the wages of impatience

I can’t explain some things. Like how, year after year after year, I can’t resist planting tomatoes out earlier than I should. It’s not a problem with other vegetables. Just tomatoes.

After an initial assessment of the ten day forecast a few days ago, I decided that it was worth the risk. Now I’ll be making extra work and worry for the next week or two, trying to keep them healthy. In two days, the low is now projected to be in the high 30s.

But before that gets here, there are three or four days with highs in the 80s.

So instead of planting the seedlings next week and sitting back, I need to protect them from both heat and blazing sun. Ever more contraptions.

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This is actually working pretty well for sun protection. I lined up the unused tomato cages and fastened shade cloth to them. So far so good. There are t-posts at either end with a wire strung through the cages to prevent the whole thing from blowing down. Even my understanding wife is looking at me sideways.

Then on Tuesday, the hoop houses and tarps and blankets will come out, and the fingers will be crossed.

There are two things that I can do to solve this; one, plant the tomato seeds still later so that the seedlings don’t get so tall that I feel like they have to go out too early. And two, pay attention to the promises I make myself every freaking year to be patient.

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15 thoughts on “the wages of impatience

  1. I’m adding a stern note to my seed-starting schedule for next year. I’m telling my future self (wooo! freaky!) to hold off at least two, if not four weeks from when I’ve been starting the tomatoes. Peppers, on the other hand, could probably go a week or two earlier.

    I’m planning on Friday as the big tomato and pepper set out date.

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  2. Super clever contraptions, Dan. You’re like the Wile E. Coyote of the gardening world! Good luck with your maters. I’m already harvesting nuggets of sunshine down here, if you can believe that!

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