Michael Battalio



This year’s daylilies have not been a disappointment. They are wonderful this year.
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Here is a very proud success. This is an amaryllis I saved from my parents house before I left and my dad mowed everything to the ground. It has taken three years after transplanting for it to get back to a size where it would bloom, but it is worth the wait.

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Here is some monarda I planted last fall. I didn’t expect it to do so well, yet here it is. We’ll see if the plant is still alive come August.

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Finally here are the tomato plants. I harvest about five everyday. I’m sort of regretting planting the daylilies amongst the vegetables. They take up space I could have used for more vegetables. Lesson learned.

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I have finally figured out how to grow tomatoes in TX. The key is starting early. Previously in the blog (Blog returns from winter hibernation) you can find photos of when I first started the tomatoes inside. I bought them some time in Feb and have kept them well watered (which hasn’t been difficult given the rain we’ve gotten).

First, here is the sideyard vegetable garden. The potatoes are almost ready to harvest, and the peas in the foreground are done. The peppers in the background are just staring to get going.


Here are some of the tomato plants. They are doing great. They are full of green tomatoes.


Here are a couple of the ‘celebrity’ variety that are tantalizingly close to harvest.


Here’s the other tomato bed. There are some daylilies in the bed as well for color.


Not all goes perfectly though. About a week ago I walked by the plants to find that one had been devoured by tomato hornworms. A vile creature that can consume an entire plant in just a couple of days. The plant below looked completely normal to me the day before. I found two enormous worms on the plant, each about 1.5” long. This is the first year I’ve dealt with the hornworms, probably because this is the first time I’ve actually had any success growing tomatoes.