A Rare Rainy Day

| 7/20/2012 10:25:48 AM

The rain, and whether we get some or not, is the main topic of conversation on Facebook and other social media sites. Gardeners and farmers alike are watching the weather and willing the green and red splotches to venture into their backyard. Today it is our turn and a gentle rain has been falling since dawn. I don’t know how much will end up in the rain gauge but natural rain refreshes the garden in a way that plain watering, however well done, does not.  

Maybe it is the clouds that hang around and allow the water to be absorbed by the whole plant rather than just the root systems. The accumulated dust is washed off leaving the landscape clean and bright. One rainy day will be enough though for me.  

The cooler temperatures will also be great for the tomatoes who should be putting out new flowers all through July and August so that the fruit will ripen in plenty of time to avoid the first frost of the year. I have a variety called Japanese Black Trifele which is a potato leaf variety. The palm shaped leaves are enormous and apparently the plants are known to produce a bumper harvest, so I am eagerly waiting for my first ones to ripen.  

Large leaf tomato 

Another oddity in the garden is a basil plant that is one of the large leaf varieties. It has managed to come out with purple splotches on the upper surfaces of the leaves and purple on the underside. According to Renee Shepherd it is probably one of the ornamental varieties that managed to get into the packet of seed but however it got there, it is interesting and fun to watch. I plan on isolating it to save the seed and see what I get next year. 

 Purple Salad Leaf Basil 

9/5/2012 4:06:58 PM

Dave - yes that was the grafted tomato and my most recent post shows the fruit. I have not had any issues with these at all and they have all grown very well - particularly when you consider the issues of weather this year.

7/22/2012 12:48:01 PM

Kate, are those some of your grafted tomatoes? Your mention of grafted tomatoes in an earlier post has really caught my interest. I will be trying to root some tomato cuttings. I've heard that if a branch is snipped off the main plant and placed in water it will generate roots and can be planted. I have tried everything that I know how to do for rain to come to our area. I hand washed my truck and watered the grass which I seldom do but nothing seems to work. Rain comes all around us but nothing drops in Nebraska. We haven't received any rain since June 22. June was a good month for rain but July, which is supposed to have an average rain fall of 4 inches, has not produced any. Hopefully we will get some soon. Have a great day in the garden.

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