I've been gone for a week, and -- says the taxi driver, who also had strong views of the state of the country and the virtues of barter -- it rained every day.
And so, almost nothing ripened, but on the other hand, almost nothing split or rotted either. And today is sunny, and we are only going to have two days of intermittent thunderstorms next week -- says weather.com.
So, I'm trying to cultivate a Zen-like calm, because, apparently, the plants are smarter than I am:
I'm working on the theory that the tomatoes didn't split because I didn't cut back the plants at all, so the water had "someplace to go," that being the leaves and vines, not the fruit.
And by the same token, I'm going to resist the temptation to cut back on the vines so that the sun can get at the tomatos and ripen them (since somebody here told me that the real danger of splitting comes when the rain stops and the sun comes out).
And my winter squash are doing great. Did I mention I put little planks under them so that they didn't contact the earth and rot? That seems to be working, and it's amazing how fast the things can grow in a week -- from a flower to the size of a tomato. The planks may seem obsessive, but on the other hand, winter squash as $2.79 a pound in the market, and half of one is a meal.