Monday July 9th 2012 Tim
Rain is always nice, but after
such dryness a little moisture brings on molds and fungus. The
sort of things that can cause Tomato fruits to explode, their leaves to
turn white, then black, then shades of yellow just before they fall off.
All of which can be very traumatic for a Gardener. His delicate
little heart turns toward "who knows why," and the possibility of
perhaps never growing Tomato again.
The worst year for
exploding Tomato was as far away from now as maybe 2010. I can still
see the ooze and blotch and fizziness, and feel the shock of it. It
was dry then too, the ground just as deep into the darker adjectives and
such attributes as moroseness, depression, bitterness. But that year
of 2010, Tomato Vines had an uninterrupted view of compost piles, as well,
they could easily see their Gardener turn their fruits into pulp. This
year they have fallen Beans and melted Squash to keep company with, the
field to their South is brownish, and what happens to their fruit, I lie to
them, is the prettiest of their many shadows.