I’ve mentioned several times how well the tomato crop is coming this year and that includes cherries, plums and traditional round varieties. By far this has been the best year for tomatoes across the board. So I was surprised when several folks who visited George in the past week or so were amazed to see my plants and related that nobody was getting any tomatoes this year. And these folks came from several different areas. Apparently everyone is suffering from fruit rotting on the vines. I didn’t personally talk to them but George and Barbara told me about it and they honestly had to tell their friends that they had no idea what I did differently. If they had asked I would have told them it was just luck – but it isn’t. One guy that I did talk to about two weeks ago had the same story and I asked him what variety he was growing and he looked at me like I was wacky. He didn’t seem to know there were different varieties and just said that he planted whatever looked best at Lowes. Over the past 5 years I’ve probably gone through a dozen or more varieties to find the ones that seem to perform best in my garden so at this point the lion’s share of what I plant are one’s with a good history here. I also spend quite a bit of time planting each one and have developed a set of techniques that seem to be working – some bizarre enough not to discuss for fear of being labeled as a quack.
You’d be amazed at the amount of advice I get, relative to the garden, from visitors who had just before told me how nice it looked and how poorly their’s was doing. One gal came out when I was picking some weeds and pitching them in the compost pile. She told me what a bad idea that was because I would have weeds growing in the garden from the weed seed I was adding. I asked her if her garden was weed free and she said that she had plenty of weeds which was the hardest part of the gardening process. Somehow she didn’t put it together that she was providing advice on solving a problem that she hadn’t really solved. I explained to her that I pulled the weeds before they seeded and that even if they did have seeds, the heat generated in the pile would cook them. I don’t really think it sunk in.
The pole beans I planted as an experiment and to try out the trellis have mostly germinated and are starting the climb up the poles. I’ll be very surprised if we get any beans – typically veggies won’t set properly in the heat. The cuc’s too have germinated and are looking surprisingly healthy. Same comment regarding eventually getting a crop.
Great rain yesterday, almost 3”. We’re within 18” of having a swimmable lake so if July proves as wet as June, we should be swimming by August. Starting to see lots of smallish bluegill around the dock so we need to replenish our stock of fish food and start fattening them up.