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Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

I'm sorry to learn of all the lost trees and the long periods between rain. We had a heavy downpour yesterday. 

All our time and energy goes into trying to keep the smelter from being built in Newport and the effects it will have on the forests. I am going to a meeting tonight where a forester will be discussing the impact of smelter discharge on the forest --- not good, I hear. I hope to talk with him after his presentation. 

My prediction of drying soils, drying forests, massive fires appear to be his message. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Daniel, yes, I use weeds as a groundcover, but I am selective in what I use. for example, purslane is an excellent protector of soils,

purslane  (portulaca oleracea)

portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)

Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

My avocado tree died from the cold winter.  If I buy a new one, I'll make sure I build a much better greenhouse for it to grow in before I buy it.  I'll also modify the soil to provide better drainage.  Maybe I'll also put a heating cable in the soil.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Monday
Randy, I'm also sad about your trees. Maybe it was something about this summer?

I lost a hybrid plum this summer. If I would have watered it, I think it would have survived. All of the leaves are crinkly and brown. Last year, I thought I lost a ginkgo, which died from the top - about 12 feet tall - down to what I thought was ground level. I did not immediately (or ever) remove it. It grew a new tree from about 1 foot above the ground, and by now is about 9 feet tall. It's kind of amazing. I don't know what did that. Maybe your trees will make a come-back?
Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

Sad about your trees Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on Monday

Wow, that's too bad, Spud. We've had a unusually wet summer. I bet next year, we'll switch positions.

I'm a little bummed out seeing a pear tree die. And next to it is a grim looking persimmon tree. Wonder if it's the soil. Something's killing them. Two newly planted fruit trees aren't faring too well, either. "Suckers" at the base of them are the only evidence of life.

Garden wise, I've cleaned out all my corn stalks and weeds. Potatoes and onions are dug up. Sweet potatoes have another month. New leaves on collards and kale look promising. No worms! I planted snow peas a couple of days ago, but I don't imagine they'll grow to maturity before our first frost.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

Most months get around 1 inch.  

June gets an average of 0.98 inch.  It did this year, but it was in the first half.  The second half of June had no rain.

July gets an average of 0.63 inch.  None this year.

August gets an average of 0.59 inch.  None this year.

September gets an average of 0.83 inch.  None so far this year.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Sunday

Spud, what is the typical pattern for rain im your area?

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

Hasn't rained here, more than a few drops, since June 18th.  That's 3 months, and none in the forecast for next week.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Sunday

Joan, thans for the borax ant bait.  We have lots of ants and I have a box of borax in the laundry room.  Gotta try that!

I never thought of turnips as ground cover.  Interesting!  Weeds grow so fast here, I wonder if I can just use the weeds?

Raining hard now.  I wonder if I can scrounge up one more batch of tomatoes to dry?  Most are splitting or rotting now.  After this, maybe I can pull them out and plant garlic?


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