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Some Ugly Irises. 5.23.2020
Dr. Bush develops his theory of spirituality that does not refer to a god or a religion, he refers to science and what we learn if we pay attention to the impact humans have on modern soils and foods. The mistreatment of soil through plowing and chemical fertilizers destroys the biology of the soil and renders it to dirt, lifeless and infertile. Modern foods do not contain the nutrition that existed before plows and chemicals killed the biome. To hear his spiritual philosophy, go to
I love listening to this old codger talking about how he regenerates dead soil and the benefits that come from his process. His enthusiasm lifts my spirits.
Send a little of that rain my way.
Randy, you have more pests munching your garden than I do, but I'm still annoyed with what I have. My trap hasn't caught a squirrel yet and there are a large number of trashed apricots this morning. I put the trap in the back yard where my animal loving neighbors can't see it, but I'm thinking of putting it right under the tree and take a chance on their displeasure. They feed those squirrels, so I don't know why they still insist on eating my apricot pits.
Rain, rain, rain--nearly 5" the past 2 days. Farm fields are saturated and flooded. And, it's raining now. Fortunately, my yard and garden sit high enough to avoid standing water. Still, it's soggy wet.
I've only had asparagus harvested thus far, although lettuce is coming on. Twice a day, I have to cover and uncover small plants like broccoli and cabbage to keep rabbits from eating them. Even with a net, they seem to find a way to get at them. But, I start enough plants that losing a few won't really matter. I think wrens peck at them also, peas especially. Oh, the joys of gardening.
Randy, I always get pears as well. Those and apricots are the only trees I have. I'm seriously considering getting a pomegranate and maybe an avocado.
If I buy a pomegranate, it will be one that's good down to zero degrees F. If I buy an avocado, I won't do it until I've built a tall greenhouse for it.
Interesting, Spud. Good luck!
My fruit trees are a mystery. I never know if I'll have a crop. I always get pears. Apples come every 3 out of 4 years. Peaches and nectarines (and related almonds) produce about half the time, maybe less. Apricots and plums--never! I don't know whether frost kills the blossoms or if they don't get pollinated. It's aggravating, like your squirrel problem.
Spud, I need to learn from you what worked to protect your fruit tree blossoms so that I can attempt whatever works.
What do you do with the trapped squirrels?
A muskrat came on our property the other night, and Zeek (or Zeke) tangled with him, losing a big chunk of shoulder meat. Sadly, my granddaughter dispatched the wild critter with her 22.
Poor Zeek got his shots, thorough cleaning of the wound by the vet, and Zeek now wears a big cone.
The 1500 watt heater I put under my apricot tree didn't protect the fruit on the lower branches, but I've not had freezing weather for 3 weeks now and flowers came out on the upper branches after the frosts were over, so now there are quite a few little apricots.
The only trouble is the squirrels are chewing the apricot meat into tiny pieces and spitting them out to get the tiny nuts. I sprayed the tree and wood chips under the tree with "squirrel repellent", but it didn't stop them. $17 wasted on that useless spray from Lowe's.
This morning, I put a trap out, bated with peanuts. That worked in the past, so as long as I continue to remove the squirrels and reset the trap until the apricots are ripe, I should get a fair amount.
Spud, what method did you use to protect your trees from frost this spring? How did it turn out? I am eager to learn about your experiment.
The Carolinas continue to have frost; very unusual for that far south and near the Atlantic. Are you continuing to have frost? We had a recent frost and we are now beyond our last expected frost date.
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