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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still haven't put the plants in the garden: woodchuck is still around and is avoiding the trap. The soil is so bad that I don't want to put them in yet. More manure is needed or even topsoil.

I wonder if the parsley depleted the nutrients. Took out the oregano finally and did not replant it elsewhere - too difficult.

Something is biting the pepper plants; found two pieces of stem at the bases and other leaves chewed or missing. Not sure what is causing it, but now I take them inside at night. There will have to be fences around them in the garden, maybe even a screen over them.

I love growing anything, but esp. the garden as Grandma and my Dad did. Not very enthusiastic this year though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And so, caught the woodchuck/groundhog and brought him to his new home on the other side of the arterial. Woods, swamp, reeds, brooks - great place for it to live in.

However, my neighbor's small garden, with a four foot fence around it, was chewed up by our little friends, Jack and maybe not Jill, the yearling deer. So they put another chicken wire fence over the top. Even that was bent a bit the next day, so they were trying to get in.

My neighbors told me not to plant yet because of this and I will probably have to put higher fences all around and on top as well like last year.

No mulberries so far - they usually come out late, but I think the frost killed the buds.

Slug can get into the garden though. I'll leave the back part open.

Milder lately and it can be chilly at night - reminds me of Northern California. So Slug stays with me until early in the morning.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess this is a reply to my own replies -

Finally some rain last week - very stormy but we got the edge - lightning less than a second apart, but not much thunder - a friend explained later that there was much heat lightning.

Thought it would be flooding downstairs due to the downpour but hardly any - that's because the ground was so dry. The next lighter rain resulted in using the shop-vac three times, the last at 3:30 in the morning - thought I had finished.

This might be lessened after they redo our street. Last time they resurfaced, the crown of the road was too low, so the rain came from the other side and into our driveway towards the house and down the sidewalk. Lots of gravel.

Another crack in the basement floor, perhaps when they put in new gas lines and moved the meters outside. Now a rep does not have to come in the house to read it, but it is vulnerable and looks bad in the front of the house. Anyone could turn the valve off too.

They got around to reseeding the lawn where they dug up, but that area makes the rest look bad. Actually mowed the other day.

Tomatoes are in late, and only one pepper so far. Basil growing very slow. Cooler now, perhaps too much.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveFerro wrote:
Finally some rain last week - very stormy but we got the edge - lightning

I wish we had some rain here! we do not have rain since.... d'oh! I don't remember.. maybe some months? We have dryness alerts now. It's forbidden to waste water washing cars, backyards, etc. or watering flowers. Confused
The heat is killing old people, burning woods, and season fruits are ripe already, like grapes (generally we have grapes in September). Even cows are making less milk than usual, because of the heat. Confused

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Simy,

That's how it has been here for months - crops are in danger of failing, and even worse out west with fires. Just like there, people dying too - from the heat (many in the over 100 ranges, and some people hit by lightning. Even tornadoes in New York State.

And these are only isolated and in storm lines - most missed us and went north and south. The apple crop is about the same, but smaller apple sizes. Much was lost by the late frost - the mulberries and lilacs esp.

When I lived in California, there were many years of drought, so we are used to not watering the lawn or washing the car, using the restrictor type of shower head etc. Marin County residents cut back by 11% one year. Most of the water for the plants comes from the dehumidifier in the basement.

Lots of vineyards around here, but they seem to have survived.

The tomatoes are growing so slowly - remembered that my grandmother (actually great aunt) used to put wood ashes in the garden. There were usually some from when they did canning. Some cinder blocks and logs or whatever boards could be found under a big rectangular (curved sides) metal container - bottles set in the rack and cover on.

There are a lot of coal ashes out back where previous owners dumped them. I asked my uncle Mike if they could be used and he wasn't sure. He passed away last month - the last of my father's six brothers.

I'll ask my mother to put everyone in her prayers - she goes to the chapel every day for an hour and there are several prayers during the day. I think she has a direct line.

Good to read you

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave,
thanks for asking your mother to put everyone in her prayers. hug

The weather is supposed to stay like this till Sunday, then perhaps we'll have some rain and some chilly air. Fingers crossed! Pray

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll ask my mother to intensify her efforts - maybe it will rain sooner.

Forgot to mention that it did rain again yesterday (Monday) and got the laundry off the line just in time. Had to put off mowing until today.

Today was nice, around 74F, and no cold wind from the north like yesterday. Too bad it can't be like this all year.

We have heard about all the problems in Europe and Asia - seems like every time I turn on the news there is an earthquake, volcano erupting, heat waves, flooding, fires - very worried about the people who have no place to go.

One of my mail sites is set up so I can see the temps in Sant'Elia a Pianisi and Siculiana - high 80s. L.A. only in the 70s - Fairfax down to 59 at night. Don't remember it being that cool there but it always went down at night - heated water beds or blankets even after summer days up to 98.

Take care, everyone,

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone
Would you like me to send you some rain??? I can assure you there's plenty of it here with lots to spare.
One minute the sun is out the next its a downpour guess it must be good that way for the plants - I'm sure I can see the grass growing as I look at it-- the weeds too!!
Its been very 'muggy' not a nice heat, and it really needs the rain to clear the air but this morning its a bit colder.

I know France where my daughter lives they have been having that heatwave too and they have had those warnings about not staying out in the sun too long and to keep a watch out for the elderly.

Dave thank your mother for keeping us all in her prayers and tell her I'm thinking about her and praying for her too. How old is she now?

Best wishes to all
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Emmy and all,

Still wish we could find a way to transport water from flood areas to dry places. Most of the U.S. is dry and I haven't heard of any flooding lately - there is usually a flood warning when a storm is about but that is because of local streams that are close to home and businesses.

The weather where you are is influenced by the ocean currents - interior Europe somewhat far off. You can see the storms forming on the radar maps.

Usually a rain clears the air and cools it off - I do remember warm showers when we were younger. The rainy season in N. Calif was steady and cool to cold, overcast but no thunder or lightning - except once we were surprised to hear it and lightning hit a boat in the bay. That's in the SF Bay Area - out in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys it can get stormy.

My mother will be 99 on Dec. 22 - we were talking at my Aunt Carrie's birthday at the rehab center about 105 and 110 year old people there. She still cooks and insists on doing the laundry.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, yes, please, send us some rain!!!!! The heat is very annoying and the humidity is about 70-80% now: believe me, it's quite impossible to breath Confused
Luckily Sunday it's supposed to rain Pray Hope the rain makes it a bit chilly.

Dave, please, send a big hug to your mother! hug

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hugs set for delivery to my mother in the a.m. - she will like that.

Forgot to mention that the news has been that the level on the Mississippi is so low that the barges can't get through and are backed up.

Have to check on Sluggo (no, not Nancy's boyfriend from old comic strips)


Finally might get some sleep tonight as it is 65F out and Slug won't mind it - or I won't be as worried.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveFerro wrote:
Forgot to mention that the news has been that the level on the Mississippi is so low that the barges can't get through and are backed up.

I've read about that too. That's scary Confused

Today the weather seems better here. It's a bit chilly and there is less humidity, about 55%. Yesterday we had 85% of humidity. I think that has been the worst day of this muggy summer Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, maybe my mother's prayers are working...though you said you expected it to be cooling.

Well, glad anyway that there is some relief.

It is that humidity that makes it so hard...

Today in the 80s and a breeze - sun not so harsh either - the angle must be getting lower.

Rain perhaps tomorrow.

Slug has been snoozing on the lawn or out behind the garage on his hammock. Stayed out there all night a few days ago.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveFerro wrote:
Hey, maybe my mother's prayers are working...though you said you expected it to be cooling.

Your mother's prayers worked!!!! It's cooler today and I had to put a blanket on last night!!!! Dancing Dancing Dancing

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi to all, Dave I guess your Mother's prayers are working as I heard that there has been some rain in Tuscany. We've had rain on and off down here for a week or so. It has been just enough to mess up evening sporting events and keep the humidity very high. In the last week the daylight have got really scarce. The Sun is coming out much later and going to sleep way to early for me. Funny thing that even though it is cooler we still have too much humidity for me to do outside activities. I did get to the car races once this Summer. Not much compared to three and four nights out going to car races last Summer.

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