After last year’s late blight epidemic, I’m very watchful of my tomatoes and potatoes. I’ve allowed lots of space around my tomato plants this year, three feet between each. And the potatoes are growing in straw mulch, which should provide some protection. I’ve also mulched the tomatoes heavily with straw, and I’ve started a 5-7 day fungicide spray application. However, there are no guarantees, and with rain and cooler weather settling in, the chances for another late blight appearance in my garden are probably some better than they were a few days ago when it was hot and dry.
Nevertheless, the summer gardening routine goes much as it has for the past 25 or 30 years. But it never gets old, as I don’t seem to be getting tired of growing things. Sometimes I wish I would get tired of it, but something out there keeps calling me, and I keep answering.
I’m late with my nasturtium GROW project report, and offer an apology to Mr Brown Thumb for my lack of ambition. I’ll offer an early review of ‘Spitfire’ now, before it’s flowered: disappointing. I was expecting a much more vigorous growth spurt once I planted my seedling into its new home – a container with good organic potting soil. But what I’m getting so far is a droopy, lazy, unattractive, resemblance of something akin to a nasturtium. Maybe it’s how I’m letting mine trail out, instead of having it vine up? We’ve still some growing to do yet, so I’m hoping for a better result by season’s end.