Eating at El Pendulum, the restaurant that has replaced La Luna Papaya at the corner of Calle 64 and 64A, is our Sunday morning tradition. We have struck up a friendship with the two girls who run the place, Anna and Erica. It turns out that Anna and I have the same names. She is Anna Teresa and I am Teresa Anna (okay, mine is really Theresa Ann, but to my Spanish speaking friends, I am Teresa) amazingly enough, we also have the same last name. Maybe, that isn’t so odd, my maiden name is the Spanish equivalent of Jones. We also both like plants. Anna is a beginning gardener but an enthusiastic one. She planted a handful of melon seeds, most which sprouted! I gave her the sad news that she needed to thin them out, she had about thirty sprouts in a gallon pot. Anna shared her melon seedlings with me. When I got home, I selected the best six and planted them in peat pots. Six melon plants seems like four too many. She had mentioned that she wanted to grow some tomatoes so I gave her one of my tomato plants and the huge basil that also was growing in the same pot.
It looks like summertime in the garden. Things are thriving. The bougainvillea have never looked better.
I’m really feeling optimistic about the vegetable garden. There are sprouts everywhere! Sugar peas are pushing through the soil. The mysterious mix of mesclun seedlings are promising fresh salads soon. I even planted a few carrots and turnip seeds to see what happens.
I also started some new eggplants, since my last seedlings mysteriously disappeared.
Not content with just the tomates de bola that are thriving in the garden, I planted six more varieties today. Sweetie,Yellow pear, Pruden’s Purple, Arkansas Traveler, Morning Sun are names that make my mouth water. Visions of pink, purple and yellow tomatoes, in different sizes and shapes are dancing in my head. I also planted San Marzano again, but I have my doubts about a tomato whose flavour is described as mild, but I’m hoping that making paste will concentrate the flavour.
Using what I consider remarkable self restraint, I only planted two seeds of each variety. If every seed sprouts, we’ll have a total of twenty tomato plants and seven varieties! I am definitely on my way to being Theresa Tomato Seed!