Changing plans: Always a work in progress

Marigolds guard the tomatoes

Years ago, I tried to grow tomatoes. One bloom made it as far as a baby tomato and then the cutworms devoured three plants overnight down to the stalk. I have never tried again since then—until this year. I put marigolds on either side of it as they are supposed to match well with tomatoes to ward off insects. Knock on marigold, so far, I have spotted nothing munching on the tomatoes, the blooms, or the leaves. I am cautiously hopeful.

Yesterday was a lovely day and today and the rest of the week is rain, so I took advantage to work in the yard. My task was to remove the beginnings of the Grandma’s Special rock garden/fountain I had earlier installed. It has rained so much that the returning native flora was overtaking it, and leaving me realizing it was not going to be workable. After all, Grandma made lots of changes in her yard, too. I think it is pretty telling that I dreamt last night about being at Grandma’s house, out in the yard. I had already been thinking of just going with the dry creek and a few ornamental rocks and plants. There is a lot to be said for minimalism. The before and after is below.

There was a lot of grass and wildflowers to remove to even get to the “fountain.” Then removing all the rocks and pieces, and stacking them over to the side for now. My Apple watch told me I worked really hard yesterday, putting in over 3 miles in steps and meeting stand and move goals, and doing better on exercise goals. My body told me I exceeded in all areas.

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16 Responses to Changing plans: Always a work in progress

  1. Betty says:

    My mouth is watering at the sight of those home grown tomatoes – a favorite of mine. Your yard looks very charming. Every aspect looked nice to me – even the before picture. You have artistic flair. And let’s hope for a green thumb, too!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty. I liked the before also, until it was surrounded by Mississippi wild grasses. πŸ™‚
      I think I will like the revamp better, but we will see.

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  2. peggy says:

    Yes, tomatoes are attacked at our house every year. Marigolds do help. Sounds like you have been getting your exercise. If it would quit raining here I might push mow around my two rows of blueberry plants.

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  3. Looks like you are off to a good start! What a pretty yard! You must be proud with all the work you’ve done.

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  4. Your tomatoes look great so far! Good luck. We have given up on tomatoes. Pace yourself in that yard – looking good though!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you–we will see if I give up again. I will definitely pace myself. Slow and steady is better than fast and short. These days, I am about keeping moving, not having a bikini body.😎

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  5. janebye says:

    Wow, everything looks great! Congrats on the tomatoes! We seem to be hit or miss; have had some fabulous years and some really disappointing ones. Last year was not a good one, not sure if we will try this year or just enjoy the ones from our farm box. πŸ™‚

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