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    Those bellflowers are really cool.

    Well, it's finally happened. After months of nonstop rain I've thrown in the towel on most of the garden this year.

    I lost the zinnias to bacterial disease, the tomatoes to blossom end rot and fungus, the gladioli all got knocked over and rotted, the crocosmia got attacked by spider mites and scale (I thought the high humidity would help fight the mites, but not so much), all of my sages got constantly attacked by slugs; plus I lost most of my greens to root rot even though they were in a raised bed, and you don't even want to know about the squash.

    I've just come in from ripping all that stuff out and throwing it over the back hill. I'm not even going to try and compost it with all of the disease and bugs.

    My bright spot has been the watermelons, which looked great all year but didn't produce female flowers until last week when the rain slowed - I have at least four good growers, which I'll call a success given all else. I've never tried them before, so it cracks me up that my successful crop is the one about which I know nothing. In past years, my neighbors called me the tomato king. I supplied the whole street with endless heirloom varieties, and fought diseases off with ninja-like focus.

    But we had 22 days of deluge in July, and there was no stopping the carnage. Ah well, in a few weeks, the watermelon's on me!

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 07:57:16 AM PDT

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