May 23, 2012
Mother Nature... Putting the "Early" in Early Blight
Do you see what I see?
How 'bout now?
Another bed looks okay, right?
Here's the backside:
On the other side of the yard we have wind damage
Please hurry, you might be the only tomatoes this year for me...
This is shaping up to be an awful year weather wise, and I guess I knew the effects would show in the garden, but I still had high hopes. Don't we always? Gardening in the south is not for the faint of heart. We have had thunderstorms for close to 14 straight days now, and then comes the heat just to make double sure the insects and diseases are kept warm, wet and happy. UGH!!!! There will be no treatment this year, I've tried them all and have the empty bank account to prove it. Nothing truly works for blight and I could have spent all that money I spent on ridiculous treatments and put it towards finding the nearest farmer selling tomatoes by the bushel. Hang on, I need a scream moment... At least last year the blight came at a normal blight-ish time of year and I was actually able to put away quite a bit before the bitter end.
At least some things do spectacularly well here...the honeybees, bumbles and hummingbirds are going wild for the Butterfly Weed, Sage and Verbena that are in full bloom.
Maybe I'll take next year off to solarize the beds and just do beekeeping...
Yes, you heard right... beekeeping, yay! Lochlann is the newest member of the 4-H Jr. Beekeepers Club! His bee suit is on the way and he will be working in the 4-H Bee Yard progressing towards earning his own hive. Of course we will all be joining the Beekeeper's Association and getting in on the fun. I tried to end on a good note, did it work or are you scrolling back up to the top and getting sick to your stomach? :) Chin up, gardeners... it can't be this bad everywhere, right?
Oh surprise, surprise... it's thundering again.