August 6, 2008


It seems that the rash of blossom end rot was short lived. I do have one tomato plant that looks pretty awful and which I don't expect to make it. Other than that, things seem to be doing ok. Tomatoes of all shapes and colors are coming out of my garden, ripe and healthy, every few days now.

My plot is weedy and messy and every time I walk over to it I feel pangs of guilt (mixed with joy at the great bounty I am getting of course.)

I hate to admit it, but as the season wears on, I find that I get a little tired of the labor part of gardening. I know that I could be planting fall crops now...or soon, but I just feel tired of the battles with bugs and diseases at the moment. And I am not sure I'm up for the daily watering for seeds. I look at the bolted lettuce towers and think " I don't know if I have the energy to start from scratch right now."

I think next year I really need to do a better job of thinking through the things I could do earlier in the season to make August - October easier. Mostly I need to mulch A LOT better and more often in June and July. Other than that I'm not really sure what else I can do. Pace myself? Chill out so I don't run out of steam? Maybe it's just that work is getting busier now (and it usually does in August and September) so I feel more torn.

In fact, I feel almost flooded with ideas for NEXT spring (I think I need to try growing cucumbers UP), but the idea of doing much more than maintenance and clean up in the fall THIS year seems very unlikely.

Either way, I am thrilled to have all the wonderful food even if I feel too lazy to cook anything really amazing with it.


Josh Baltzell said...

Up is for sure the way to go for cucumbers. I have had lots of luck doing it that way. Here is a picture of the trellis in my garden.

Cucumbers on a Trellis

Right now those cucumbers are producing faster than I can eat them.

Unknown said...

Nice stash of 'maters!

Joe said...

Your tomatoes look wonderfully tasty! Nice harvest!

ThrtnWmsFam said...

We too had a short episode of blossom end rot that seemed to disappear when I moved the pot with that particular tomato. All but one of our tomatoes has been bearing quite well for weeks, all sizes, shapes and colors. So far my favorite is the Big Rainbow Striped (it's orange and sweet and delicious), but we have colors from orange to purple to yellow to multi-colored to pink and of course, red. There's so much to tell about our garden but maybe you could check out our blog where, one of these days, I'll be posting updated pictures!! Vikki from the Denver, Colorado area //

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing how next year comes out.