatoes on had to plant too!
I can’t wait for my new order of tomato seeds to arrive. I even found a variety of the Stone tomato that is in the 1904 catalog. Ok, it may not be the exact variety, but I do love my tomatoes!
By chance if you are a tomato lover too, then check out Tomato Fest by visiting the link below. They have a large variety of tomato seeds and a ton of helpful information and videos.
Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peru
Drought – extreme drought conditions for where I live. No rain since September, however while I was outside today I notice the one of my 4 O’Clock plants was coming back out and even had a couple blooms. I guess they really are drought tolerant.
I really hope this is a sign that we will have rain soon. Everything is so brown, dusty and walking across the lawn the grass crunches under my feet. Here’s a photo I took a while back when the 4 O’Clocks were loving the rainy weather!