Since my DH retired it seems we are getting our garden planted later
and later. We used to have dates by which things got done but it
seems we are on 'Island Time' now, and things have changed around us
NASCAR changing the date of the Monster Mile race by moving it back 2
weeks is a real pain. We used to shoot for the end of May to be all
planted and flowered in our beds. Then Sons Birthday, and mine 3 weeks
later and the ensuing celebrations, it's all messed up.
Can't put stuff in too early or it might frost......sometimes it
seems the universe is scheming against our plans!!!!
I guess we just have to do less partying and hosting and get down to
the really important stuff......or IS that the important
Nan in DE
You spent too much time trying to find that Richie, richie,richie bird
and your garden got neglected. ;-).
Seriously, congratulations on getting it all planted. I retired many
years ago and it seems the planting has finished later every year
since then. We won't even get some things planted this year because
our season isn't long enough to make it worthwhile ;-(.
Southern Ontario, Canada.
AgCanada Zone 5b
43º 17' 26.75" North
80º 13' 29.46" West
Oh Ross that isn't what I wanted to hear!! Seriously, sorry you missed
a garden this year. Better luck in 2011!!
Billy, why doncha cross the bridge and head south on rt 13 for Dover
and see one of the NASCAR races in person? 2 x a year, May and the
end of Sept they go fast and turn left!! There is a lot more to it
than cars going around in circles.
And Delaware is tax free shopping too.
Thanks for the correction. Well at least you know the way should you
decide to go to the races.
Oddly enough we do not go to the races anymore. We're both pushing at
70 yrs, and it's just too damn much trouble to get there 3 hrs early
to get parking anywhere near the stadium, and Dover is so stinkin' bad
at getting you out of their parking areas that it takes almost 3 hrs
to get home, just 14 miles away. And the prices constantly going up
was another, but not the deciding factor. We take the tv out next to
the pool and float and watch. Getting DH a new tv for fathers day, the
old 20 incher is getting too heavy to carry out and up and down steps
to poolside. The new one should be a cinch.
Take care, and happy gardening. I was from S Jersey when I graduated
HS(Woodstown) and lived in Piscataway, Plainfield, then Lakewood for
22 years til we moved to west of Dover 19 yrs ago.
Oh, I ain't dissin' NASCAR. It just don't spin my wheels,
but they aren't alone. We got two baseball teams, two basketball teams,
two college football teams, and a hockey team that I can't get worked up
over either. My gesture towards the irrelevant ends with football (two
teams: 49ers & Raiders). The 9ers are more fun to watch (but not much
since Eddie DiBartolo left), but the crowd is white on white. The
Raiders are less interesting to watch, but their fans are the best. For
the most part, they give me a reason to set myself down, on my one day
off during the season, and do nothing, while watching others do serious
damage to their own bodies.
A couple of years back, I couldn't even get into my garden until mid-May,
because of all the April rain. That year and the subsequent year, I
learned about leaving lids on germination trays when you put them
outside to harden off (Fried! and I had to restart a couple of times).
This year, because of good weather, I had peas in the ground by
mid-March, and tomatoes by mid-April (an all time best for me, and only
possible because I wrapped the beds with clear plastic to heat the soil).
"Lasagna gardening"/"sheet mulching" (no dig), in conjunction with drip
irrigation, is the easiest way to garden, and the earthworms have never
been so large. We just had our first tomato, Stupice (60 days), and 2
more are coloring up. The Marmande (67 days), and both the Glaciers (65
days) have green fruit.
The last 6 weeks have seen our garden explode (potatoes from 5" are up
to nearly 5', where Mr. Coon hasn't trampled them, tomatoes from 6" -
12" now 3' - 4.5', summer squash from 6" in diameter to 4' now, and we
get 4 salads a week from the lettuce, with a veritable tsunami of
lettuce almost ready to plant). Melons not doing much (no plastic),
peppers are putting along, and setting fruit but only 12" tall.
We had an unusually rainy May, and a couple of days of rain in June,
most unusual for here. Our first 90°F day was yesterday, and today
promises to be the same, but then it will cool off some.
Seems the gardening never ends One of our trellises is scheduled to be
switched over from peas to climbing squash around the 1st of July, but
the squash (Zucca) is setting fruit so I planted it as carefully as I
could under the trellis. The peas are hitting on all 8 cylinders at
present. Think I found the Scotch Bonnet peppers in a misplaced six-pack
(3 in one cell). I re-potted and I'm leaving them under the grow-light
on a 12 hr. cycle day/night, hoping to speed them up.
Glad you got your garden in. I doubt that you did any harm, except delay
your gratification of that first tomato. From looking at the way our
garden is performing, I think I could have waited another month, because
with the good weather, the plants are movin' on up. In another 60 days,
you'll have the best veggies at your NASCAR tailgate party.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
Ross, I've finally decided it must be the common yellowthroat that
stays in the trees. The area behind us is swampy and that is one of
it's habitats. All the others mentioned feed at our feeders, and I
pretty well know their calls. Haven't heard the Richie bird in a
couple of days, maybe he was just passin' thru. We are on a migratory
path, it's so neat to see your whole lawn & woods covered in robins,
flippin' over leaves in the woods. It looks like the woods are
alive!!. Jack Russell terrorista loves to go give 'em hell every now
and then, just 'cause.
You're a month late. Guess it depends what you put into ground. I got
an early start on tomatoes and should harvest first before 4th of July.
All I can say about NASCAR, is thank God route 1 bypasses Dover ;)
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