MJ and I spent the morning topping off the wine barrels in Fiddletown. Del and I wrestled a barrel around until it discharged its last fifteen gallons. That barrel was disfavored and will be used just to top off other wine.
Over lunch I asked Del what I needed to know about growing cherry tomatoes. We told him we had a raised bed with six to eight inches of good soil. He had a few thoughts:
Don’t pull out the weeds just turn them over into the soil. I may draw the line at thistle.
Goat manure will work as a fertilizer, no more than an inch thick.
Plan for good drainage. Del had a complicated explanation with a sponge as a prop. His point was that tomatoes do not appreciate being damp.