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Fourth of July garden musings. Hope you had a good one!

Posted Sunday, July 4, 2010, at 3:51 PM

Thank goodness for bumblebees.
Happy Fourth of July folks. While we are enjoying our holiday please remember the sacrifices given by so many in our development and maintenance as a free nation. We may not always agree (slight understatement) but we all have the right to disagree and should use it freely. AND TEACH YOUR KIDS so it is not taken for granted or forgotten!

Anyway, back to the garden and other stuff. I am swapping garden with eBay and of course blogging because of the heat. I don't really want the Fall season to get here too soon but this heat is getting old. I went out to my favorite restaurant for lunch and just about forgot to eat.

In case you have not guessed it, my restaurant is my garden. Now we could just about cook out there today and in fact, with a little engineering, we could, but that is not how I was chowing down. I was eating my lunch raw.

I commented at the garden club Friday that something was sampling my corn and I realized that I was no different, except that I had planted it. Here I was in the corn patch, chomping on four ears of corn, when I noticed the cherry tomatoes.

They could not go un-sampled so I moved on to them next and their warm sweetness brought back a memory of our daughter when she was probably about 3-4 years old. She loved to go out in the garden and eat the cherry tomatoes and one day we were at a restaurant when she saw the cherry tomatoes on the salad bar. With her first bite you could see the question mark come across her face and she quickly put the tomato back on her plate. She did not eat any more of them and it was a super testimonial for home grown vegetables.

The cucumbers and slicing tomatoes beckoned so I picked those for a sandwich later. I was already out there, so I browsed through the garden making notes on what had to be picked. While there determined that I finally had to do some watering, so I pulled out the hoses and set them up for slow trickling. I never set up a permanent system like Richard, so I have to go out every 45 minutes and move them, but it will get the job done.

Soaker hose has always been too long or too short and watered areas that had no plants. I know I could cut and plug them for proper length, but I do not like to water in the first place so I get by with what I have. Several years ago when we had the drought, you may remember that I let my garden go except for perennials. If I ever found a pool that was being thrown out, I would create a cistern for my roofs. THEN I might water more often.

I just had that tomato and cucumber sandwich. Yum, but it was a little messy. Something that surprised me is the cucumber skin was not bitter at all. Maybe I used to let them sit too long or maybe it was the variety but this one had no bitterness at all, so I did not peel them. I can get away with that in an organic garden, but I am not so sure about one that has had chemical sprays. Better to wash and peel.

I just thought about planting some more edamame (edible soybean) when I go out to move the water again. As espoontoon has determined, you might never be able to have enough of that delicious treat. Most if not all soybeans are edible, it is just that these varieties are best eaten while green. You can eat them even after the pods have started to yellow but they are a bit more starchy. Still good though. Time to water, so I will stop.

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I love it when I stand quietly in the garden and hear all the activity. Bees, wasps, even flies of all shapes and sizes, butterflies, hummingbirds, and insects I can't identify. A living garden!

The crabgrass has taken over several beds and it is too hot to get out there on a serious binge. Plus the dry weather had turned some of the beds into soft rock.

The roots are just too tough to get right now. I find it better to loosen the soil with a fork and

gently pull than to get the tiller out and break the roots into hundreds of new plants. It is not a "silver bullet" but it is better in the long run.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 5, 2010, at 3:19 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.