I missed working in my garden on Tuesday. I worked in my flowerbeds instead. Today working in the garden I thought I was going to keel over. As I was down on my hands and knees in the pumpkins and in the tomatoes and it seems so much hotter down among the plants, it came to me why the weeds win every year.
It gets to hot to be a gardener and I wimp out. I was telling myself as I was trying to see but the sweat was rolling in my eyes so bad, this year I won't give up. So with 102-110 degree temps next week we will see who is tougher.
Every year my tomatoes get blossom rot really bad. I thought that this year when we put gypsum to amend the soil we wouldn't have it. But the first I have picked was chicken food because of blossom rot. Last week my husband mixed up Epsom salts and Gypsum with Calcium. He used 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts in five gallons of water and then took tablespoons of the dry gypsum with calcium and sprinkled it around the base of the tomato plants. Then poured the water on each of the plants. Today I noticed that my plants were greener and I picked tomatoes that didn't have blossom rot and they were really putting on fruit. In fact I would say that it is hard to believe it was just a week. They seemed to have grown a foot as well.
This next week with it being hot, I know my pumpkins will grow like gang busters. They are starting to run now. I noticed the other day, that I had squash beetles. They were huge. I had my pest control lady when she was here spray my pumpkins. They had already sucked the life out of about 6 plants. I don't know what she sprays on them but it is amazing stuff. Today when I was weeding them, I didn't see a single pest. I have tried to be totally organic since I started gardening. I got a horrible squash beetle problem and those bugs attacked even my stone fruit trees. So now I am not organic anymore. It still breaks my heart because I know with the pests I am also killing beneficial bugs, but my infestation was in the words of my pest control lady, " the worst she has ever seen.
Well, now that I am in the house, I will be hooking my rugs and maybe watching Sherlock Holmes. It seems like a good day for that.
Have a great weekend,