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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Rain, rain, please come again to our hill in Bedford County.

Posted Friday, May 20, 2016, at 6:33 AM
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  • I would love to have sent you some of mine. Last week: 0.75"; 3.9"; and 2.0". This week: 1.5"; don't know about this morning, could be a tenth. I haven't been able to cut grass for two weeks nor shred pasture.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 9:13 AM
  • I think our soil could use every drop, but 3.9" is coming pretty fast. On our hill that could wash out the driveway even though I have taken measures to stop most of that.

    I made speed bumps, not to slow vehicles but to channel runoff into the woods in several places. Then again, some of the delivery trucks seem to think that since there is no law enforcement on our driveway, they can take out frustrations by spinning wheels, throwing gravel and scattering our pets in terror.

    Occasionally I find pieces of their truck left behind. :-0

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 9:28 AM
  • The days they call for rain are the days the sun seems to shine more which figures....so I watered last night!...and of course it's soaked from this mornings showers already!...I swear I saw a squirrel in a yellow raincoat this morning trying to save their red wiggler friends from drowning...maybe I just need more coffee on a gloomy morning!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 9:36 AM
  • And here we are 12-15 miles away and all we got was clouds. Whatever diverts the clouds is appreciated during tornado time but other times it creates a mini-drought.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 9:52 AM
  • As we rite this the clouds are parting over Bedford County again! Rain is sliding just to the North.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 9:53 AM
  • I just hurried and tied up a few more pea vines before the deluge the news says we're going to get!...come on now...soak us good I say!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 11:06 AM
  • Raindrops are just teasing us in Wartrace.........Might have to get out and water again or wash the car......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 11:19 AM
  • We have not tried washing yet but I did paint something outside that cannot get wet. Still there, hint, hint.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 12:15 PM
  • HAHAHAHA..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 5:10 PM
  • Well, nothing worked here. Light drizzle probably not enough to register. Rained in BB, just not here.

    Watched the radar continuously slip past.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 20, 2016, at 10:21 PM
  • Here, they are forecast chance of storms Monday through whenever, and if it rains anyplace around, it will rain here.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Sat, May 21, 2016, at 7:51 AM
  • I am not sure which i would take Tyger. Since we live on hills, rain does not have the same consequences as others who are in low lying places.

    As long as it does not flood, I believe I would opt for more rain than not. I would build raised beds or dig underground drains (some call them French drains but I don't know why) to catch then channel the water elsewhere.

    One of the few upsides to not having a lot of rain is less lawn mowing, but I don't cut as often a most anyway since I try to let the native grasses, clover, etc. flower for whatever pollinating insects we might have.

    Speaking of which, I mowed about 1/2 acre of clover (with a fair share of flowering native plants) on Saturday in Bell Buckle Saturday and usually watch to see what type insects I am bothering. ONE (1) bumblebee, NO honey bees and very few other insects!

    We don't spray our property but it is sandwiched between a road and the railroad. They both DO spray for weeds, especially the RR so I wonder....

    Folks, when are we going to stop taking the quick, easy and toxic way to stop weeds, to kill insects? We are killing our environment and eventually us.

    In a ag meeting in Murfreesboro 20+ years ago I distinctly remember a chemical sales rep addressing our group and telling us (glyphosate) was so safe you could drink it. He didn't, but I am sure if he did, he would not have dropped dead immediately.

    Since he would not have died immediately, it must be safe, right? Since we cannot prove his cancer and family birth defects came from exposure to all the chemicals he sold, they must be safe, right? It was just "fate".

    Close your kid's eyes or stop reading to them (I'm sure you do normally) :-) This "non-direct" defense or justification by the chemical companies is BBBBBBSSSSSSS!

    Quick disclaimer: My opinion is not representative of this or any other media in which I express those opinions.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 23, 2016, at 7:44 AM
  • I have 1 tomato plant in a wheeled container and when we get a slight rain I just push it around the patio to follow the rain drop (no plural).

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sat, May 28, 2016, at 12:26 PM
  • LOL I believe it!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 28, 2016, at 1:12 PM
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