is doing pretty well now. We have most of the weeds under control but
I need a couple more mornings to finish up. I can get in about 2
hours between 6 and 9 am. Then it is well on its way to 90.
The cukes are almost overridden by weeds
George, I wish we had some of your rain here. We watered peppers &
squash yesterday and the sprinkler is going on the tomatoes right now.
Zukes have both and male & female flowers but haven't seen any insects
yet. The cukes are flowering and waiting for the weeds to get pulled.
The peppers have fruit, at least the pimento and jalapeño do. Tomatoes
are every where from no flowers yet to fruit that is almost up to
size, if as I assume, they are Early Girl. Waiting for the
blueberries to get fully ripe. We have them netted but birds still
sometimes get in. It is fun to watch them trying to get out.
Guess I better get started on some of the things in the house.
i've never been much of a morning person so it's
tough for me to get out and moving before it gets
too hot&humid. some evenings lately have been
cooler with a nice breeze and that helps a lot.
i picked some strawberries last night and again
this morning, enough so that we could have shortcake
for a few days and so Ma could take some to my
i hope your back is holding out ok?
you are pretty forgiving! :)
i hear ya, after a little puttering this morning i
decided today is a day of taking a break and doing only
light stuff. [as i write this Ma comes in with two
boxes of strawberries and she wants to make jam later...]
We got hammered again today Susan. About four inches starting around
1000 and lasting until after lunch. Came in bursts of heavy rain.
Weather folk say that is the last of Tropical Storm Bill, I hope they're
Zukes and yellow squash have been pulled as the squash borers got to
them. Planted two more young yellow squash plants. Sweet chiles are
making like gangbusters again. I think it is because the zukes are no
longer shading them. Tomatoes are going crazy, we're freezing them,
eating them, giving them away, making tomato dishes and freezing them.
DW planted entirely to many tomato plants for two old people and, of
course, all our family and neighbors did the same. Cucumbers are, I
hope, on the decline. There are only so many cukes two people can eat.
Eggplant are coming in like gangbusters but we are making moussaka,
fritters, roll ups, etc. out of them so we will have many good meals
Crowder peas and lima beans are making out well and our Trucker's
Favorite single corn stalk has an ear building, can hardly wait for that
one. Lots of figs on our young fig tree and, like you, we have it netted
due to the !@#$ mockingbirds that raid every chance they get.
Why? Gardening, reading, watching TV, are all better than housework. <G>
T.S. Bill's about 100 miles west and a little south of us right now and
headed our way , we expect him to blow thru between 8 and 12 this evening .
We've been getting off-n-on heavy rain since early yesterday . Timing was
just about perfect , it was getting kinda dry out in the garden .
Red Ripper and Whipoorwill peas that I planted a few days ago have
sprouted , going like gangbusters . My other in law suggested today I can
still plant some of those Mattie Beane beans , it'll just be a late crop ...
shucks , our first freeze here isn't usually until mid-October so she's
right , I've got like 120 days til then . Tomorrow , today's shot and I
gotta figure out where to put 'em .
Sure wish the CO-OP would get some straw in , it works swell to smother
We use newspaper to smother any weeds that come up. Put down triple
layers and wet them, then, if available, toss a little dirt on top. News
print today is not made with harmful chemicals any more and the ink is
made of pine rosin and soy oils. Even the comic strips today are made of
clay ink instead of chemicals.
Found out the above many years ago when I was doing a fire and safety
review for a company that got the pine rosin out of the pine timber they
were cutting and turning into wood products. Was an interesting concept
and did away with the old sulphuric acid and other "bad" chemicals that
were used prior to that.
Thanks for asking. I had back surgery last fall after about 3 months
of flat on my back and living on pain meds. The surgery went well and
I have pretty much recovered. Still careful about lifting anything
too heavy but completely off of pain meds.
All of the weeds this year are a reminder to do some more prep in the
garden area. A few years ago I put a few layers of newspaper around
the base of the tomatoes and covered it with grass clippings. Did a
great job of keeping the weeds down.
We just got about 10 minutes of rain. Actually happy that it didn't
really pour because we watered peppers and squash on Wednesday and
tomatoes & watermelons yesterday. Now if it will dry enough for me to
get the rest of the weeds out. I can manage about 2 hours early in
the morning and after that it is too hot.
Time to get the pizza going.
Been there, done that. Had a disc removed eons ago, then in 2005 it hit
me in the same spot. The second time the docs went in and removed the
scar tissue that was impinging on the nerves. Said probably will happen
again as I scar easily. Sometimes you forget about the lifting problem
and then it really hurts again. Just keep your memory going.
I shred all the paper that comes across my desk, particularly and
financial papers. Dump it into a plastic bag and, eventually, it becomes
a layer around some plant and wet down occasionally. Works pretty good
for ground cover and then for compost.
Left over pasta tonight here, I still can't get the hang of cooking for
two. Usually just package it and put half in the freezer for another
day, freezer is full, lots of goodies coming in from the garden. We put
up a fairly large pan of moussaka yesterday, cut into the amount of
eggplant we're harvesting.
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