With my fiscal year-end work schedule and Charleston’s summer storm schedule, I am woefully behind in my gardening chores! I’m either working until dark, or it’s raining or too wet to do what I need to do if I get home before sunset. Last night, I was in the garden until I couldn’t see anymore – harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, raspberries, and close to 100 pepperoncini! I also topped my paste tomato plants because they were so long, they were bending over each other! Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to do any more than that. So, today being my weekly day off, I have quite the list of chores to accomplish. What’s happening at the homestead!
I love tomatoes! I am growing over 30 tomato plants because I want a plethora of tomatoes. I crave sliced tomatoes for insalata caprese (tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, balsamic vinegar/olive oil), crushed tomatoes for homemade spaghetti sauce, chopped tomatoes for salsa or rice and beans. I have to have my tomatoes! Last year, excessive rain killed all my tomato plants (along with everyone else’s around here), and I was devastated. But it was the weather. Who can control that? This is a new season, and I’ve had such excitement for my crop this year.
But now…there’s an enemy stalking my tomatoes, surreptitiously attacking the leaves and spreading its fingers of death from branch to branch. It arrived so silently, I almost missed it. But then, today….[Queue Theme from “Psycho”] the tomatoes screamed, ” There’s a fungus among us!” Read more!