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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

A gardener's garden memorial and garden ramblings.

Posted Monday, June 20, 2016, at 5:00 PM
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  • Rain, rain, come our way. (no lightning please)

    I always wonder about gardening advice that says to NOT water from the top, then look at nature and wonder.

    I understand that too much of a good thing (rain) can cause issues and likewise too much watering can do the same, especially if you water late in the evening so the water sits on the leaves at night, but.... this morning I look at the dew on the grass and leaves welcome it.

    My squash are running into the grass and I think I will let them continue since they can absorb the moisture from that as well. As I've said before, the hugelkultur (I'm getting better at spelling that) seems to hold what water we get better than plain, open garden beds.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 21, 2016, at 9:13 AM
  • I was reworking some plants in the greenhouse, getting them ready for moving outside when I came across late sproutings and actually forgot what it was. It did not take me long to figure out it was stinging nettle.

    I pinched some off and smelled it, which brought it into contact with not only my fingers but also my lips since I pushed it up close to my nose.

    Oops! A numb lip and itchy fingers helped my identification quickly. That made me research why I got this stuff and it was mainly for arthritis. https://draxe.com/stinging-nettle/

    I can assuredly say, I now have NO arthritis in my lip!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 21, 2016, at 9:58 AM
  • So far my squash plants are holding their own against the squash bug. They are there and i am trying to help as much as possible but they often get the upper hand on a few plants by this time. Especially when they are under stress as they are from the heat and lack of rain.

    On another note, I started hardening off my eggplants and after only 9 hours out there they had flea beetles. Dang it! They are back in and I've dispatched all the beetles I could find but I am sure I missed some.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 21, 2016, at 7:36 PM
  • My blueberries are loving this weather. I do water them each morning. Also, the sweet peas that are not suppose to like the heat are growing like crazy. Why, I don't know but I am enjoying the crop from both my plants! Thanks garden club for getting me interested in growing something!HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Tue, Jun 21, 2016, at 7:57 PM
  • You are a fun part of our meeting HPP. The book you had on favorite flowers (horoscope) had neat observations.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 22, 2016, at 9:07 AM
  • Those sweet peas you gave me really took off also....so did the rest of the runners from green and red yard longs to sugar snaps! But, now they are all getting a beautiful brown dried up color...and I've given them plenty of water!

    I guess if I stare at my thumb long enough it will eventually turn green! I'm not too sure I'm getting pollinated! I need a bee hive, ya reckon?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jun 22, 2016, at 3:01 PM
  • What is turning brown, the flowers or leaves?

    The sugar snaps will die from the heat. The beans should love it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 22, 2016, at 4:46 PM
  • The leaves and stems...maybe that's what I'm seeing....I'll look closer at the beans but, I think they all are croaking from the heat!...I might get enough to plant next year though, at least from the snaps.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 23, 2016, at 11:23 AM
  • My wife came up with a way to bring some rain. She told me I should water the garden. Done deal. Just about as good as washing the car.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 23, 2016, at 3:46 PM
  • It worked! Water the garden and get rain. Glad I did not have to pull out all stops with a car wash.

    We seem to have gotten a substantial downpour based on our outside water dishes, and leaks in our garage roof. :-) Great way to judge rain, huh?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 24, 2016, at 7:46 AM
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