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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Good morning World!

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 6:53 AM
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  • I just walked in from watering the garden this morning, its very pleasant out there with the sun starting to silently open the new blooms on my dahlias.

    I cut the television on only to notice the sad news of who was shot in Nashville over night and the raging fires on the west coast right before the jingle of the Today Show played and its news of the "Trumps" rants and the Republican debate that will happen today bashing the opposite party!

    One thing that's clear already on this new day..Off goes the "Tel-a-vision" and I'm headed back out to watch the squirrels play at the least until the heat of these dog days run me back in!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Aug 4, 2015, at 7:30 AM
  • Yup, you had a good morning going. Also good that you are getting back to it. I RARELY turn on the TV in the morning. Just seems to ruin the day.

    I too just came in from the garden. Picking a few tomatoes, a few horned worms and pulling a few weeds. (Got plenty of weeds to keep me busy)

    I don't recall the horned worm eating my datura before, but sure'nuf, they are today. Maybe because they are between two big tomato plants or they needed some hallucinating?

    I know they are just doing what comes naturally so I don't kill them, but they have to do it somewhere else, not my tomatoes! What concerns me is that NONE of them have parasitic wasp eggs on them.

    I don't think I have ever seen as many as shown in different pictures on the web http://www.vegedge.umn.edu/vegpest/hornworm.htm but I believe it only takes one to stop the worm from eating and kill them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 4, 2015, at 8:03 AM
  • Don't forget the Tomato Arts festival this weekend. http://www.t-g.com/blogs/stevemills/entry/63080/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 4, 2015, at 1:35 PM
  • I really get obsessive when I can see damage from a tomato worm and I cannot find the bugger. If we had neighbors they would really start to wonder about a guy who stares at a plant for 10-15 minutes.

    Rain, rain, PLEASE come our way! I have had to water way too much this year. They have to get rain over these next two days or I will be at it again.

    Surprisingly, the garden where I put the plastic soil conditioner, continues to be fine, without added water. I can only guess that what rain has come, drained quickly to the layer of clay below, was absorbed and continues to feed the roots.

    The upper layer must now work like a mulch to slow evaporation and keep the soil loose. Weeds that grow are easily pulled, where unprepared soil is cracking and weeds are giving a good fight when I pull.

    And this is soil that has been getting wood-chip mulch for years. The organic matter just vaporizes in this heat.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 5, 2015, at 10:26 AM
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