You say tomato, but I prefer peppers


This past spring, I wrote here about my plans to grow a few veggies in my backyard this summer: bell and chile peppers, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries (these are not all mine, my roommate is augmenting my efforts).

I am happy to report some progress on the bell pepper front (and tomatoes, but really, who can't grow a tomato?).

We battled a very wet stretch of torrential rains about a month back. Now of course, we are having the opposite problem. I also had to take a hard line with some nasty japanese beetles last week (thanks for the toxins, Jo!).

Of course, in addition to the really fresh (although, due to aforementioned toxins, probably not-so organic) vegetables I anticipate, there's been another healthy side here. The containers are in the back of the house. The hose is not. I get some extra exercise lugging my two-gallon watering can back and forth. Which is a good thing, if you saw recent reports that if you spend more than a few hours a day sitting, well, prepare to die (I exaggerate, but you get my drift).

I also shifted some of the containers to a different spot in the yard where they are likely to get more sun. 

Hmm: The parallel to HME? Oh yes, if you nuture things along, weather the storms, prune the dead weight and flex and adapt as needed, you too, can reap rewards (insert corniness). 

Theresa Flaherty