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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Thanks for the list Barbara.
Barbara, I can see the dirty word Monsanto in your list site. Ugh.
Had my first ear of sweet corn last night (out of my garden)! So far, my new dog has kept the raccoons away. I just have to tolerate some occasional nighttime barking.
Daniel, I've never planted okra. Hope the Neem works.
I finally found a list I can print and refer to when I buy seeds or plants. http://againstthewall.info/2013/04/09/monsanto-owned-heirloom-seedn...
Helicopters have been filling the sky around here lately. But it's not because of fires. They spray bean and corn fields--fungicides, I think. One clipped a utility wire last week and had to ditch.
Last year about this time, some spray drifted over onto my kid's organic farm. They refuse to "settle up" and are being sued. Who knows how long this will go on.
Two large Chinook helicopters just flew over the house toward the landing field at Fairchild Airforce Base, perhaps loaded with firefighters coming from other fire districts. They were expected in this morning.
My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Staab is due July 24.
Laurie, my granddaughter, is so excited, her first baby and she loves being pregnant. Now, if I can convince her not to pump out babies as fast as she can, I will feel better. Her partner is a Jehova's Witness. Oh dear! He is a sweetheart; time will tell if he has a functioning brain.
I have had a great pleasure of eating tropical fruit right off the plants. A man with a machete whacked a coconut at the eyes and I drank it through a straw, then he broke it open for me and I ate the fresh meat. Delicious. Fresh lemons and limes picked and eaten or used in lemonade can't be topped. Of course, oranges and tangerines, taste outstanding if from good stock. Oh yes, pineapple tastes so good; especially walking into the grove with the farmer and he selecting one that he thought was perfect, and upon tasting it, I agreed. One other fruit that I have to include is lychee nut. We can get them in June at the grocery store, but they taste like dried up, tasteless globs of fruit. I had these in Indonesia and Thailand.
My travel days are over and I have the most incredible memories! A wonderful way to spend the Golden Years.
Joan, glad you got your problem solved. Now, enjoy a week off!
Spud, I'm with you, although I have eaten many of the foods you mentioned. With my new goji bush, I hope to find out what they taste like in a year or two. I had 10 gooseberries on my new bush this year--new taste treat.
Spending all last summer sitting in my garden, not checking to see if everything was working properly, I saw what I wanted to see, beauty and tranquility while I was feeling unsure, and somewhat afraid.
This spring came and I started doing routine checks on pipes, hoses, soakers, and soil pH. I didn't notice my arborvitae were getting sicker and sicker. I did notice that last year the squirrels stripped one arborvitae branch of its green leaves and I assumed the squirrels were back at their destructive work and began thinking what I should do about the "squirrel problem". Should I trap them and take them to the country? Or what other options did I have?
Then, it began to dawn on me that all eleven of my arborvitae were loosing leaves, and they were all setting seeds. The setting seeds is what caused me to look for another cause. Setting seeds on conifers implies they are under stress.
My soaker hose that watered all eleven was working as it entered one group, but the water was not coming out the end of the hose.
Drought! Last summer was a drought year. I garden over an ancient creek bed that is a remnant of the last Ice Age. The creek was dry at its head this year. This creek used to freshen the pond at Manito Park Pond and over the years the city supplies city water to keep the pond full all year. Otherwise, it would become a bog or dry up altogether. It is such a beautiful pond, the city invested in making it permanently full.
So, a very quick analysis to figure out how many feet of soaker I needed, a call to the hardware store and bought enough to replace everything. I gave the perimeter trees and shrubs a deep, deep watering, trimmed out as many dead branches as I could find, and gave everything a strong bath from my hose. I check the soil moisture each morning and find where I need more water.
Tasks done, now I am free to go for a week at my daughter's home.
Rats indeed! I've never eaten a ripe Fig either, as well as many other fruits I'd like to try. Avocado, Banana, Coconut, Cranberry, Date, Eggplant, Goji, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Olive, Orange, Papaya, Passionfruit, Chili Pepper, Persimmon, Pineapple, and many others I'm not familiar with.
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