Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The vast garden is doing its thing. 

Considering I had to replant my sweet corn I now have high hopes of harvesting a crop before too long. 

There is also a mutant pumpkin patch on the opposite side of the corn that is not shown.

I can barely keep-up with the green beans and starting today will be distributing beans to friends and neighbors and taking the surplus commodity into the office.

I'm starting to collect a nice crop of sweet onions too - they're terrific on pizza.

The peanut butter sandwich I'll eat at my desk recently sports some mayo and a layer of fresh, crisp garden lettuce.

However - a potentially serious problem recently cropped-up.

Bacterial spots on some tomatoes - not all of them - but the Early Girl plant and the Roma plant immediately adjacent.  It might be due to contaminated seed or maybe a bacterium that lives in a host plant like the green beans - who knows. 

This is an organic garden.  I don't use pesticides or fungicides or other chemicals so I picked all of the affected fruits and disposed of them in the garbage (not the garden or the compost heap where  the bacteria might linger).  I'll have to see if it's an isolated incident due to earlier cool, damp weather or a persistent infection.

Healthy on top – infected below

With all of that terrific lettuce it would be a shame to not have really great tomatoes to accompany the bacon...


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