Since the days are so hot, planting needs to occur in the late afternoon to let the plants recover overnight. By 4pm Saturday the sky is mostly cloudy and the trees and house have blocked any sun from the front flowerbed. It's time.
Watch the pole lean dangerously forward.
Place the iron teapot on the crossbar that is supposed to stablize the pole. Watch the teapot tip.
Feel the sweat trickling down my back.
Go inside where it's cool and play Frontierville for 15 minutes.
Discuss options with Jack, who has nothing helpful to offer.
Return to the front yard and dig a big hole in the front flowerbed.
Amend the clay with the potting soil, bone meal, Rootblast from the garage and stir.
Plant tomato plant #1 in hole #1 and fill in.
Dig second hole. Prepare to amend the soil here, also.
Pick up the bone meal bag, which is not bone meal, but fire ant killer and unsafe for use in vegetable beds.
Think a few more nasty thoughts as I unplant Tomato #1.
Plop down on the front porch steps with Tandi, to rest my back and survey the situation.
Reflect again on the fact that the pink zinnias I planted are clashing with the ruby celosia and offending my color sense.
Dig up zinnias and plant in Hole #1. Nobody's going to eat them unless it's the voles and maybe they'll get their just rewards.
Return ant killer to the garage and bring out the correct bag of bone meal.
Double check all bags and containers.
Amend the soil again and insert tomato plant #2 in the second hole.
Dig hole #3, amend, and insert tomato plant #1.
Disassemble plant/birdfeeder hanger.
Water everything thoroughly with one hand while batting away bloodthirsty little mosquitoes with the other hand.
Put tools and soil supplements away.
Go into cool house and order Domino's for supper.
Pot up a bunch of the smaller sunflower plants to take to the unit picnic at our manager's house Sunday afternoon to