Rain

Heavily overcast, lots of humidity, appears there might be some rain today, we hope.
We're watering by hose and soakers daily, particularly the pear and kumquat trees, hoping for a good crop. A little free water from Heaven might be a larger help.
Tomatoes have pretty much given up on producing fruit, pulled three that were not producing at all. They have gone to compost heaven now. The sweet chilies are really slowing down and the fruit is getting smaller. If we get a little rain we shall add a little fish fertilizer to possibly spur the plants into production again. The crowder peas are giving us a couple of cups of peas daily, which is pretty good considering there is only twelve feet of pea vines growing. They're still blooming and putting on pods. I think next year I will ignore the package instructions and just plant one pea per foot. Mainly because the vines are really long and eventually start shading the roots and younger runners. Cukes are slowing down too. Woke up to 89F this morning in the dark, still hot and humid. Thank you air conditioning.
The grass is growing like crazy though, I suspect the watering is giving the St. Augustine grass a kick to grow taller again. We're mowing weekly instead of bi-weekly. It's not a bad chore, we have a small property so everything is mowed, weed eaten, and done up nicely in about an hour, less if we push it harder.
Tilly Dawg is getting a little better, she's been on five pills a day for an infection plus the coughing, sneezing and wheezing. She's still doing the latter but not as often. Right now she's snoring on the cool floor and talking in her sleep. I just can't translate dog into American English. She's probably trying to get me to feed her more. <G>
Come on rain.
George
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George Shirley wrote: ...

i gave my brother a nice armful of cucumbers this morning. so he can feast on them. like us he likes to slice them up with onions and soak them in a little vinegar and sugar in some water.

i'll hope it works for you there. we managed to finally get an inch of rain the other morning. a few hours later not a single puddle to be found. been nice to not have to water for a change. should probably go out tomorrow and give the veggie gardens a drink. better to keep this clay evenly watered than to have to try to get it down to the plant roots on a hot day when it is too dry. don't want the tomatoes to get BER.
give Tilly a scritch for me. :)
songbird
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On 7/10/2016 6:21 PM, songbird wrote:

We do that too, without the sugar. Our parents did the same thing, something cool and crisp with a little bite when you come in from work.

Well, we didn't get any rain, the clouds flew away somewhere else and the sun came back with a vengeance. It's currently about 96F out back.
Tilly gets scritched quiet frequently, the neighborhood kids come by and ring the doorbell to see Tilly, she gets her scratching, petting and gives lots of wet smooches. Every morning and every evening she comes up to me to scratch her neck front, then turns around to get her butt scratched, then she's happy. She was really happy when we finished dinner, she got a little piece of bratwurst for being good.
George
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On 07/10/2016 05:27 PM, George Shirley wrote:

How long do you guys soak them for?
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On 7/11/2016 7:28 PM, T wrote:

For us it's about an hour before eating some. I like them better after they've soaked overnight. A few black peppercorns in the mix makes it better, but crack them, it's even better.
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On 07/11/2016 06:47 PM, George Shirley wrote:

:-) !!!
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T wrote:

until they're gone. :)

some people react to pepper... :( ... love it. it hates us.
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On 7/12/2016 6:54 AM, songbird wrote:

We love our pepper mill, nothing like fresh pepper on anything. So far we haven't had any problems, been doing it for over fifty years.
Picked a small bucket of crowder peas this morning before the really hot time. Plus several cukes, sweet peppers, etc. All gone to the church pantry today as we are swamped with the things. Might as well give them to those who don't have much and need it.
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George Shirley wrote: ...

i love the taste of it on a lot of things too, but i don't like what it does to the rest of me besides the tastebuds. Ma gets blisters in her mouth from it.

i watered everything good this morning while it was still cool enough. had sweat running down my back from just standing in the sun. beautiful day. i will be hiding inside for most of the afternoon reading and taking it easy. later on i'll see how long i can weed maybe 15-30 minutes at a time. we'll see. :)
the peppers are just starting to show up in any size now, and the tomatoes about golf ball sized. a lot of flowers. watering them good will help them set fruit on the hot days. rattle those flowers. :)
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On 07/12/2016 10:12 AM, songbird wrote:

So far I have one marble sized green cherry tomato. :'(
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T wrote: ...

there's flowers but i didn't stop to look to see if our one cherry tomato plant has any on it yet.
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On 07/12/2016 02:13 PM, songbird wrote:

Got lots of tomato flowers. Got about three eggplant flowers. Purslane is seeding like crazy. Tomatillos have flowers, I think. It is hard to tell.
Earwigs ate every last radish sprout.
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On 07/10/2016 04:21 PM, songbird wrote:

Not a sign of any rain here (Northern Nevada). Not even a thunderstorm. Weeds don't like it, so there is an upside. My favorite fishing pond is drying up, so their are numerous downsides
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On 7/11/2016 7:30 PM, T wrote:

We have several drinking water lakes around here, most are very large and we can fish, swim, sail, etc. on them too. I grew up in an area of Texas where you had to drill a well to get water as the rivers were heavily polluted at the time. Mostly have been pretty much cleaned up with minor exceptions, such as the San Jacinto River in Texas, look it up online.
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