Some Good, Some Bad

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I know, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a wide view of  back yard garden. Despite more empty bed space than I’d like , it’s shaping up to be a productive summer. There are lots of healthy greens this year, and, so far, no squash bugs!!! I’ve been able to harvest a handful of petite scallopini summer squashes already.

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There is one area of concern, however. Remember all my big beautiful tomato plants? So far, I’ve watched three yellow, wither and die.

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I’m not sure of the culprit. Perhaps curly top virus. I’m pretty sure its not fusarium wilt, because when I cut through base of the this withered plant’s stem, there were no distinctive brown blotches. Oh well, I’ve become accostumed to losing a third of my tomato plants every year. Hopefully, whatever it is won’t spread.  Last week I sowed seeds for all my autumn greens, so in a few weeks, I’ll have transplants ready for all the empty spots.

Oh, and you’ll notice new drip irrigation lines in the photos. That was my June project. I’ve had to travel quite a bit this summer and, believe it or not, other folks do not find the task of hand watering my garden as enjoyable and therapeutic as I do. Automatic irrigation is a slippery slope, though. I feel like the typical scenario is once the system goes live, it is never turned off. So far, I’ve managed to avoid the addiction. The drip system is limited to the edible portion of the garden, and, when I’m here and the rain barrels are full, the timer is turned off and I dutifully irrigate from the barrels. Also, I’ve set up a very low pressure system, so some day, when I actually have a large cistern, I can run the drip lines off of a pump. In the meantime, I admit it is nice to not to fret each time I leave for a few days. Now if I could just figure out an effective sparrow deterent.

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