Good morning or afternoon and welcome.
Coffee? Hot or cold? I’m going to go with hot since it’s gotten a little chilly in the last couple of days after Mother Nature decided we’re punished enough with the heat wave. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the temperature dropped about 40-degrees-Fahrenheit – from the mid-90’s to the upper 50’s.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you it finally rained. It rained for a day and a half. I was so happy despite the puddles of water surrounding my garden. It’s been such a long time since there was any consistent rain and guess what? There was snow.
Not at my house, of course, up in the mountains above 9000 feet elevation.
With the rain though, it accompanied by wind. It was howling, blowing everything in its path. 60, 70 miles per hour, the weather report said. I was so worried my container plants would be knock over. Fortunately, they were protected by the fence.
I didn’t get to assess the damage until Friday afternoon when I did my daily walk around the garden and there it was…
If you look closely, you can see the cage is laying sideways and it’s pulling other plants with it. Somehow in the back of my mind, I knew this would happen, if not this windstorm then the next.
You see, I have kept the tomato plants in the other raised beds pruned, giving them drastic pruning every other week. Meanwhile, I’ve been mostly avoiding pruning this bed because if you can’t tell, there are 2 squash plants growing among the tomatoes – zucchini and yellow squash. If you haven’t dealt with squash plants before, let me tell you, it’s a pain to prune them. There are little hairs that sometimes feel like spikes on the stems that will make you say “ouch” even wearing gloves.
It wasn’t my idea to grow squash, my aunt next door convinced my mom to let her put it there. And now, while my mom is constantly complaining about her knees and back hurt, I must grind my teeth, ignore the pain in my calcified knees, and do the tasks because if I don’t do them, who will? *sigh*
2.5 hours later, it is looking a lot better and upright. I might need to do some further pruning later, but for now, I’ll take this as a task complete.
This is how much I pruned. I pulled out all the yellowing leaves and then proceeded to remove all the leaves obstructing the growth of the tomatoes. Hopefully now, the tomatoes will be bigger.
This is what I harvested from this bed. After pruning, I discovered there were actually a lot more unripe tomatoes than I initially thought. It just couldn’t be ripened because it couldn’t reach the sun due to dense foliage. Hopefully the pruning helped.
As I plunged my hands into the bucket of water after pruning, I could feel the stings from where the tiny spikes from the squash plants touched my hands despite having gloves on. I hate that and for this reason, I’m not growing squash next summer.
I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.