My father-in-law would use that phrase whenever he wanted to express something happening that wasn’t a good thing. He wouldn’t pronounce it “hour”, though. It was “ARE”. And it is a sad are. He knew how to say it correctly but it seemed to be a more depressed statement being mispronounced.
Here’s the sad state of affairs in my Square Foot Garden:
Many many of my tomatoes look pretty much the same way and I don’t think the plants can be rescued. From what I have read of the condition, many of the Bonnie Nursery plants were affected and have been recalled and destroyed. That doesn’t help me or mine, though. It’s uncertain if the blight originated with Bonnie or if it’s more evident because it’s the largest provider of plants. It’s very contagious but isn’t dangerous to humans. Except to my feelings and they are crushed.
Had I used a fungicide when I first set them out and used it periodically over the weeks, I probably would have been able to head it off at the pass but there’s nothing to do now except hope that I can get a few good tomatoes, at least. Thankfully, there are sources where I can buy them locally so I won’t go hungry OR tomato-less.
Now to the rest of the update. As you may recall, the water situation has been tenuous, at best so last Sunday, my neighbors finished up the Soaker Hose/Water From the Cistern Under Their House Project. In this first picture, you can see the hose that goes to the tomato/pepper box. The hose is barely visible in the left foreground. There’s a tomato that just might eventually be edible.
Here’s the one in the watermelon/cucumber/pepper bed.
The source hose is on a reel.
There’s a switch just inside the door to the crawl space under their house and all I have to do is pull the hose to the boxes, hook it up and flip the switch. It’s set to come out in a trickle. I have yet to use it because we have been having a LOT of rain. All my containers are full except for the ones that leak but the pump is there when I need it which is a load off my mind.
My Pink German Queens don’t seem to be as prone to disease as the other tomatoes. The one that’s ripening is the strange blossom one.
I still haven’t mastered taking pictures of the peppers. This is the sharpest one I could get. Maybe practice will make perfect?
I sacrificed this cucumber for supper. They aren’t getting as big as they are supposed to but they surely are yummy! Actually, the size is better for me. I can eat two of these in a day, easy.
Here’s the Black Diamond watermelon I took a picture of last week.
I took another picture that approximated the size and position of last week’s picture and here they are side by side. I can’t really tell if it’s grown much or not.
I guess it has. My neighbor put the cardboard under it to keep it off the ground. Maybe he hasn’t been able to find any straw yet?
There’s no doubt the Crimson Sweets are growing. This one was about the size of a golf ball or a hair bigger last week and this week, it’s more like a softball.
I love my cucumber trellis. It’s also the best place to shop for fresh cukes.
Here’s another view of the cucumbers.
These are my volunteer cherry tomatoes. I do hope they will be okay.
This has been a Live and Learn period in my life. I could have done without it but I can guarantee next year will be different, hopefully better.