2017 Harvest

Saturday, September 17, 2016

18 months of joy

18 months ago our daily routine changed very abruptly. At one moment we were having our normal daily chores and daily Nero walks and in the next we had a new family member.
Srećko came in our lives and made a complete mess of it.

Poor little doggy beaten, abused and abandoned in our front yard became one of our biggest worries.
Not only was he abandoned, but also his previous owners didn't teach him anything so we had a major task in front of us.
When he came he was very skinny and afraid.

But with time we managed to fix that.

We learned how to sleep under the bed...

Sunbath on the flowerbed

Enjoy the warmth of the bed

We also learned how to collect every single burdock

How to disassemble a quilt

How to walk on the leash

and discovered every stump bowl in the forest

We turned a new reading chair into dog bed

 and we're very happy about it

We learned we shouldn't bite our owners...except for when we're playing

But our biggest lesson was that there is nothing better than a morning cuddle

 We still have plenty of things to learn. Like how we shouldn't bark and chase the cars when we're taking a walk and that snakes and bugs are not food. But we'll get to that, as soon as we learn that windows are not a sitting bench.

I think we did pretty good in our 18 months of joy.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tomato trouble

This has been a very though year for tomatoes. From an early start year has been very cold with temperatures around the 0°C so my tomatoes had a slow start, which continued with June in which the ground was too cold and there was too little sun for them to grow adequately. The beginning of July brought big amounts of rain and temperatures above 25°C which are perfect for early blight, so this also slowed down my tomatoes.

All this combined to give me one of the latest first harvests so far. Most of my tomatoes are just starting to ripe and some of them still haven't had first red tomatoes. So far the most tomatoes I have harvested were black and small red ones while big red varieties are having trouble with getting red.
We're also having problems with cracking of the fruit due to the excess water we've been having. I try to harvest my tomatoes before the rain. I collect every tomato that shows a bit of colour but still if we get 2 or 3 days of rain the ones that were green before have cracks by the time I can get in the garden again.

Morning fogs aren't helping also so there is lot of diseases in the tomatoes. Viva Italia is again struck by the blossom end rot. Every year when the weather is not tomato perfect it gets infected. Other varieties are starting to show rotten spots on the fruits too.

As if the year was not bad enough I will not be collecting any seeds this year. The reason is simple, I have no idea which variety is where.
Like every year I wrote small labels and placed them by each pole to know which variety is where. Only this year my pen wasn't waterproof like it was supposed to be. Now I have a bunch of white little bits with no or hard to read names on them.
I guess I'll have to do with the seeds I saved last year and try to acquire new seeds from some varieties I used this year.

This could be Pierce's pride...or mountain pride. all I can see that it is an indeterminate tomato...like 170 others :D

Still I'm happy that I harvest few tomatoes each week. Enough to eat them fresh. I won't be having any tomatoes for cooking but still will be happy with what I get.