Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Well, the votes are in and Weed'em & Reap will have another social this Friday.

Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 7:27 AM
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  • It can be a little warm this time of year at Bocelli's! So, if you get a little cold from time to time it should be just right!...

    Hope this humidity lets up a little, you can get drenched in moments outdoors latly!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jul 28, 2015, at 9:00 AM
  • I basically save my outside stuff for 6:00 A.M. or 7:00 P.M. Even then, it is almost suffocating. I can't imagine having to work outside in this anymore. Used to, but..... there is not enough water in the well to keep me hydrated. Or, so it seems.

    Plants in the ground have been doing well but the bales are really requiring attention, almost daily. I've got to work a better system next time.

    Cherokee2, any tips on what you do?

    I only have five producing tomato plants (3 Rutgers, 1 black cherry and 1 volunteer tiny cherry, but I am giving tomatoes away daily.

    My "test patch" (for those who came to the garden club meeting a month ago) is growing well. What rain we have goes deep into the soil and I have not had to pay attention to the plants. (squash, buckwheat, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, okra and corn)

    The only drawback at this point is that the soil is so soft that it does not support the corn very well in any wind. If it were cooler, I would load up with compost and mound it up, but..... net yet.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 28, 2015, at 10:18 AM
  • Thought you had a producing Chocolate Stripe, Steve........

    Mine are tasting a bit more watery than I like them even though I have not watered but once or twice...... Humidity ?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, Jul 28, 2015, at 3:32 PM
  • The chocolate stripe may be an unintentional hybrid and yes, it was the first to produce, but has stalled. Probably because of the heat, but not sure since the Rutgers are producing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 28, 2015, at 5:19 PM
  • Hope to see everyone at Bocelli's tonight!...I'm hungry now....I'll get there a little early and start our table!

    I actually ate there last night with Mom and Dad and of course my wonderful sister which is always a treat!....I can do it again, guess I'll have pizza tonight though!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 31, 2015, at 9:50 AM
  • I have not been off the property since Sunday and today I might get to do it twice, maybe three times!

    Once was to get some parts for a new water heater installation. The folks at Redd's H&A have been great, even though this is no their forte.

    Apparently propane water heaters are not used much, but they found one for me (they don't sell water heaters) picked it up for me and installed it this morning. (from a call to them yesterday)

    Second will probably be to mow our property in Bell Buckle and third will be to the garden club meeting. Wow! I'm on a roll!

    Gave the Redd's installer two bags of black cherry tomatoes as a thanks. He said he liked them. Hope he wasn't just being nice. :-)

    Someone asked on another Facebook page why their tomatoes were not fruiting right now. The heat is probably the reason and can you blame them? As hot as it is, who wants to keeps having babies in this heat.

    Besides, I did not want to keep harvesting tomatoes in this heat either. :-0

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 31, 2015, at 10:24 AM
  • I got out and watered this morning early...was trying to catch a glimpse of that blue moon...It was very pleasant out at 5:30am this morning! To light for that moon...The dog days are here!

    I listen to the birds that early a lot of mornings...I didn't even hear a peep this morning though...I think the birds flew the coop!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jul 31, 2015, at 10:44 AM
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