After much weed pulling, tilling and fence installation, the garden was ready to plant last week. It took two days to get all the seeds in the earth. The weather has been so dry for so long that the dirt was like talcum powder. I watered after planting to give the seeds a start.
The weather forecast was for rain over the past weekend and through most of this week. Happily, we finally got a good soaking yesterday afternoon and overnight. It poured! Now the sprouts will start to pop up.
It is time to set the last of the plants in the garden: the tomato and red pepper seedlings. These came from a greenhouse last week and have been hardening off outside in the shade, preparing for the harsh conditions in the full sun and open air. The tomatoes already have flowers! The variety is Early Girl, a nice medium-sized tomato that is very early. Usually I get my first fruit by mid-late July. Yum, can hardly wait for that juicy, home-grown taste!