The weather devas decided that it was time to clear the air with a good rain for at least half of Labor Day weekend. In anticipation of serious showers many tomatoes were gleaned the prior evening, to prevent splitting. When the steady showers picked up on Saturday we knew it had been the right decision, even if the bushes now looked “green” without hardly a ripening tomato. It was a good chance to focus on inside food preparation, like making sauce, or starting up the dehydrator. Not quite sun-dried tomatoes, but a close equivalent.
It’s been a good change of pace, spending time with all the other inside jobs one neglects when spending most of the time outdoors. Spiders of all sorts are quickly spinning webs, even in the bath tub. After two days of good rain showers the garden looks refreshed, although mildew has set in upon the squash and cucumbers with a vengeance. Kale and chard keep growing like gangbusters, the basil is finally getting really bushy after a few prunings for pesto sauce, and another crop of bush beans is just about ready. The good news is we are warming again in a few days to nearly 90°, so we can ripen more tomatoes!