Finally got out to my garden plot after 10 days away from it. It was a total weedapalooza.
Morning glories and other weeds are taking over everything. And almost all of the potato vines have wilted and dried out. I don’t know if they’re getting choked by the morning glories, succumbing to late blight, or just dying a natural death. But it’s a bad scene.
Oh well, I guess that just means it’s time to dig up the fingerlings. The tomatoes seem to be doing alright, although the rains I missed while I was gone clearly caused a lot of splitting. Witness this brandywine:
True, a scarred tomato can still be quite tasty. Though, I’m a little skeptical that I’ll ever get to eat this tomato. Like other gardeners in other gardeners in this area, I’ve suffered a lot of squirrel damage to my tomatoes. That mutant brandywine I wrote about a while ago got completely devoured just before it got ripe. I might have to take the Dirty Radish’s suggestion and build a cage around the tomatoes I really want to save.
But not all the news is depressing. I did take home a rather large harvest: beets, carrots, torpedo onions, tomatoes, Mexican sour gherkins, potatoes, swiss chard, banana peppers, and plenty of basil and parsley. I made sauteed chard burritos with tomatoes, herbs, and chopped Mexican sour gherkins for dinner last night, which really helped take my mind of all the weeding I’ll need to do this weekend!