While out for a drive…

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Tomatoes

Vegetable Garden @ Sarge’s

photo: cleaning up the tomato garden

Out with the old!

Sarge’s Cache Creek vegetable garden is officially discontinued for the winter. I made the last picking this morning. Three quarters of the garden was in tomatoes; hopefully there will be more of a variety of vegetables next year.
The cucumbers did fine in the more shaded part of the garden; but I think that the squash should be moved back to a sunnier area.
In my garden downtown the bell peppers are very productive right now; I think that they would make a fine addition to the Cache Creek garden next year. But right now I need to finish clearing out these old vines.

Sarge’s Cache Creek Vegetable Garden

photo of variagated tomato pigment

Interesting tomato coloration!

It’s about time to start planning for next year’s vegetable garden. The squash and cucumbers have quit producing; but the tomatoes still have some life in them. They’re probably good for a couple more light pickings. Some of the tomatoes on these old vines get some interesting pigment variations. I found this one particularly interesting.

Western Spotted Orb Weaver

western spotted orb weaver

Trapped!

The other morning I was out gathering tomatoes in the vegetable garden at Sarge’s. As I walked between the plants I suddenly fell into a large web of the Western Spotted Orb Weaver (a large and impressive garden spider). ” Boy, this stuff is really sticky and strong!” Then before I knew what was happening; there she was grabbing and spinning me with those eight huge legs, wrapping me tightly in a prison of webbing. Soon I was immobilized and staring into her malevolent jaws! Terrified, I expected my immediate demise; but then she moved off to another portion of the web.
As she was eyeing other prey I saw my chance; working quietly with my freshly sharpened pocket knife, I began to cut away the strands, one by one. Soon I was free, and no worse for wear, I continued picking my tomatoes; keeping an eye out for other predators.

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