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Yamamoto Dendrobium nobile in Bloom. 3.20.18
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris, I'm sorry your partner has to work with such uncaring people. I second your thought about extinction.
Daniel, I hope you are feeling better!
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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