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Apple Grafts. Progress Report. 7.4.2020
For many years, I've loved to weed, but in my old age my old body can't work all day and so weeding is not so much fun now. It takes part of the day that I'd rather do other things. It's still not bad though. I keep them under control fairly well.
Andrea, I won't say I love to weed, but I don't mind doing it. I think the satisfaction comes from seeing the results--a clean garden.
I've been dueling with the robins and wrens for my berries all year. They love them as much as I do. I finally draped a net over my gooseberries, and that's no easy task. The netting gets caught on the thorns--and gooseberry plants are very thorny.
Fortunately, we've had plenty of rain lately, but I hear that it's going to be hot. They say at least 10 straight days of 90 and more (Indiana). Oh well--I prefer it over cold temps.
Call me a masochist but, I love to weed!
An inch of rain yesterday saved my garden. It had been a month since we've had any appreciable rain. My sweetcorn was turning yellow, so with rain and added urea pellets, I'm hoping it'll make a comeback.
Joan, I'm glad to hear your finger is doing better.
A few months ago, they end of my right thumb turned red and I don't know why. I soaked it in warm epson salt water a few times a day for several days and it cleared-up.
Randy, here's hoping your fox family does keep the rabbits in check.
Ouch, Joan! Hope your infection disappears soon. And sorry your garden is doing poorly. I know the feeling.
Spud, I have to laugh at imagining all your netting problems and solutions. It makes one wonder if it's all worth it!
I have one good bit of news: there's a fox family in the area. Yesterday, I saw one in my yard. I think my rabbit problem has been solved!
This year is a gardening dud! The corn is only 2 inches high, the beans haven't sprouted in the outside garden, and something is eating the greenhouse beans. I think it must be a mouse or a squirrel. I've seen both in there. The new fruit trees look lovely and seem to be enjoying the cold, wet spring We have had only one hot day in the 80s.
I propagated many perennials in the greenhouse, and they grow lushly. I didn't wear gloves; an infection developed in my right ring finger. Home remedies failed as the disease thrived sending red signs of infection up my hand and arm. It was time to go to the "walk-in" medical care center. The finger continues to look ugly, even as the throbbing stops and it feels better. Only nine more days of antibiotics.
When I had cherry trees and they weren't too large, netting kept the birds and squirrels out, but it's a lot of work when the trees are large. My apricot tree is still doable, but will take a lot of work and I'll have to buy more netting. My old netting is lost in the garage full of stuff.
I've planted watermelon and muskmelon on the south side of my house where temperatures are very high. I don't know if they'll produce because mid June temperatures are lower than normal. Daytime highs are 20 degrees F lower and nighttime lows are 5 degrees lower.
I've started eating peas from the garden, and the cauliflower plants are looking healthy.
When I lived 30 miles south, robins ate all my fruit that wasn't covered with netting. I don't remember seeing robins here, but yesterday, I finally did. It was in my strawberries, taking bites out of each one.
I've eliminated 9 squirrels, but they keep coming and destroying my apricots. I think the only way to keep them from doing that is to put netting over the whole tree and tape it to the trunk.
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