We have had just an enormous amount of rain the last few weeks. The community garden has been flooded, leaves are yellowing, fungi raging through, and weeds taking over. From here on out, interest may wane as the initial blooms of excitement fade what with weeding, 90 degree days, and bugs-lots of mosquitos. We had about 5-6 inches of water in the gravel walkways which means the rainwater cache system underneath was completely full. Had to pump the water out across the field and to the street several times as we keep having torrential downpours. The silver lining is we don’t have to water!
And while all of the hard work can be a bit much, the harvesting helps, tomatoes are ripening, along with peppers, cukes, squash, onions. The fence at the community garden keeps all the critters out except for little chipmunks and squirrels. At home, all my tomatoes were stolen, the numerous San Marzanos, and the Georgia streaks! I suspect a ground hog or raccoon. With the neighbor and her dog gone for the summer, the critters have free rein. I will have to put up a fence now to keep them out. We enjoy the Cherokee purples and mortgage lifters, making Caprese salads, BLTs, sliced tomatoes on sausage biscuits, hopefully I will start canning tomatoes very soon.