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Weed'em & Reap Garden this Friday 8-10-12 AND Botanicus Interacticus from Disney

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 8:16 PM

We are still meeting at the New Century Restaurant on Madison Street at 7:00 PM.

During the dry heat of a few weeks ago (boy, that is nice to say it is in the past) All my figs dried up and dropped to the ground. A bumper crop but only a few enjoyed by us. However, the leaves are back on the bushes and some figs are reforming so maybe we'll get a second chance.

The bumper crops have been okra (I don't even like okra or not much) Armenian cucumbers (or whatever they are called in your neck of the woods) and fu gua, although others know it as kugua (Chinese: 苦瓜kǔguā, "bitter gourd"); parya (Ilokano), pare or pare ayam (Javanese and Indonesian), pavayka or kayppayka (Malayalam:പാവയ്ക്ക, കയ്പ്പക്ക ), goya (Okinawan: ゴーヤー) or nigauri (Japanese: 苦瓜; although the Okinawan word goya is also used in Japanese), paakharkaai (Tamil: பாகற்காய்), hāgalakāyi (Kannada: ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ), ma'reah (Khmer: ម្រះ), kaakarakaya(Telugu: కాకరకాయ), করলা (korola)(Bengali)

Still don't recognize it? Go to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_melo...

Usually it lives up to its name (bitter) but this last batch was not bad. Maybe it was the ripeness, or the way Deb's Mom cooked it, but I was happy to eat it all. Deb won't touch it, nor many of our garden club. But it is unique looking and creates good talk around the table. :-)


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Now you are probably asking, "what about the Bontanicus whatchamacallit"

Disney research has come up with some fascinating control possibilities using a computer, sensor and plant. http://www.disneyresearch.com/research/p...

They are looking at a different use, but to quote a local furniture advertiser phrase, "imagine the possibilities". You could make this a wireless connection and monitor all your plants inside and probably outside, if you had enough money.

Which plants need water, which ones are sick, and how about bugs. You could probably know when a plant is under attack or even when the good guys start fighting back. (or not)

Now who would want to watch this all day, so put in trigger points that activates an alarm when the insects have reach a certain level, or the heat stress is getting to be too much.

How about when veggies are at their peak of readiness? Maybe deer or rabbits are starting to munch, ouch!

It still should not take the place or pleasure of walking your garden, but when "life" has taken a hectic turn, your garden won't be forgotten, or at least you can't say you did not know. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 9, 2012, at 8:51 AM

This is off topic, sorry. But have any of you noticed bats flying around lately? We started seeing 3 of them flying around our backyards since last month. They normally have been coming out around 8pm or later. Today, one of them were out around 7pm. Any idea on how to keep my kids and dogs safe from them? Besides the common sense idea of keeping them away from the bats.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Thu, Aug 9, 2012, at 7:51 PM

Usually bats will be a blessing, not a curse and will adeptly avoid contact with humans BUT, if they are on the ground or out in the middle of the day, they may have rabies so the best thing is to instruct your children to NOT get curious about a bat.

If they see one not flying, it would be good to let you know right away and stay away. The county rabies control officer can be reached by any veterinarian's office, animal control or even the Sheriff's department.

They will be coming out earlier because of the shortening days. They may also be in your area more if you have standing water that encourages mosquito populations. That's the blessing part of it, they love to eat flying insects and mosquitoes certainly qualify.

Here's some interesting facts http://www.batrescue.org/batfacts/batfac... but even though they look cute (to some) the kids need to stray away. The bats will do their best to do the same. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 10, 2012, at 9:01 AM

Thank you Steve. I have forgotten all about the days starting to get shorter.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Aug 11, 2012, at 8:56 AM

With this heat it is hard to think that the turn towards Fall has already begun. My "morning" clock is not dependable anymore to get me up at 5-5:30.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 11, 2012, at 9:12 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.