Regarding the fuel issue I was having with the 17 hp Kohler engine, I mentioned that I found a post on the internet about Sears giving the wrong filter number as a replacement. That apparently is correct.
I replaced the "new filter" with another new filter that has a straight sided, barrel shape as apposed to the Sears funky funnel shaped one and bingo, we just finished the lawn with no fuel issues.
Last night I noticed the water pump was not pushing much water in our pond. All this surface water from the rains has a tendency to flush trash into the pond and the pre-screen gets clogged, sooo.... I cleaned it out.
This morning the pond had lost half of its water. I helped the pump empty the pond. The water cress had overgrown the waterfalls and the additional water flow backed up. I never could find where it was overflowing, but cleared the watercress and I have not lost any more water. Go figure!
Wondering about the "pea popping"? Actually I was un-popping the peas that popped to the surface after all these rains. I don't know if the soil washed away or the water floated them out of the soil. Either way, there were about 25% of my peas on top of the row yesterday. Pop, pop,pop.
Ever heard of "slow gardening"? I guess I am a little behind the times on the terminology because I had not and went to check it out. It turns out the article in the New York Times was about an acquaintance of Deb & mine from Jackson, MS, Felder Rushing.
Felder used to be an extension agent in Jackson and was an interesting fellow 20 years ago but time has REALLY developed that. Go to our garden gleanings page and read what he is up to now. http://mybedfordcounty.com/gardengleanings.html
I remember his truck garden and backyard eccentricities but I could not identify the man from the pictures they took. Wow! Have I changed that much too? Be sure to click on the pictures to get a closer look.