Despite the weather issues, despite the fungus, despite being both crazy busy and having nothing to do except water and moan about bugs... and the whole pandemic thing- the tomato haul so far is intense. I've already been gushing about the Spike- and that was a real dark horse in terms of yields, if not … Continue reading The best and biggest surprise(s)- Black Krim the clear winner in the tomato adventure
So it's July in San Francisco- one of the most consistently warm Julys in a while. This is good- It means the tomatoes are growing, ripening and should be nice and tasty. It also means the fungal issues that plague tomatoes in this city are only a little horrific- instead of nightmarish. It also means … Continue reading July’s Continuing tomato mis-adventures
Alright, it's still raining periodically, but that's no excuse. It was much worse last year, and I have too much to do to be idle. But oh what a mess. It's just wall to wall shrooms in the shade herb bed- but that's not the only fungus among us. The weird cat hair like mycelium … Continue reading Digging out from under the mire
So after a good proper storming we're in a dry period, and I can tally the damage. The verdict? Not great! It looks like the mildew issues in the 4x4 bed have outlived the squash vines, as these little mold filaments show. At first I thought they were some sort of cat hair- but no, … Continue reading Wind, rain, fog; the effects of wild weather can still be felt after.
Powdery mildew is a type of fungus that looks like flour dusted on a plant. It's not harmful to people- just plants. But it's pretty harmful to plants. Look, not to make a pun, but there are fungus among-us. They live in the soil, in the air, on our feet, and largely they're harmless. Until … Continue reading Powdery mildew, the bane of San Francisco or; how to save a squash vine maybe