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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

July 30, 2014

First, the “good”:

The overall size & quantity of the first waves of Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter & German Yellow tomatoes has been above average; Mrs cohutt has referenced the “early pumpkin harvest” on more than one occasion.

Brandywine & German Yellow tomatoes

Brandywine & German Yellow tomatoes

Another “good” is the ample supply of eggplants we have been harvesting; the flea beetles are around but I’ve kept them at bay with an occasional light dusting of diatomaceous earth on the leaves at dusk. (I have rinsed it off in the morning to keep wind from spreading it where I don’t want it.)
A week's eggplant harvest

A week’s eggplant harvest

Likewise, the first waves of soy (type “Envy”) have been good and more productive than last year’s initial try.
First soy harvest of the season ("Envy")

First soy harvest of the season (“Envy”)

The “bad”:

I have a serious tomato plant problem that is probably Fusarium or Verticillium wilt. If I confirm one or both of these is will have a serious impact on the garden over the next few years due to limitations of what can be planted in infected soils. (More on this in a future post, should I manage to figure it out.) Basically the leaves are dying very quickly from the bottom up- right now there are few if any live green leaves in the the first 4 feet of the plants. This has left little shade on the developing fruits so I have a lot of cracks and sun scalding on those tomatoes harvested so far. Unfortunately this will also limit or eliminate the 2nd large harvest wave that usually follows in September.

Wilted Brandywines

Wilted Brandywines

The “ugly”:

My garlic harvest was hit with onion maggots, which has given me the disgusting aroma of rotting garlic wafting everywhere as I have attempted to cull the infested heads. The worm is pretty much undetectable until the clove or cloves it has been eating tunnels through begins the inevitable hidden festering rot process. The nose knows first; rotting garlic has a way of letting the whole house know.

(If you are reading this @ mealtime, you might pass on the remaining pictures.)

The culprits:

Onion Maggots in Inchelium Red Garlic

Onion Maggots in Inchelium Red Garlic

The resulting damage:
Inchellium Red garlic rot induced from onion maggots

Inchellium Red garlic rot induced from onion maggots

Another example of onion maggot damage (Inchellium Red garlic). NASTY!

Another example of onion maggot damage (Inchellium Red garlic).

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Namastemama permalink
    July 30, 2014 8:02 am

    I feel for you. Several years ago we had a similar tomato problem. I remember tearing out plants and crying. We make sauce , salsa, ketchup etc. So much hard work too. Non gardeners just don’t understand. Good luck!

  2. yammerschooner permalink
    July 30, 2014 8:59 am

    Having that happen to your tomatoes has got to be demoralizing. We harvested our first brandywines and wapsipinicon peaches yesterday. The cherokee purples, indian stripes, russian roses, sweet millions, and sun sugars have been abundant for the last couple of weeks. We are still waiting on the bull hearts and the green zebras. I can’t imagine not being able to plant any next year.

    • August 7, 2014 5:58 am

      Yammer, I hadn’t realized you had ventured so far into the world of heirlooms – be careful, there is no coming back… 😉

  3. Haynes permalink
    August 6, 2014 9:48 pm

    I, sadly, feel your pain with the tomatoes- looking at a carbon base to rehab- Mirimichi Green- have a look and let me know your thoughts- appreciated as always!

    • August 7, 2014 6:03 am

      I’m not sure exactly what your objective is, give me a call to discuss…

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