Beginning to Reclaim My Garden

I have been working so much at the Old School Museum and also on my porch at home that my garden is going to the weeds. It doesn’t help that it rains about every two or three days. It rained again last night. When I went to be there was nothing close on the radar. But, it was storming again during the night. Anyway, I finally got my tomato cages up and did some weeding. It is tough because like on Sunday I got out to work on the porch windows about 9 AM and by 3 PM I was just worn out from the heat. It is really warm this evening so after fixing supper for everyone and going into our old store/office to haul a load of stuff home I thought I might go out and just run the mower over some of the weeds that have grown up. But, it is just too hot and it has been too long of a day.

I used out battery powered string trimmer and hacked stuff out, then mulched around the tomatoes and then put the cages up. I uncovered 5 pepper plants also and got those mulched. Then I went down the rows of cabbage and just cut down all the grass and weeds. That little string trimmer is very handy in the garden. It is part of a set of Ryobi tools Janis bought a year or so ago. We have used them a lot. Maybe it would be nice if we just could go a week or two without any rain. That hardly seems possible.

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Sweet Corn Recovered

Sweet corn recovered from storm winds

Remember the sweet corn that was blown down. Well, it stood back up pretty nicely. Some of it is a little bent at the ground but it will stand just fine and produce as if nothing had happened. 

If you look inside the top of the corn plants you can see the tassel just getting ready to emerge. This part produces the pollen that falls on the silks that come out of the ear. I won’t be long now. 

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Corn Storm Damage

Sweet corn after a storm and heavy rain

This happens about every year. Some time during the growth of my sweet corn it gets blown over by a thunderstorm. Below in the pic is what it looked like yesterday evening. We had a big storm come through yesterday afternoon and sheets of rain were blowing from the west and the wind was swirling around. So the corn wound up partially blown over. This happens in part because the ground is so saturated with water it cannot support the plant. It is better this happens at this stage of growth because it will pretty much stand back up when the sun comes out. In fact, this evening it has pretty much stood back up because we had some sun for a while this afternoon. That is all it takes. But, it could very possibly happen again. It is worse when there are ears on the plants. Then they do not stand back up very well. 

We have had a continuous parade of storms the past week. Every day or night some big rain rolls through. It is very wet. The past weekend it was very humid. While working on the porch construction it was just hot and humid and my clothes were soaked. My garden is full of weeds and grass, some of which is starting to put seeds on. We need a couple of weeks with no more rain. I can not even get out and mulch my tomatoes. I think everything would benefit from some dry weather rather than more rain. Things are growing. We had broccoli tonight from the garden. The green beans are blooming. The potatoes don’t look so hot though. Not sure how they will turn out. 

Something that is especially disturbing about the big heavy rains is the amount of erosion they cause. I know I have said before the agriculture is inherently destructive and row crops are probably the worst. Modern agriculture puts profit ahead of everything so everybody looks the other way and they plant on about any surface the machinery will roll over without falling over. So we have all these fields that are not flat and you wind up with what looks like the pic below. And it is only June. There are months to go in this crop year. 

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