Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Late Summer Garden Wind-down

Tomatoes and Carrots almost done,
peppers and okra still going strong
I would be lying if I said that I'm disinterested with the garden. But tonight, as I picked okra, squash, and peppers in the 97 degree heat (at 7pm), I realized that I haven't done a substantial planting since around May 1. Add to that the new night teaching gig, and the fact that this continuing heat has destroyed all attempts thus far at a fall lettuce planting, and what you see is my acute case of ambivalence.
Many other plot-holders in our City Farm appear to have abandoned their gardens around July 15, not because of the relentless heat and drought, but because they were sick of eating beans, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Wiregrass, yellow foxtail, nutsedge, and other weeds have been quick to pounce on the opportunity. The large pests (our rabbits, rats, and raccoons) seem to have moved on, but some smaller ones have filled in admirably, namely whiteflies and the tobacco hornworm, which is a big fan of tomato plants when tobacco's not available.
You kiss your mama with that mouth?
I hope the weather breaks soon (supposedly Hurricane Earl is on the way) and we can get some cool season crops in the ground. My daydreaming about bird hunting has already started too, so I know that's on the horizon. If I had the time off and some cash in my pocket, I'd run over to the beach and surf for a few days. Not gonna happen :( I am looking forward to future fall vacations on the beach with my little buddy though!
It's 100 degrees still in central Maryland but the fall is around the corner. At least, that's my theory.


biobabbler said...

So, apparently I'm not the only one who gets overwhelmed (defeated) by the August harvest. This year I'm not freaked out, but I started my garden so late that it doesn't count. Just got my first view of blossom end-rot (woo-hoo!) on the tomatoes, but will address that tomorrow. Your peppers look great!

Here's to planting lettuce... I've not yet, either, but want to!

Kirk Mantay said...

Babbler - you want to see some great tomato disease, click on the first picture in that post and look to the left, where one side of a tomato plant is dead.

Whatever disease that is, hit my Rutgers and Roma really bad.

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