We almost always have a warm spell starting around the middle of February and into early March, although it often gets cold again later. This year I decided (partly spurred on by a coupon for 99 cent tomato plants at Red Barn) that I was going to get a jump on the season and get my tomatoes going. Red Barn claims to carry varieties that do well in Austin. We’ll see if they do or not. They had a couple of varieties that say they are well-adapted to heat, one of which is supposed to keep bearing even in 100-degree heat. (I got 2 of that kind.) They were all nice healthy-looking plants, 7″ or 8″ high, and I intended to get them into the ground quickly. I got a couple of herbs too, some spearmint because I used to have some but I think it died, and some thyme just because it smelled so good. The young leaves have purple veins too, which is pretty.
But then, like an idiot, I left all the plants in the front yard, and the deer ate all but about an inch of each tomato plant. (They ate a hunk of the thyme, too, but I guess it was a little strong for them, since they didn’t finish it off.) Luckily each plant had at least one leaf left, so most of them are growing more leaves. (This also gives me an excuse for not having planted them yet, since otherwise I don’t know what my excuse would be.)
I brought them in temporarily when it was supposed to get cold, which gave Jemima a chance to pretend she lives in a tomato bed.