Looks like we have been graced with the gardeners blessing of a gentle
rain and a little thunder and lightning.
I don't remember the last time it rained here but it is coming down
pretty good now. Maybe our water and electric bills will go down to
Peeked out at the garden and the cantaloupes seem to have gotten bigger
overnight and the tomatoes are blooming again. Haven't looked out front
yet but I would bet that the pear tree is perking up and Our Lady's
flowers are too. Rain in August in Texas is a true blessing for gardeners.
I guess Ma Nature thought I was trying to one-up her . I started
watering a couple of weeks ago and we're back in the pattern of rain
every 3 or 4 days again . Okra and cukes are going great guns , 'maters
have a lot of fruit on them but none ripe yet . Got a few of what I
think are butternut squash on the vines but no pumpkins or acorns yet .
And one lonely little straight neck summer squash ...
Too much rain here in DE at times. I have not had to water lawn once
this summer. Guy that grows and sells tomatoes up the road said it was
ruining his plants and splitting too many tomatoes.
Then as luck would have it, my next door neighbor's well was running dry
and he needed a new one. Only 20 ft away but now new well is fine.
We have some sort of tiny wasp here that plant their eggs in squash bugs
and vine borers eggs and the adults too. Doesn't mean the bad bugs don't
wreck havoc but the little wasps sure do a good job.
There's probably 30,000 homes around us but we still have some areas of
wilderness here and there. There's a pine forest behind us about two
hundred feet and our area for catching flood water is just behind our house.
We have loads of Mocking birds and they peck a few tomatoes but they
also eat a lot of insects. Then there's the house sparrows, and, at
night the barn swallows and other such birds are circling eating
mosquitoes and anything else of bug nature.
It would really be nice if the state wasn't putting in two more traffic
lanes to the already four lanes three blocks from here. I hear traffic
most of the day and night but I thank the drivers for mushing bugs as
they go by. <VBG>
Just took apart a 20 year old office chair and turned the bottom part
into a roll around plant stand for the boss lady. She did let me buy
another chair too. I guess it's because I keep the household accounts
keep things clean.
Took a peek at the cantaloupes on the vine, seems the rain has helped
them get bigger and more juicier.
Wife likes cantaloupe but I'm not really fond of them. Grew up eating
watermelons and don't care much for them anymore either. Tree fruit of
any kind is my favorite. The trick to growing cantaloupe is lots of
water. The more water cantaloupe and watermelon get the bigger and
sweeter they get.
Still raining off and on, weather folks say for the next week will rain.
Still 'rassling with that pot stand, seems I will have to go to Lowe's
tomorrow to get some nuts to fit to do what I want. Probably going to
need some other things too. <G> Got tons of nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
from when I was a gunsmith and a lot of stuff that I took apart to dump
and kept the nuts, bolts, and screws. All neatly labeled in a cabinet
but none fit what I need.
are you in the south?
i'm thinking that if you start the plants
indoors early enough you can get a better
start on them and perhaps the stems can
be more resistant to the bugs then...
might be worth a try. :)
Come January or February I get the bug to start plants, and we have a
small greenhouse, too, but it's not finished, yet. I have lots of
intentions of doing all sorts of things, but then way-layed by real life!
My wife takes care of the small lawn and the small raised bed gardens
and also, her churches "Poor" garden, which is much more prolific then
our garden. She harvested a bushel of Longhorn okra yesterday and we had
fried okra for dinner, the rest went to the Poor Pantry. Seems the folks
that go there for food like okra too.
The church garden has been operating over thirty years now and all the
refuse going back into the soil makes it really rich soil. The church
has a state of the art composter and the whole place gets mowed every
week plus all the detritus from the poor pantry.
We get three newspapers a week and they get shredded after reading and
go into our composter along with the kitchen cleanings so we're slowly
turning our raised beds into fertile soil. Funny thing, one cantaloupe
was growing in a corner of the bed, it had two flat sides and one round
side but was still edible. I'm thinking of making a square box for
another fruit to grow in. The great grands would get a kick out of a
square cantaloupe. <G>
On Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:44:10 AM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
I built a box to fit around one of my Red October pumpkins in hopes of getting a cubic pumpkin.
I'll post the results here in a couple of months. I'd like to build a dodecahedron box but that's a project for the coming winter.
I had a friend, now deceased, who put a six inch wide plastic pipe over
a watermelon and let it grow in the pipe. Was a very strange melon but
it was tasty and he cut it in rounds so it was also funny.
I suspect that many "strange" gardeners have done those things just for
the helluva it.
He cut the pipe down the length on two sides and popped it out. I didn't
see the part where he got it out but I did see the melon and actually
ate some of it. I don't think he did it again though. He was a quirky
kind of guy who, unfortunately, died sooner than he should have. I still
have good memories of some of the things he tried with his vegetable
On Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:06:12 AM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
I was thinking of cutting the pipe into two sections, lengthwise, and using large hose clamps to hold it together during growing season. It could then be disassembled without risking damage to the melon.
He obviously didn't think of that, nor did I. Your version will be much
easier to get the melon out without destroying it. Do it and post a
picture here and we will all get a good laugh. Most gardeners do quirky
things from time to time. Like the lemon tree I grew years ago and
wrapped it around a six inch diameter post to get it started. I grew
well and gave us fruit for several years until a hurricane blew a lot of
stuff away but we still had the house. This was in Louisiana and
everyone there knew how to protect a house but not so much for fruit
trees in a bucket. <G>
In our long marriage we have had a rabbitry, both for eating the meat
but also showing around Texas. We had milk goats, a milk cow, lots of
chickens, ducks, pigeons, if it was edible we would grow it and eat it.
At our age now we don't miss the ten acres back then. We also have
strict restrictions here or I would build a pigeon coop and have some
nice bird meat occasionally. Pigeon's and Muscovy ducks fly wild around
here plus the Aztec dove, a critter out of Mexico and is open season on
For some reason all these people here just want to go to work, come home
in the evening and don't want anything going on. In addition the HOA
President is a Damned Yankee from up state New York. If the boss lady
would let me I would move us a little further out in the country side
here in Harris County, Texas. We senior citizens, maybe a half a dozen,
have no say so in what is good or not. Most of these folks worry more
about losing the value of their homes. We old people bought our house
outright and can sell them outright if needed. Folks come and go here
like folks go to the grocery. Seems every other week we get an email
about selling furniture, cars, etc. I suspect there are a lot of
divorces going on. There are several old couples like us and another
amount of widows.
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