|Unripe huge Lemon Boy beside ripe one of normal size.|
For over thirty years I did not garden in this yard. The clay that we are in, turns to something resembling concrete in the summer. Actually, no, I'm not exaggerating one iota. If you were to take a shovel, and try to dig in the clay, you would literally have to scrape the ground to remove a thin layer and keep scraping. You could not push a shovel into it at all. Not one inch. I think you get the idea. It was hard.
This spring I put in my first lasagna garden. It has been a dream. I can plant, I can weed, I can pull tomato plants out of the ground. No shovel at all.
The last tomato, Lemon Boy, looked like it had some blight on the top leaves. I decided to pick off all the remaining tomatoes and put the plant in the trash. There is a tomato that must be five inches across. I am so thrilled to have gardened somewhat successfully...for a newbie. Just for the record, I will not be growing Lemon Boy again as it is a Seminis seed which is owned by Monsanto. As is Early Girl.
The lettuce in the greenhouse is looking good. I think we'll have plants big enough to start harvesting in a few weeks.
The slugs have begun to nibble the cauliflower and chard in the raspberry bed. It looks to me though that the plants are hale and hardy, and should be able to survive. I did break off some leaves that look like they may have leaf miners.