Hurricane Earl is going by to our east this evening. Yesterday morning they were saying it would still be a category three hurricane when it passed by. Yesterday evening they downgraded it and said it would be a category two. This morning they say once it gets to us it will only be a category one. Not only that but it is tracking slightly farther to the east than they expected. All this means that we will probably have tropical storm force winds, but not hurricane force winds. We will probably get a lot of rain here, but probably not as much as we have in several storms earlier this year.
But that doesn't mean we don't do a little preparing before the storm. We packed things into our shed that were scattered over the yard. This morning I was out cleaning up the garden. Last time we got rain, all the tomatoes cracked. So I was out picking any tomato that had any hint of red on it. The Principe Borghese and Chocolate Cherry are much more susceptible to cracking so all that seemed to be full size were picked regardless of their color. Principe Borghese cracks very easily. After the last rain I didn't get a tomato from them for a week. They all cracked and were useless.
All of the San Marzano's got picked. They don't seem to crack at all, but they are dying. I'll probably rip out the plant after the storm, but I figure the fruit are better before the rain than after. While I was picking them out I noticed this little guy:
RIP. I have had to throw away some very nice tomatoes that they have eaten. Luckily not too many. But as time progresses I seem to be losing more. I found another little pinkish one on a tomato that I had brought in.
I picked all the cucumbers of any size on the trellis. I figured any swinging fruit might rip the vine off the trellis. The peppers were likewise stripped of fruit. Since I had so many chili peppers piling up, I made another jar of pickled jalapenos and serranos.
There were many dried pods on the dried beans, so I did a good sweep through them and tried to pick all that were ready. Now I think I'm ready for the storm. I just wonder if I should have picked all the chard too. High winds can shred the leaves, but I think they will be fine.