Saturday, July 21, 2007

early blight

we believe the hailstorm we had this spring that pelted our garden caused a vulnerability in our tomatoes. early blight is simply too early this year. we are very concerned that our plants might not produce the volume of tomatoes necessary for our winter stores. tabitha is making pasta sauce today. we are resigned to small batches since large ones seem out of the question right now.

one of my goals today is to excommunicate the younger chickens from the garden. if i have anything to say about it, they have eaten their last vine fresh tomato.

beans beans beans, we have too many beans. our bean arches are in an overproduction mode and require picking every two days.

i'm also gonna try to do a garden panorama today.

captured information about tomatoes:
plant tomatoes further apart. thoroughfares must be planted five feet on center.
cattle panel trellis on either side of double rows. mount cattle panels on tall t-posts eighteen inches above ground.
plant intentionally leggy starts in trenches.
have tarp/tents ready to defend tomatoes from spring hailstorms.
use corn meal around plant bases.
ladybugs and lacewing order queued for aphid onslaught.
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