Saturday Single No. 498

Today was supposed to be the day to finish off the planting for this year’s gardening adventure. In the last couple weeks, the Texas Gal – with my help – has laid down weed-blocking cloth in the larger garden in our side yard and in the smaller plot we’ve claimed in the community garden just on the other side of the copse. And since then, she’s gotten most of the planting done.

There seem to be fewer gardeners from the adjacent apartment complex joining us in the community garden this year. Much of the space there has begun to devolve to weeds in the weeks since it was tilled. Our space did the same until this week when we finally fenced it, the Texas Gal cleared it, and we laid down the weed blocker. That’s where she’ll plant green beans – and perhaps wax beans – this year.

That means the tomatoes will be in the side yard this year, a change from garden seasons past. A malady called “blossom end rot” has taken perhaps forty percent of our tomatoes the past couple of years in the community garden. We got six tomato plants the other day, and they’re already in place; a space in the side-yard garden awaits about twelve more or so that the Texas Gal is growing from seed. Those are almost big enough to transplant into that space.

There, in the side-yard garden, the tomatoes will join cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, bok choy, celery, kohlrabi, red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and a few peppers (with peas and onions in some nearby raised beds). But that will have to wait a while. It rained all day yesterday and the ground is too wet to transplant the tomatoes or to plant the beans.

And it’s supposed to resume raining at about five o’clock this afternoon and rain into the evening, making it unlikely that things will be dry enough for planting tomorrow. Well, Monday is supposed to be sunny, and there are worse ways to spend Memorial Day than planting tomatoes and beans.

But today, we’ll stay in and stay dry (except for, perhaps, an excursion to the local mall this afternoon to window-shop and people-watch). And, digging deep into the mp3 shelves, I found a suitable piece of music for the day. In the 1950s and 1960s, actor Jackie Gleason issued a series of orchestral albums that fit right into the easy listening trends of the time. Here, from his 1955 album Lonesome Echo, is “A Garden In The Rain,” and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


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