Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down

Spent a couple hours in the gardens this afternoon tying up tomato vines again.  With all the rain, there’s a little blight, but most of the vines are healthy and beyond vigorous–they’re exploding with blossoms and little tomatoes and vines going every which way.

It should be a good, productive season by the looks of things, but that first ripe tomato always seems a long time coming.  Generally, tomatoes start producing in quantity at the end of July/beginning of August around here–a short, sweet season.  Heirlooms tend to take a bit longer to produce–though the Czech variety called Stupice tends to be quicker than most.

Pulling up the vines and tying them to their trellises also allowed me to do some weeding underneath, and to further reduce cover for the rabbits.  I only saw one baby rabbit today–but it ran under the caged tomatoes in the east garden and disappeared from view.  Ah, well. I don’t think a rabbit that small can do much to a bunch of five-foot tomato plants.

Most everything in the gardens that’s not under cover is too big for rabbit fodder now–except for the okra (and those are being nibbled) and the heirloom yellow beans in the west garden–though as yet I’ve not seen any damage on them.  The rabbits are mostly staying on the east side where dense cover is quickly accessible.

Back in town now to make a start on final paper critiques for one of my summer comp classes.  They’ll be done at the end of the month, and when I caught myself thinking this morning about how great a vacation would be–I realized I’ll soon have one–fall classes don’t start again until the last day of August.

If you need to find me that month–check the garden first, then the kitchen. I’ll likely be there, surrounded by canning jars, steam, and piles of produce.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Reading this post is a bit of relief in light of the latest tomato news: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/nyregion/18tomatoes.html?_r=1&hp

    which makes your tomatoes all the more precious.

  2. This Spanish major loves your Pedro Almodovar reference!

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