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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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What a nice, slow rain. Almost makes me regret my decision, but waiting may still be best. Now that the warm weather plantings are behind me, the cool weather has a wider window of opportunity.

My coating of the chimney did not work, so I went out this morning to put a tarp on it. It mystifies me. The roof is one year old and the flashings look better than good, so it has to be the mortar in the chimney, but I just don't see it!

Next meeting might be an "In-door" plant give away for me. I have to start making plans for the colder months and as usual I have too many.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 12:11 PM

Maybe,this is Nature's way of suggesting you get a "living roof".

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-living...

;)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 2:30 PM

I kind of like that idea. It might take a structural engineer to determine if our roof can take the extra weight, but the insulating benefit could help tremendously.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 10:40 PM

I had that problem a few years back Steve. A tall ladder, concrete caulking and finding the crack in outside wall of chimney. Has not leaked since.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 5:45 PM

cherokee2 and I talked last night about this at the garden club meeting. In his case, he wisely chose to not use the fireplace.

His crack went all the way through to the inner lining of the chimney and he found it on the outside by starting a smoke fire on the inside. By smoke fire, we mean a small, smoky fire, bit a roaring flame fire.

In his case, a professional re-lining was needed if he chose to use the fireplace for real fires. I believe that after sealing it from leaking his heating out of the house, he used it as a great spot for a large TV. Did I catch that right cherokee2?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 9:29 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.