I got a short history lesson at the Farmer’s Market today. While yapping with Jimmy of Hay Ground Organic Gardening, I learned a little more about Paul Robeson – operatic vocal artist, athlete, scholar, civil rights activist and suspected communist.
Turns out a Russian tomato grower who was a huge fan of Robeson named an heirloom variety after him – as the singer was hugely popular in Russia. Jimmy raved about both Robeson and the tomato. I’m growing the heirloom now, so I’ll have to pick up his bio too.
Other purchases: the “Black Prince” tomato, some Maui onion, and sweet peas. I’m on the market for a little lemon basil, as well as some tomato stakes- which are proving to be difficult to find recycled or reused – I posted an email on Freecycle Santa Monica, so maybe some kind soul will respond.
Round 1 ended fabulously. The thyme and chives are still going strong. I used all of the onions (which are a piece of cake to grow), basil, tomatoes, and some of the lettuce. The tomatillos were the only thing that bombed. Oh and my bell pepper has some creepy bugs on it that I’ve been meaning to look up – they seem to be symbiotic.
The garden is still running off water caught in a bucket while warming the shower, and I was able to reuse most of my already reused containers. I spoke with Jimmy a little about composting – he thinks it’s totally doable on the porch. I just need to take the leap.