Heirloom Tomatoes


This week will feature a similar basket to last week's: a different type of eggplant and your last cabbage, but all else will be the same. The insane amount of summer squash and cucumbers is subsiding, but that is to be expected as we head into September.

The high humidity and the daily rain have made organic gardening very difficult lately. This type of weather is perfect for insects, mildew and fungus. You spray with an organic spray, it rains, you respray and the cycle continues. I'm stating this, not to complain, but to warn you about the corn. The corn ear worm moth is an ugly satanic creature that will hatch its offspring in the silk. These critters like to work their way down to the top of the corn. I have been spraying religiously, but this weather is doing a job on all organic gardeners. If I see damage, I will cut the top of the corn, but if I miss one from time to time, don't be surprised. Save for using commercial insecticides, I am following the best organic practice I can.

Now a word about heirloom tomatoes. They can be ugly, unequally ripe and can have strange shapes the make slicing difficult. These guys don't have taste bred out of them like most hybrids do, so I believe it's worth the effort to cut around the unripe parts to get to the little taste of heaven.

Also, most of you are doing an excellent job of bringing back your plastic tomato containers. I appreciate it and ask you to please continue this practice.

Tomorrow's share will include, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, corn, cabbage, bell peppers, an assorted hot peppers, cantaloupe, Swiss chard, kale, onion, garlic, basil and eggplant.

I will be available from 3:00 to 6:30 tomorrow.

See you then,

Mark

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