The tomatoes vines were ripped from their summer bed today. 12 plants that grew about 9’ tall was quite a jungle to mow down. I started by hand; but Farmer MacGregor came to the rescue with a gasoline powered gizmo that made quick work to the labor. Not only were the vines dislodged but their parasites were hopping all over the place. Farmer MacGregor had them locked onto his T-shirt. One flew into my hair on my neck. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww! That was it. War was in full swing. I used my hands, feet, pruners, and shovel to push these creepy creeps to the other side of life. Farmer MacGregor used one of his size 10 1/2 sneakers to smash the buggers into the wall they were clinging.There’s gobs more hanging out in the spent tomato vines. Once there is room in the green waste we will have another battle. Hopefully, the birds will swoop in and help themselves to a Sunday banquet. Hornworms, caterpillars, and grubs were cleaned out of the garden as well as the smashed hoppers.
Plans are to have the beds prepped and planted by Saturday, October 1 (or there abouts).
PS – Good news to anyone heading to Bakersfield. The high today is only expected to reach 79°! That won’t last long though. Mama Nature will probably keep testing us well into October.