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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Decisions of the gardening kind, mostly.Posted Sunday, September 4, 2011, at 11:43 AM
Actually the first decision was to get out and seal the chimney, AGAIN! Somewhere there is a crack or opening that continues to elude both me and our roofers. I don't think it is their fault since I just hired them to put a new roof on, but they went the extra mile and sealed everything they could.
I came back a few months later and resealed, even though I could not see anything they missed. The leaks went away for a while, then in desperation I just covered the whole thing with plastic. That helped but gratefully, we don't live in view of anyone else, so the neighbors did not know any better.
A few wind storms have removed that covering so today I was up there coating the whole thing in a silicone based product. I've done that before but I followed their instructions and brushed it on. This time I poured it on the top cement area. (I have a chimney cap by the way)
We'll see what this new band of rain does and that brings me to my gardening decisions. I have been tilling my middle earth garden for several weeks now and planned to divide it into beds so I could plant before the rains. BUT, it has been hot as %^&* and I do not hold up well under that heat anymore.
So, I waited. Now I have missed my target date for pushing soybeans and I am left with winter crops. No problem, except my beds are not defined yet and I since I changed the lay of the garden, I am not sure what the heavy rains might do.
Soooo, do I try to rush some form of bed to take advantage of the rain coming in or take a wait and see approach to learn what the new water patter will do? I made my decision before I started this post because it is still so darn hot out there. I have to take a wait and see.
My other vegetable gardens are also in the "middle earth" state. For those of you who are wondering what I mean by that, they are overgrown with weeds and look like a mini forest. These beds will either become lawn again or be planted into permanent perennial beds.
I am thinking one bed for blueberries and the other bed for my asparagus and a fig tree I need to move to a better location. Raspberries keep popping into my head, but I am trying to ignore them.
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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.
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