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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
It's been a very disappointing season for vining vegetables. No melons of any variety, no pumpkins, and 5 acorn squash. My tomato plants have either died or look horrible. I don't know the reason--perhaps the weather. But I suspect it's more than that because, in the case of squash, they get worse every year. And yes, I rotate.
I had a torn rotor cuff in my right shoulder (one of the many body parts that is falling apart) I first had corticosteroid injections. It helped but it only lasted about three weeks. After 6 months of therapy the doctor decided surgery was the best option. The first 5 weeks after surgery was painful. It took me 7 months to recover and about 14 months to get complete mobility. I still have restrictions like reaching up and behind but not much pain. Gets worse in cold ,damp weather. I still get injections for the lower back and I hate it. The injections are not so bad.. it is the steroids that makes me nauseous, weak, and irritable for about a week. For some people steroids isn't a problem but for me it is a dread.
Giant pumpkins are amazing. The largest one was 2,624.6 lb. I hope to get a chance to see one of those behemoths some day.
If I do, I'll be tempted to ask "But how does it taste?"
1,469 lb pumpkin!
Kathy, I understand. And better than you may suspect. Two years ago I could not have used my saw either--and had not used it for about five years. Decades of tennis playing had ruined my right shoulder. But two years ago October (after I had put the garden to bed) I underwent a total shoulder replacement. I was back on the tennis court in 3 months, pain-free. Slowly I have regained range of motion, and now I'm whole again, if not as strong yet as I once was. Rotator-cuff surgery, as I understand it, is more difficult in that the recuperation takes longer, but it's something to consider. Modern medicine is miraculous.
Kathy, how do you get your work done? I can't imagine doing even the simplest chores with those conditions. I hope you have help with your household tasks.
Don, what a beautiful piece of land you have.
Daniel, your experimental flower garden is beautiful. I'm saving it in my beautiful nature file.
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