Clank! Bring out your dead! Clank! Bring out your dead! My tomato was seemingly dying. It wasn't the tomatoes fault, it was mine. When the sunny weather hit I didn't know yet that I needed to water the plants in pots every single day. But as I was crying over the poor thing I could hear it squeak, "I'm not dead yet," in a very plaintive voice. So I watered it. It mostly recovered. It lost a lot of leaves, but it is still growing.
Since I hadn't watered them all well enough, blossom end rot took a portion of the harvest. This is is a cruel fate. Death by gardener. It wasn't even mother nature that killed these two or the others that fell not long after and keep falling to this day.
Mother nature is taking its toll on the tomatoes though. Alice is the worst off but others are succumbing to something that is yellowing its leaves. The chronic leaf spot disease is taking its toll too. Still the tomatoes say in their little squeaky voices, "Not dead yet!"
Sadly yesterday I saw this in the garden. Is this the first sign of late blight in my tomatoes? It could well be. If so it hasn't long to live no matter what that little squeaky voice keeps saying. Nor do the rest of the tomatoes. I really hope I'm wrong. I found it on the wilted Miracle of the Market pictured above. So I may have weakened the plant just enough to make it susceptible. Will this also be death by gardener? I'll continue what I always do for my tomatoes. I'll pick of any offending parts and trash them.
My indolence got me in trouble with my chard. They are such nice plants. They pump out leaf after tasty leaf. They don't complain. They require only one thing. They require me to pick off any leaf miner eggs before they hatch. I have to do this every three days. It isn't hard or time consuming, just a little eye straining. I forgot one week. My penance was to see the miners eat the chard that is rightfully mine. Death by gardener again.
Not all the death in my garden is caused by me. Mother nature takes her toll too. When I first saw the above in my garden I wondered what could cause it. Then I remembered seeing a four lined plant bug in my garden for the first time this year. So far it makes some of the plants look a bit ugly, but it hasn't killed a plant yet. A leaf or two has gone down but the pepper is still producing just fine.
When a foul wind blew through the garden last week, it took down my dill. It was a really strong wind that blew them over. Poor things. They had such beautiful flowers. I'm not crying over them however as I have so many dill in bloom right now. Sadly the wind started blowing over my bean poles too. Some other poles caught them. I'm a little worried that the next wind may take them all down. I've got my fingers crossed.
One of the saddest sights of all was my corn. You really don't see much in this photo, but if you really look you can see why I cut it all down. Can't see it yet? Well it is what you don't see that is the telling part. The earwigs cut all the silks off the corn. Without silks the corn can't get fertilized. I figured it wasn't worth them taking up the space the beans could use if they won't set any kernels. Sigh. I've been eating corn from the farmers market. Next year I'll skip planting corn. I'll have a two sisters garden.
If you too have dead to bring out head over to Gardening Without Skills and join Kate in bringing out your dead.