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Garden Gleanings - RAIN!!

Posted Sunday, July 6, 2008, at 9:45 AM

Did everyone get some much needed rain yesterday? I know some in Bell Buckle and Shelbyville got some on the 4th but up here on our hills last night was the first real rain in over two weeks. That is better than last year and we refilled some water barrels.

I look forward to seeing a spurt in our garden. The corn and Chinese squash kept growing but other things seemed to put growing on hold. Yes, I know I could artificially give them a boost, but that is just not in my playbook.

It looks like it is time to trim back our irises. They certainly need thinning, but I will wait until fall for that. This hot dry weather would require too much watering and TLC.

Speaking of excessive watering, I think I will pull the plug on our container veggies. They are not producing enough to make it worthwhile.

We had a limb come down on an electric wire going to a shed, so I know one job for after church. While I have the saw fired up, I might as well cut back the encroaching forest from our driveway. I did the light stuff a few days ago.

If I made some typos, please understand I am only using one hand since Kit Kat is demanding attention on my lap.


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We had hard rain with loud thunder both Fri. afternoon & Sat. night. Evidently there was a lot of wind last night, because we saw several trees down on our way to church this morning. It didn't appear that any of the trees had caused damage to houses or vehicles.

We do thank God for the much needed rain.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 4:35 PM

Steve;

Usually rain shuts off about the first of June. It has for the past few years. You know what I think?

I think it's Global Warming. You don't happen to know where Al Gore is?

I need to load up on Carbon Offsets, what ever they are.

Don't leave Kit Kat alone with the computer on.

You may get a UPS delivery in a few days. It will be a Kitty Toy!

-- Posted by framestraight on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 6:17 PM

Thanks for the smile framestraight. The way he has been acting lately, I am not sure that I would be totally surprised.

I cut the limb off the power line this morning and then ended up cutting some large shrubs. Never got to the driveway, but it will still be there tomorrow.

I just emptied my last bucket of rainwater yesterday, so it came right on cure. It could come a little earlier next time and I would not complain.

Harvested some late red leaf lettuce tonight and it was surprisingly mild. I was expecting bitter. Except for the catfish, the corn on the cob and zucchini casserole came from our garden.

Now I need to start on that tilapia pond. That won't happen unless I find a free above ground swimming pool, but you never know. I am watching freecycle.com every day. I can't buy a new one and use it for fish.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 7:48 PM

Steve;

Red Leaf is great lettuce. I was too late this year. Maybe next.

-- Posted by framestraight on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 10:50 PM

Steve;

I will be redoing all of my irises this fall, so if anyone would like to have some, please give me a call at 931-294-5830. I plan on rooting them all up, so there will be plenty for all. I have all kinds of colors.

-- Posted by Gale Barber on Mon, Jul 7, 2008, at 2:18 PM

Ooohh what an offer. All mine are shades of purple that we inherited when we moved here. You probably won't need any of those, but others will be welcome to them come fall.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 7, 2008, at 6:16 PM

framestraight,

i been thinking bout those carbon credit things

Al talks about and I think I got some of them..

My woods lot has about a thousand or so trees in it and if I promise not to cut them down they ought to bring about a hundred dollars apiece.

Now if Al don't give me that, I just might go ahead and thin them out..

If you think this sounds nuts, It ain't no more rediculous than thinking humanity has the power to over ride God's plan for this planet...

We might be just a little too insignificant to make much difference. Remember his predictions about massive numbers of hurricanes?

Anyway, if you know anyone that buys into this, tell them about my trees,heck , I'll even take a pencil and write their name on it...

-- Posted by wayner58 on Tue, Jul 8, 2008, at 10:11 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.