I have two sad items of news to report. One of them is that I have really misplaced my good camera, the one I probably used to take the following photographs. Without that camera, I’m limited to grainy iPhone snaps, or (lord forbid) the marginally better (or not) pictures I might take by digging out my old Sony Ericsson CyberShot cell phone, which once was good but became distorted through the kinds of mishaps that phones can get into.

The second, was that the beautiful cucumbers that took off, making up for the dismal start to my backyard garden, well, most of them got cucumber wilt, a bacterial disease transmitted by cucumber beetles, and I did see one of them – oh, how annoying! I did a paper on them only a few months ago, which I’ve uploaded, warts and all, to Scribd. It’s dry, it’s chunky, it’s a synthesis of a lot of information out there. It’s useful to the organic farmer planting a good couple of rows of cucurbits.

The bad news is over, just as the growing season soon will be. I’m planning my garden changes so that next year’s is that much more productive – the gardens near to me with greater supports and resources were more lush, and this is what I want – a proper grow fence down the meridian of the front yard, and a rain barrel with a seeping hose so that I can better serve the water needs of my front garden. As for the back garden: lots of compost enrichment this fall, soil testing in the spring, liming it, and getting things better prepared earlier in the season.

Here are photos of my garden two weeks ago, when the drought finally ended. You can see tiny watermelons (that didn’t make it – it’s a mystery what happened to them) – and a new watermelon sprout with attendant tomatoes, basil, and a small pepper plant. The cool weather has brought on more new growth.


The chicken-wire barricade there is my rabbit fence – not like it stops them, it only slows them down. There’s tasty, tasty clover to be had…

And my first fruits of the garden – not counting a handful of curly yellow beans – are these delicious cherry tomatoes. The parent plant is very prolific. I am looking forward to having more of them this coming weekend, when I return to Montreal from my parents’ home in Ontario.