Who knows if Tomato Heaven exists or not but it sure feels like it around here. Every meal has been a delicious taste test of all the different varieties of tomatoes we have been growing. We have our usual faves (black krims, garden peaches, ruby’s german green) but a new fave is the Great White, which is actually more of a very pale yellow but the flavour is so unique and delicate. mmmmm. The smell of tomatoes fill the kitchen. We love all the goodness August brings…even if this year it has brought us much less than previous years.
For the last week or so we’ve been getting all that rain we wished, hoped, prayed and danced for. Sadly, it’s all at once. But nothing is prefect so while we would like things to warm up and dry out for a bit, we are so happy and grateful to see more mud and less dust when we walk in the field. Most plants have been responding very well to the rain, lightening and break from the blistering heat. Now we need some sun and heat so the tomatoes can stop cracking. A little cracking is ok when it’s hot because the heat closes them up but not when its cool and damp. We lost about 50lbs of tomatoes this week to mildewy cracks. We win some and we lose some. The thing with the cracks is they may not be pretty to look at but those tomatoes are usually the tastiest and you can just cut around the cracks. No biggie. We are so used to flavourless, perfect tomaotes but i’d take a real vine ripened cracked ugly heirloom any day.
We’ve also recently discovered a new foe in the tomato patch. Its name is the Tomato Hornworm. See pic below. It may seem like no big deal but it can devour an entire tomato plant plus tomatoes and leave giant poops all over what ever is left standing in a matter of a day or two. It’s like a horror movie. The only way to get rid of them is to pull them off of the plants and to step on them which feels like you’re stepping on a chichihuahua they are so big. Oh the horror. It gives me the heebie jeebies just writing about it. We’ve never seen them before last week. No idea where they come from. We seem to have things under control now though. ugh. gag
We have been planting new seedlings in seedblocks for fall. arugula, kale, spinach etc. That seems to be the only way to grow things well this year. When we transfer them to the field, we put floating row covers over them to help keep the bug and weed competition down. Seems to be working. We finally have some cucumbers and zucchinis from employing this method. Whatever works. Oh and Graham is back. YAY!!! Productivity is at an all time high.
This year has taught us to just do whatever works. Every year seems to be different. So we are rolling with the new punches the rain has brought and doing the best we can. Happy to not be watering for hours upon hours everyday. Those few extra free hours a day allows us to actually sit down after a long day and actually enjoy a bit of that Tomato Heaven I was telling you about.