Being overwhelmed with produce makes it easier to leave some aside for saving seed. We tried a new variety of snow pea this year called Snow Wind that is mildew resistant and it produced fantastically! We'll be saving that, along with shell peas, snap peas, beans, arugula, spinach, parsnip, and whatever else I have time for!
As for the blight-stricken tomatoes, I'm pleased to say they are doing great! A friend suggested we remove most of the tomato leaves to help ripen the remaining tomatoes. In hindsight, this is something I should have done right away, both to help get the air flowing around the tomatoes and to prevent any contaminated leaves from touching the fruit. We also made a homemade spray of fermented garlic and ginger, given their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Last week I dared to hope that I'd be able to salvage what was left, but now I'm thinking that it will be possible! Since we've sprayed our solution, the tomatoes look fantastic and are ripening, the previously curled leaves have uncurled and are looking normal again, and there have been no more yellowing leaves since last Thursday. We plan to do another spray tonight, and then we'll repeat again if necessary.
Here is how our garden is growing this week (you can check out last week here):
The first of the garlic to be pulled. This is a hardneck variety suited for our northern weather, called Music. We get our bulbs for planting locally at the Garlic Garden.
Little fingers just itching to pull this yellow zucchini.
Basil: can you ever have too much?