Godless in the garden


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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:25pm

Kathy, it sounds like you're method of improving the clay soil should work out well. 

Hope your cataract surgeries improve things for you.  I can relate to bad eyes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:19pm

Daniel, I know what you mean about too much work growing things in containers.  I may try another thing or two, but I've given up trying for the most part.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, softball watermelons are better than none, I say.  My watermelons are seedy also.  Two years ago, I tried growing a seedless variety, but out of about 12 seeds planted in a container, none sprouted.  I'll try again one of these years.

Thanks for liking my story.

Last evening, I saw some kids going down the alley.  A girl about 7 years old was lugging my last large watermelon from outside the fence.  It was about 20 pounds and more than she could handle, so she left it and came back later with someone on a bike.  In the meantime I had brought it in.  I also saw that a smaller one hanging outside on the fence had disappeared.  I said yesterday that I wasn't bothered by the thefts, but seeing them last evening ticked me off some.  I haven't opened the big one yet, but I'm sure it's not ripe, so no one gets to enjoy it.  Oh, well, I'm getting over my ticked-off feelings.  I think they were amplified by receiving another letter from my ISP threatening me if I don't pay them what I don't owe them, but I've just filed a complaint with the FCC,  and my stress level is subsiding.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 8, 2015 at 9:17am
No planting going on here. It's to dry to do anything. Even the weeds I've been feeding the chickens are drying up.

I've started putting flanks of decomposing straw in the chickens coop. They shred it for the bugs they can find to eat. A day or two later l rake it up, chicken manure included, and transfer it to the yard that's lying fallow. After a couple years of this l should have soil there instead of dead compacted clay.
Two cataract surgeries coming up at the end of this month then maybe I can see again. Vision deteriorated to 20/60 & 20/80 with corrective lenses in about six months time. Genetics? I don't drive unless it's the mile to the little store for something that can't wait :(
Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2015 at 7:32am
Spud, my watermelons were no bigger than a softball. But they tasted good, albeit seedy. Love your story.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2015 at 11:50am

No frost here yet, and my garden is still lush.  The tomatoes have endured 40°F and still producing. 

My squash have covered the back yard, including the lumber piles and fences.  In fact, they have went down the other side of the fence and are starting to cover my neighbor's yard.  Only the weedy part, so she shouldn't care.

So far, I've eaten a couple of watermelon that tasted good, but still not as good as I remember the ones I ate as a youngster.  After 3 years of trying watermelon, and being disappointed, I'm starting to think it may just be by old taste buds & nose that are letting me down, taste-wise.

I've had one or two watermelon stolen that were on the alley side of the fence, but I'm not upset because I expected it.  They are just too tempting out there where people walk by all the time.  The first year, I covered the ones on the other side of the fence with multicolored green cloth to hide them, but didn't bother this year.  No big deal, especially because none of them were ripe, so whoever took them were disappointed. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2015 at 11:31am

Chris, I'm sorry your partner has to work with such uncaring people.  I second your thought about extinction.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2015 at 7:22am
Joan, your comments were full of good stuff. You're such a caring person.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2015 at 5:40am

Daniel, I hope you are feeling better! 

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2015 at 4:55am

Thanks, Joan. We have some help and know how to carry on, but I'm deeply hurt by the repetiveness of this situation. Some people like my partner bear detectable scars of childhood maltreatment, and a lot of so-called grownup people think it's funny to target the same spot again and again. On some days I'd feel very happy if the lot got extinct!


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