Our main vegetable garden is putting on quite a show this week. The mammoth sunflower has reached full bloom. The bee balm is just about passed, but is still holding its own. The pole beans, which we never eat, are putting on a fantastic display as they wind around anything within reach. The kale is growing out of control and is overdue for a harvesting.
Like everyone else in the valley, we were recently hit with the tomato blight. Just a week ago we had a raised bed of lush greenery that was shading the many heirloom tomatoes. The blight has reduced the bed to a mass of brown stems that are being weighed down by the plump red fruits. Our friend, Kathryn, suggests that the soil may be lacking the nutrients that the plant needs to stave off the disease. Hopefully, next year we might have better luck because the beds will be fertilized with composted goat poop!