Wow, real dirt to plant in. It intimidates me, having grown plants in pots for the past (mumble, mumble) years.
A couple of addresses ago, we had what might gallantly be called "acreage," but it was more a wild tangle of vertical dirt — a hillside with poison oak and plenty of oak trees (I counted 50)... and deer. I couldn't put anything in the ground that deer might like. So I grew my meager garden in pots on the deck (and one time I rolled a couple of tomato plants, in my efforts to follow the sun's arc, too near the low gate of the deck, and the plants got seriously munched by some graceful, long-necked, dratted deer).
At our most recent address our outdoors was a fenced, paved patio. More pot planting. Lots of it, in fact. I grew six tomato plants on wheels a couple of summers ago. All of my herbs were in pots there, and they still are.
So. At the new address, we lugged over all our potted herbs, but [holds breath, fans self faintingly] — we put new tomato plants into real earth. And it's working! Oh golly, they're growing! Visibly. I bet I could drag a chair out there and watch them inch up by the moment. New blossoms, new leaves. Already.
However, we kept our herbs in their pots, and the pots are in a decorative row. Heh. (Lazy bastids; too feeble to replant them.) But I figure that should work fine, right?
Until yesterday, when blogpal Tea came by for a visit and a meal, and she delivered three very fine-looking basil plants of differing varieties as a housewarming gift. I thought, "Sure, we've got spare pots. I'll go find some."
Tea informed us that basil is a desirable species to co-plant with tomatoes. Something about pest deterrence. Yeah, yeah. OK.
Oh, and I also warned Tea that I would probably murder the basil, because I never have any luck with basil.
But I looked at the tomatoes today, and they are so healthy and robust. Why wouldn't the basil do as well? And then I remembered. The only basil I've ever attempted to grow was in pots. Maybe it needs good, rich, chicken-poop-enriched earth.
I got a note later from Kudzu saying that chives are dandy mingled with tomatoes, too. Wouldn't you know? My potted chives are miserable. They probably want to go into real, healthy earth.
This is going to be so much fun. Dirty fingernails, ahoy!