The Joys of Summer
Happy first day after Summer Solstice. I think summer is getting ready to show her true colors just about any day now. Temps are climbing and the soil is getting dryer.
The garden has given me a laugh a minute, with everything from early tomato blight to Japanese beetles, stink bugs, flea beetles, and squash vine borers. So if you haven’t seen me online much, that’s where I’ve been — getting a hands-on education in pest non-management.
This is the third year of our garden, which has given the pests and diseases plenty of time to figure out we’re here. Next year I’ll be far more proactive than I’ve been this time. I’ve let it get a little bit ahead of me. In an act of self-preservation, I may rip out my four largest tomato plants any day. That’s going to make me cringe, because they are absolutely loaded with huge tomatoes at varying stages of ripeness. But if that early blight keeps spreading it will be my only choice.
But we still get good things to eat. If you haven’t already seen it on facebook, here’s my basket from earlier this week. That’s a white eggplant at the bottom. Have you ever seen one? I hadn’t! So we decided to try them this year.