Saturday, June 6, 2009

As organic as it gets

Those commercial farmers that spray pesticides never have to see the enemy in the eye like I did today. For the second time, bugs have attacked one of my tomato plants. Again, they went for one of the weaker plants. Last time, I sprayed some pepper wax spray that worked. This time however, I, with blood-shot eye and with rage in my heart, crushed the spider mites and the aphids and the ants with my bare hands; and the last thing those poor creatures heard was me muttering something about sending them to the deepest hole in hell.
Yep, it doesn't get any more organic than that.

But enough about violent gardening acts and on to some pretties:

Behold this beauty. Until today, I was claiming that this was the Amateur's Dream plant. However, this plant is not growing like an indeterminate tomato but rather it is behaving more like a determinate; in which case, I may have put the wrong label on it. This one could be the Market Miracle plant. At any rate, it has been my best tomato plant this season.

And here is the lone Jet Star tomato. The Jet Star plant is growing on the Topsey Turvy hanging planter. I sure hope this plant produces more fruit so that this tomato doesn't cost me $30 dollars! This tomato is now 1 month old. I thought for sure it would have ripened by now.

These are tomatoes from the Urbikany plant. All my Siberian tomatoes are doing well. Next season I hope to plant more of them.

This is the Perestroika tomato:

Last but not least is my Anaheim pepper (only one so far):

I finally dug all the volunteer tomato plants growing in the melon bed. It was a tough decision but the melons are now getting plenty of sun and they don't have to fight for the moisture. I also dug up all the carrots. I had to concede that they did not have enough depth to grow properly. Still, they are delicious at 3 inches long.
I have lost hope for my garlic and onions. Some of the onions went to bloom already and my garlic looks weak.
My black beans look sad as well as do my peas. My green beans however, are doing really well.
I have about twenty strawberries in two plants and my blackberry bush has lots of blackberries.
Now if I could only get some decent rain!

Over and out.


  1. I just did the same thing with my eggplant... aphids everywhere, spider mites, flea beetles, everything. I'm going to hit it with some neem oil in the morning in the hopes that the neem will kill some of the buggers.

    I've been having struggles with cucumber beetles and a strange bright-pink beetle that looks almost like a ladybug, if it wasn't hot ping. Never seen that one before!

  2. The Anaheim pepper looks like our local chilly. I hope the chilly heat/hot is ok for you. Btw, I like the 'down to earth' method you use in gardening. I hope you will get to harvest the tomatoes soon.

  3. Your tomatoes and pepper look great. This weekend I pulled all the volunteer tomato plants. It killed me but it had to be done.
    I lost one cucumber plant to cutworms, my eggplants are infested with flee beatle and my swiss chard looks like swiss cheese..I doused the eggplants and swiss chard with a "green" powder,can't remember the name right now, I hope it works.

  4. Karl, The never ending battle against the beasties that will eat our plants!

    Margaret, I am letting some of the volunteer tomato plants live in other parts of my garden just to see what they do.

    Stephanie, Anaheims sometimes come in hot and sometimes they don't. I hope for a milder pepeer this year because I want to stuff them with meat and cheese. Yummm...!