The tomatoes had a rough week if there ever was one. First off, on Friday, they were already looking a little worse for wear. I suspect I may have a tomato unwellness on my hands. It is possible there is some late blight out there. I will stay diligent in caring for them but it remains to be seen how they will hold up. I could be wrong in my diagnosis, but even if that is the case, they are still looking ugly.
Another little something to know about tomatoes if you don't already, when it rains a lot, tomatoes suck up all the water and their skins often split. So, with that piece of information, I will tell you this. In preparation for the storm Monday, I harvested all the tomatoes that even hinted at being ready Sunday. And then, in a rush to get them inside before it rained, a whole crate and a half slipped right off the bed of the truck and onto the gravel drive. Very disheartening indeed. I salvaged what I could, but that was all I could do.
The next day, THREE INCHES of rain poured down and along with the heavy gusty winds, knocked about a quarter of the plants right over, trellis and all. I put them back up but I have to say it looks a lot like a hammock with too many people. The plants just slid right into the middle of the trellis section. SO needless to say, they are pretty unhappy and the tomato haul this week isn't quite the overwhelming abundance that it has been. But they will still be there and delicious.
There were a few more harvest list drop outs this week: the melon and watermelon are gone until next year, along with that tasty summer squash. But never fear, the fall plantings are on their way. Daikon and pac choi in this week, and next week hopefully we can look forward to watermelon radish and those awesome fall beets!!
Not much else is going on. Some of the other crops were a bit beaten down by the heavy rain, but I think they will touch it out. I saw a beautiful Hummingbird today, enjoying the zinnias and there has been an amazing number of butterflies about.