Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday. Garden update. Friday now.

We woke to really cool temperatures this morning.  Feels like mid to late September and I expect we will see the trees turning early.  I harvested purple cayenne, sage, and grapefruit mint yesterday.  Got more of the damage, which wasn't much to begin with, tidied up.  The Amish paste tomato no longer lists into the tansy.  And most of the cayenne is back into its proper space.  I say most because it grew very spindly and tall--more vine like--than usual.  So some of it won't be cut back until I pull the spent plants.  I need to water things.  As I noted the rain was hammer hard but not much in the way of volume.  The hibiscus is still putting out some flowers but it is nearing the end of its blooming.

By mid summer I generally look at what has done well, what hasn't, what fits and what doesn't and planning for next year.  I won't put in any more squash--even the small varieties are on big and spreading plants that don't do well for as small a space as I have.  I think I will give cucumbers a rest as well.  As much as we do love tomatoes and peppers, I may plant fewer.  Again, I have a very small space and planting the same plants year after year isn't healthy for the plants.  I have only so many spaces in which to put the plants and I have had each in every space available over the last few years.  I won't eliminate them but fewer would be better.

As you can see, I pooped early yesterday.  I did try to get the Supersauce tomato plant tied up again.  Those are some heavy tomatoes and I am not sure it will remain tied up.  I will look at it later.  I also got the sage and grapefruit mint ground.  Today I have oregano I cut yesterday in the dehydrator now and will grind it later.  If I my get-up-and-go doesn't get up and go I plan to cut some spearmint for drying.  We'll see what happens.

Over the time I have been following the Greek financial crisis I have often wondered if we would soon enough see similar scenes here.  Yanis Varoufakis wrote this piece for Naked Capitalism.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, all your problems look like nails.  I would modify that a bit: if you have a really cool tool, you want all your problems to be nails and often imagine they are.  Case in point: the growing use of SWAT and other militarized police in routine, nonviolent matters.


Kay Dennison said...

This is the coldest summer I can recall!!! So much for global warming! It make me wonder what winter will look like.

Kay Dennison said...

I've just been a sloth this summer -- my flowers didn't do too well. Sigh