Fellow gardeners, listen up. It appears que le bonne temps va
rouler. Our much maligned "weather guesser" is predicting that
the "Left Coast" will be in the 80's tomorrow and pushing at 100F by
thursday. If the past is any indication, the Mid-West is five days
away from a heat wave. Enjoy the drizzle and overcast while you
can, and get ready to "RUMBLE", er . . . garden, a last:o))
...'bout damn time....
The local shamans (shamen?) have said that, after three to five inches
of rain Thursday (in an area where a spilled glass of water causes
flooding problems), we are in for FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS OF SUNSHINE.
I have the feeling that, with double the normal rainfall since
Thanxgiving, the ground has compacted, so that, with sunshine, it
should harden into concrete. I have a feeling that my tiller (and I)
will be busy almost all season.
But, mayhap I can mow the two ft. high weeds that cover the
plantation. There has not been enough drying time between floods to
mow all this spring. Thank the FSM that my early crops are easy to
find in 30 in. raised beds.
oz, changing oil, gapping points, and flushing fuel tanks
P.S. I found some heirloom seedling to replace the ones that blew
away during the last near tornado.
Dιploiement de ces paresseux, brumeux, fou jours de l'ιtι.
Ces jours de soude et les bretzels et de la biθre. ~~Nat
It will be nice to see some warmth, though a hunnert is a little
extreme. Thanks for your work as point man for those of us in the
Tornado hit NE Mo today, Shelby County, haven't heard reports. Tore
hell outta south Mizzery again just the other day. Heard this is the
worst since 1950.
Poor Oz, that sodden feller is floating away.
BTW......you gotta try this compost tea brewing. Hmmmm......wonder if
Lee has any recipes for Compost Ale? ;-)
Be careful what you wish for, so the adage goes. 90s for the Left Coast
through at least Sunday, says the weather guesser.
We are working hard out here to send you some heat Charlie.
I'd better go, I think I hear the garden waking up.
Uh oh, no blankets,windows open, and attic fan on last night.
80F this morning at 7 AM.
Weather guesser predicting 101F for in town. We always run a little
Brace yourself Charlie;o)
Summer be a comin' in.
Uh.......that is way out of range. Please resample.
Excellant!! Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...those
days of soda and pretzels and beer (Nat).
I put 10 maters in the ground and 6 in pots, 10 pots of peppers so far
and am making a run to the plant place and pick prettys and trailies
for more pots. Hmmmm......better get more potting mix too.
I've been making a mix that should be yummy in pots. New potting mix,
old potting mix, compost, mushroom compost and composted bullshit and
inoculated the works with super duper compost tea. No ratios, just
what groks out right.
Planted bush beans, rattlesnake pole beans, more beets and carrots last
evening also. Gotta get the cukes and zukes in today also. The
weather appears to be going from winter to summer with little in
I alos made a piggy of meself with grass clippings. Wound up with 3/4
pickup load the other day and was hard pressed to do something with
them before they got too smelly. Was reading that the best way to
handle them is to spread them out on the drive and let 'me dry and them
bag for use as mulch. Lovey only made a minor squawk about carpeting
her drive with grass. Cost me a foot rub, it did.
Catch ya later
Ay, ay cap'n. Uh, better make that oy,oy, cap'n. I resampled and the
upshot of it all is that IT'S "HOT".
We be 95F'd cap' @ 11:30 in the blessed AM.
I worry for Emilie, out there in the Devil's own furnace, a.k.a. Cantral
Valley. I can't remember if she has elevation to moderate the heat or is
just gonna' take it in the shorts.
Talk to you on the other side of the heat cap'n.
Shields up, er, umbrellas up.
Well Thank you Billy. We are not at any elevation other than about
So yes, it was a hot'un today. my little min/mx thermometer said
today. It's 80 at 9:30pm. Windows all open and fans are going it's
We didn't stay down here after lunch today. One nice thing about
mountains of a good size nearby. A 30mile drive and it was about 78
a nice breeze. There are snow drifts in the shade at about 5000 ft
( also a whole lot of snow up at Lassen Nat Park....about 8 feet still
at about 6 or 7000 ft. )
We went looking for early wildflowers at a few favorite meadows/bogs/
Found Trilliums, Dogwood, Saxifrage in bud, Cobra Lilies (or CA
in bloom, Marsh Marigolds (ours are white) Buttercups, Bleedinghearts,
Steer's Head (Dicentra uniflora). Lots of little green things poking
up and the creeks were rushing full of snowmelt. It was a nice day up
I have golf ball sized 'maters and onions, and the boysenberries are
to turn red. I deadheaded roses until about 11 am when it got too hot
sun. That's when we had lunch and headed for the "high country"
This morning while walking in the gardens morning mist (it is
usually fog, but this morning it's steam), I came upon a recovering
cauliflower (pre-FePO4 treatment, gotta do it every 2 weeks) that
has purplish-orange eggs (one group of 3 and another of 7) on the
underside of its' leaves. Doesn't match description of cabbage
worms. Probably innocuous, right? Or is this where I bring out the
Sevin, flame throwers, and a tactical nu-clee-ar device?
I feel your pain... ;-D
I've had similar problems in the past with brocolli and chard. The worms
actually claimed a horseradish. <sigh>. The worms have to be picked at
dawn when they are out, and they can make seriously short work of the
I've not given it an honest try yet for cabbage worms, but I've read and
heard nothing but good about it.
Well, gave the rest of the cauliflowers their physicals, and no sign of
more eggs. The cauliflower with the eggs is a good 50' from the rest of
the brassica, in a six pack, with a couple of recovering green beans, an'
balanced between two tomato arbors 'bout 3' off the ground, where the
dogs and cats would be tempted to nibble them (yesterday I caught Lilly
nibbling on the echinacea). Think I'll hold off on doin' anything that
may be drastic or expensive.
I noticed a couple of patches of green where I had grown my dent corn
last year. The Dent has gone feral on me. It no longer respects the
roles of the gardener and the gardened. I thought that was the big thing
about corn, that it needed to be planted. Well, I had just prepared a
new bed for the Dent corn, so I guess I'll just dig them up and
The weather gods have been merciful. After a quick run up of the
temperature this morning, a breeze settled in and is keeping us around
99F accuweather.com & 100F weather.com:o()
Oh, ye know how ma Nature is. Her habits are hard to divine.
Last year we went to 109F in May, very peculiar thing to happen.
In '96, we had rain in June, unheard of. Hot today, worse tomorrow.
Only thing that makes it bearable is knowing that soon, everybody will
be down in the same hole that we are in. Then we can all laugh about
it;o) Uh, that's not PC is it? Hmmm
Watered everything twice today. Found my passion flower. Thought I'd
lost it. Moving a hyssop down to the cabbage patch tomorrow and I'll
look around for my aeration stone. Gotta get up early to finish the
Dent corn patch. It just needs a little chicken doo, rock phosphate,
and some wood ash, and the drip laid out. Beautiful plant, Dent corn.
The Golden Bantam will be better eatin' but the Dent is spectacular too
look at. Goin' to put some of the Mammoth sunflowers in with it. In
the past I had them up by the road but now they will be down by
the front of the house where I can enjoy them more with "happy hour" and
dinner(once the mosquitos shove off).
Got "In Defense of Food " yesterday from the library. It's only a two
week loan so I guess I should get to it.
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