We’ve had four great podcasts in which we had the chance to visit with smart folks who have much to teach us, but it’s been quite a while since we brought you up to date on what we’ve been seeing and doing here on the farm. So that’s what we cover today.
I was delighted and grateful to have Adrian’s help this week clearing land for our pecan trees. The clearing is going more slowly than I would like, but I was able to move much faster with her help clearing branches away as I cut with the chain saw. We also got Adrian up on Scamp (we didn’t let Oddie stay long on the deck – it’s not safe for him to be there when she needs full pedal access). In the podcast, Amanda and I also talk about our harvest of sweet potatoes, muscadines, and persimmons, and Amanda reviews her progress and challenges with this year’s Second Chance garden and the fall brassica plantings. We also recall together how much fun it was to use our fire pit for the foyer group from our church.
As promised, here’s more info on the worm that’s showing up in Amanda’s Second Chance tomatoes. It’s called a tomato fruitworm. Here are two pictures, a juvenile on the left and an adult on the right. The main recommendation to control tomato fruitworms is to exclude them with netting or row cover. It’s too late for us to do that because the tomatoes are already blooming and fruiting, and we have no interest in spraying poison, so we’re simply waiting patiently for their predators to find them.