Monday, August 04, 2008

Hotter than...

[Insert your hotter than cliche here]

It's really hot today. Sticky, Louisiana kind of hot. So, instead of providing any substance, I give you this random post.

Almost exactly one year ago, Rykert took off for a ski tournament in Topeka, Kansas (I think it was Topeka). He skied, and then on his way home on Sunday, his car broke down. It took a couple of days to get the repairs done. So after a few extra nights in a hotel and a big repair bill later, he arrived home. I was annoyed.

So it came time for this year's ski tournament at the same location. I asked him to not go based on the bad vibe of last year. He went anyway riding with 3 other people to defray costs. So they're on their way home last night, when I get a call about 9:30 that they are broken down (but not his car this time). Seriously. Again. He needs to start trusting my instincts. That place is bad luck.

So I'm leaving work early today to get home to tend to the dog. On a cooler day, she would be fine in our dog-proofed yard and doggie door to her own little shaded sun room. But it is really really hot today. Stifling. So she's napping on the air conditioning vents, and I'm hoping that all is well when I get home in an hour or so. She's usually fine, but you just never know. We did take a long walk early this morning hoping to beat the heat. We didn't. We finally got back home (after literally pulling me down a steep hill chasing bunnies) and I was drenched.

Oh, and my tomatoes seem to be suffering from some sort of disease (septoria leaf spot or blight) based on my internet diagnosis. I pruned them this weekend removing anything diseased. But have not been able to find any non-toxic solutions. Everything I've found comes with skull and crossbone warnings about the danger said product poses to humans and domestic animals. And you want me to spray this on something I am going to consume? I do love the tomatoes, and they were essentially my main impetus for starting the garden, but I'm not sure that it is worth poisoning the dog for. Ya know? Any sage advice? I think next year will be better. We've had crazy wet weather this spring and I've probably pushed the envelope in my intensive spacing. May have to chalk this one up to a lesson learned. Though I have not yet given up...

Though the tomatoes have not taken to the weather, the cucumbers have. It's taking everything I have to stay on top of them. 15 pints of bread and butter pickles later, and 8 half pints of sweet relish later, and they are still sitting on my kitchen counters. And this is just two small bush-sized plants. Did you know that cucumbers can literally grow overnight? Literally, you go to bed after looking at a bed full of tiny baby cucumbers, and then you wake up to find lots of ready to be picked grown ups. They're killing me. I'm starting to feel like Forrest Gump with cucumbers: cucumber salad, cucumber pickles, cucumber relish, cucumbers with dip, cucumbers without dip...

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Last year was like that for us and our cucumbers. Cucumbers were coming out of our ears. Everyone got pickles and relish for the holidays.

Our tomatoes look terrible right now. They appear to have "gone into shock". I fear we will need to go to the farmers market to buy tomatoes to can. We got 6 quarts last week but it is doubtful we will get more.

Ruby Banshee said...

When I lived in Iowa City my tomatoes always got what I thought was blight. I didn't try any toxics, either. What helped (but didn't totally stop it): Whenever I mowed the lawn I spread the clippings under the tomatoes. Apparently, softening the impact of the raindrops/sprinkler on the dirt lessens the amount of blight bouncing back up onto the tomotoes. I heard of people using carpet samples to do the same things, but I also heard of those same people getting snakes in their garden.

Debbie said...

I'm going to try to walk the dog when I get home from work at midnight because we didn't venture out earlier. I doubt I'll enjoy it, though.

Rykert said...

You forgot to mention that, to add to the triumph that was this past weekend, I skied like s#!%.

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