Yesterday was beautiful, but exhausting. Sabrina had mowed the lawn on Friday and it looked great. Our sunflowers had started to bloom (although we lost a giant sunflower in the center flower bed from the storm). I got an early start and spent the first two hours weeding and trimming overgrown raspberry bushes. While I found a handful of black raspberries, the berry season is essentially over. We still, however, have some blueberries along the alleys. I also cut the raspberry canes that were covering our blueberry bushes. I planted some more basil in our herb garden and wherever I could find some empty space. I staked some of the taller sunflowers that were leaning after Wednesday’s storm.
My biggest joy for the day was to discover that someone had weeded the boys' overgrown plot. DeShaun and his friends have not yet grown to love weeding and I've been internally debating the need to demonstrate the consequences of that decision. However, on Friday, someone apparently did a fantastic job of weeding the plot and pounding in the tomato stakes. I suspected Charlie, but he denied it. Neal would admit only to pounding in the tomato stakes. Charlie thought Antoinette helped them . . . . I will have to investigate this further:-)
Charlie came by with a friend to finish weeding the jungle that had been his plot. He then planted some melon and sweet potatoes where he used to have lettuce and onions. Chelsea came to weed her plot. Neal stopped by to look at his plot and chat with Charlie and Chelsea. I spent my last two hours harvesting and my glutes are still sore. I also chatted a bit with Veronica and Orlando Anthony next door.
As for the upcoming week. We've received a lot of rain which has caused our tomatoes to swell. That's a good thing. However, the upcoming heat wave will cause their skins to thicken. If it's another week to 10 days before they are watered again, we'll be faced with two problems: splitting tomatoes and black bottoms. So, don't forget to water your tomatoes mid-week to keep the moisture level somewhat consistent.