The tomatoes above are in two almost 10' long raised beds (they fit in where the corn and beans are in the old vegetable garden layout). I say almost since they were scrap pieces of lumber that I had laying around and didn't measure exactly what I had in mind. I have no problem with improvising when needed! The tomatoes below are Black Krim (I think). I may have switched tomatoes accidentally between two of my beds but I'm pretty sure these are Black Krim. I tell myself each year that I'm going to plant everything exactly right but I always end up getting something mixed up!
Here you can see where some of the tomatoes fell over in the night. The damage wasn't too bad just a few branches fell that need tied back up. Tomato stakes aren't the best way to stake up a tomato but they work in a pinch. They are probably the cheapest method though. My hillside is covered with sassafras saplings that I can harvest and fashion long and straight stakes from for use in the garden. It helps the trees by thinning out a few which reduces the competition for light and helps me in the garden - a win win situation!
The Romas seem to have developed their own style of natural pest prevention - spider webs. Spiders are very welcome in my garden as are any other beneficial insects that happen along. I don't use pesticides other than insecticidal soap and that only when needed.
I was excited to see this little cucumber growing. It doesn't look like much more than a little midget pickle right now but it won't be long before we have some delicious cucumbers. Thankfully the deer invasion did not completely decimate the cucumber vines and I think the vines have a decent chance of regrowing to full cucumberhood.
My Weekend Vegetable Garden To-Do List:
- Weed the encroaching grasses (Johnson Grass and Crabgrass) out of the pathways.
- Tie up tomatoes
- Mulch around the raised beds over the pathways.
- Clear out two raised beds for planting more squash and beans. (formerly housed greens)
- Check around the potatoes to see if I can harvest yet. (I did harvest one already I'll post on that later.)
Saturday will be busy! (and hot)