A bit of harvesting was all I planned to do in the garden when I got back from my bike ride this morning. But the weather was good, and I kept seeing more to do. So this is what I did:
1. I harvested green beans (and a few wax beans) and tomatoes. The beans have been coming in nicely for the past couple weeks, and I’ve already frozen several pounds. Those green tomatoes I picked ARE ripe; they are Green Zebra tomatoes.
2. While I was harvesting the tomatoes, I also trimmed off all the yellow and spotted leaves (collected in the bucket on the left). I use the rubbing alcohol to spray the clippers between plants so that I’m not spreading disease from plant to plant.
3. Then I sprayed the tomato plants with Serenade (Bacillus subtilis) to help fight off the disease. The plants are doing better this year, and several are taller than I am.
4. Lastly, I actually did something for the lawn, the most neglected part of our yard. I sprayed Weed-B-Gon on the weeds in the front lawn and most of the backyard. (I’m on my way back to organic lawn care. I use corn gluten as a pre-emergent weed control, and the plan is to stay organic after I finish off our current supply of non-organic weed killers.) This took a lot of bending and a lot of squeezing the trigger on the spray bottle–great for my tennis grip, but I don’t play tennis anymore! And that’s where my morning went. It was 12:30 when I stopped.