Check on some eggplants that I am rerooting due to soil line rot on the stem - in this group are Rosita, a Twilight Lightning, a Green Giant, and New York Improved. They are all somewhat iffy...
Turn off the deer sprinklers in both gardens
Give everything a good feeding - that alone took 1 hour; I used a soluble balanced plant food - the blue one on everything but tomatoes, the red one on tomatoes (both Miracle Gro products). I have a 3 gallon watering can so do it all by hand.
Harvest - today it was some tomatoes (Lemon Drop, Tiny Tim Yellow, Mexico Midget, Coyote, Tiger Tom, Sun Gold, Big Green Dwarf, Dwarf Arctic Rose, Sleeping Lady, Matchless and a prematurely ripening due to Blossom End Rot Hugh's.), and green beans...and a few blueberries (the birds have been careless - they missed half a pint!)
Photography and observation time follow - a walk around the yard with the camera, then with my hand held recorder, making verbal notes on progress - first the big garden, then the driveway, by crop.
I then armed myself with a pot of detergent and my scissors, and did the rounds of the tomato plants, removing all damaged, discolored foliage - typically lower foliage, and wilting stems. This is the psychologically most difficult part and causes the most anxiety - this is gardening truth at work - dealing directly with the good and the bad. Today's verdict - not too bad at all.
Two more tasks - a complete watering (it was near noon, searing hot and I wanted to get the containers plants in shape to make it through the afternoon), and some spot typing and pruning - remember, tomatoes grow up to 2 inches per day, and the plants get out of control quickly - and suckers appear just as soon as I turn my head!
That's it - lunch, shower, and an afternoon of photo downloading, blogging and transcribing the hand held recorder. That sums up a pretty typical day in the garden for me.
Now for some pics from the day's walkabout.