|A sucker growing from a tomato vine.|
I'm working on the laundry and also my back to school kids' clothing listings. I missed last year's back to school clothing sales because we were in the midst of all our moving and the clothes were in storage. So, now I'm just overwhelmed with clothes. I listed my short sleeved boy's stuff from 18 months to 3T and my girl's size 6/6X, but I still have probably 8 more big tubs and boxes as well as shoes. Between that and the regular laundry, I feel like I'm buried under an endless pile of children's garments! Make sure to check my store for great children's clothing: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.
Another thing I worked on yesterday and today is pinching back suckers on my tomato plants. Suckers are the stems that grow in the intersection of two Y-shaped branches of the plant. These won't produce fruit, so if you let them grow large they will give you a very tall, full plant with few tomatoes. There are suckers growing continually, so I am as vigilant about pinching them back as I am about weeding, maybe even more so!
|Here is a sucker I missed when it was small.|
|A large sucker can be pinched off the plant and rooted in water.|
Our yard fared okay on Saturday and I hoped we were out of it, but we had a violent thunderstorm Sunday with high wind and another deluge. This time my garden didn't make it through unscathed. Several of my larger tomatoes and part of the fencing I use as a trellis for them toppled over. Many of the branches were bent or broken, so I might end up having to window-ripen a few tomatoes early when they are fairly small. I'm keeping an eye on them. The rhubarb is looking pretty sad and bent as well. It will be good for me to have some small plants in the wings to take over if the broken plants die.
|After about a week, the sucker will root and can be planted in the garden.|