Tasks: Harvesting the remaining beets and carrots as well as a pound of early tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, a few peppers, a big pile of Asian cucumbers and lots of long beans. Beyond that we were busy weeding and deadheading to get the garden spruced up for Tomato Day today.
Observations: The herbs, especially the basils, are looking great. The swallowtail butterfly caterpillars continue to enjoy the fennel. Some of the peppers in the Asian garden are turning a brilliant red, almost ready to pick and dry.
Challenges: Bean leaf beetles have been chewing up the long bean vines and the lima beans, and rotenone dust has not been effective, so we sprayed with permethrin, a slightly stronger insecticide. Plant Pathology diagnosed the fall-bearing raspberries as having Phytophthora root rot, a fungal disease caused by having raspberries planted in clay soil in a year with tons of rain. At this point, the berries are starting to ripen, so there isn't anything we can do.
Anticipated next week: We'll be starting to plant some vegetables for fall and overwintering soon, as well as continuing to harvest all the great summer vegetables.