We are loaning a strip of our backyard to our friends to grow a tomato market garden. They have done their research and development and are excited to farm 400 heirloom tomato plants in 30 varieties.
The farmers started their tomatoes at their house in March, and they finally got them into the ground in the end of May.
It was quite the process. They tilled the strip with a tractor and then came in with an auger that they drilled holes with. They planted their leggy starts way deep into the earth, burying about half the plant.
Down at the bottom of the tomato strip I planted a flower patch. I made a little section around the front of this cool old blue truck, and planted several rows near the tomatoes. Then I raked in a few seed packets in the big empty section of dirt. Planting the lower patch felt like it was taking forever, but I kept at it, only making myself do as much as i wanted to and then taking a break. I got home from work early and planted. I sent Nick out for the night, and gardened. I lived in the yard for a while.
The flower box that Nick built me our of 100% free stuff also got filled in. I had an unfortunate run in with a clearance plant section and came home with several already blooming flowers that I planted all around my patio. The flowers were beautiful, but unneeded. What I needed was more earth. I still had a lot of flowers left.
Then we went to work, planted 2 rows of sunflowers in the back with a hand plow. Like real farmers!