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Garden Gleanings - Maybe garden musings are better than today's news?Posted Monday, September 29, 2008, at 10:01 PM
The news is so depressing lately with politics and now the economy, that it was an easy choice to head to the garden this weekend. That, the cool mornings and the fact that my wife thinks I should weed-eat the beds.
Well, I did get the weeds out and my mind ran on and on, gratefully NOT about politics or economy. Here are some of my thoughts this weekend:
Corn is in the grass family, so why can the developers of seed hybrids not breed a corn that is as tough, drought resistant and prolific as the grass that invades my garden.
Instead they breed plants that are resistant to the the weed killers and insecticides they developed. They breed seed that can not reproduce, so you have to buy more seeds from them. Government probably paid for their research, only to have to bail them out when they misappropriate their income and we are on the brink of a food shortage, unless they stay afloat.
It was a good year for stink bugs. They're probably known by numerous name (Shield bug because of their shape) but they all all seem to stink when excited or crushed. Bad year for tomato horned worm even though I had more tomatoes in the garden than I have in years.
Lady bugs and bees were disappointingly scarce, but there is always next year. The eternal hope of the gardener. We need a big dose of that right now.
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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.
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