There’s a group of college students in town this summer from Ft. Collins, Colorado. They are working with a local church to revitalize their campus ministry. They offered their time for service projects on the weekends and were excited about an opportunity to work in our backyard garden! The rest of the crew was picking up garbage along the drag, so this was a much better gig. They were a really great group. One is studying entomology and another horticulture. It was great to talk with them and ask questions about bugs, there were many bugs. My least favorite is this leaf-footed, flying, stink bug like creature who will fly directly at your face!
Because the tomato plants have gone crazy I decided that pruning will help keep them healthy and producing. The dense foliage prevents air circulation and tomato plants are divas and like air flow. The foliage is so thick that I can’t harvest everything, it’s impossible to reach up, through, into, over and under everything to get to the fruit. Some tomatoes go bad on the rotting fruit attracts bugs.
I asked the team of students to pull out all of the dead leaves, pick up fruit that had fallen on the ground and to come back for dinner this week to help us eat the harvest!
I ruthlessly clipped the growth spilling over the 5ft tomato cages and stripped the vines of all tomatoes, both ripe and unripe. Here are a few shots of the bounty, my guess is 30lbs of tomatoes!
Originally posted at Blue Eyes / Green Feet in 2012 by Jenni Lafferty
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