This is what the back garden looked like just two weeks ago, August 26, 2014:
Then we had a heat wave and I didn’t work in the garden other than to harvest. I can’t take the heat and especially can’t take the humidity.
Here is what the garden looked like yesterday – September 7, 2014:
The tomatoes grew to a point of bending or breaking their bamboo stakes and then the sweet potatoes grew right over them, nearly smothering them.
Note to self: Don’t plant sweet potatoes around tomato plants for 2015 — they need their own garden, and a big one at that!
Seeing as the tomatoes were practically buried under the sweet potato vines, I had to do something. I spent a couple of hours trimming the sweet potato vines and pruning and re-staking the tomato plants. The tomato plants were so overgrown that I had to use shepherds hooks that Hubby cut down for me to hold the over flowing vines. There were some plants that were more than five-feet tall.
This is what the pruned and trimmed garden looks like, September 8, 2014:
I can actually see the dirt around the tomato plants now, not to mention I found a few plants that had been completely covered by the sweet potato vines that would have been lost forever had I not gotten in there to tame this nearly out-of-control jungle.
The hot and humid weather was great for the garden and gave it one last boost before the cooler weather of fall begins its reign, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.