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Re: This and that

we are having the same problem. many people have lost their corn and
other veggies due to heat. the tulip populars in our area are getting
yellow leaves. I'm struggling to keep some of my favorite plants alive.
We are -8" short of precipitation.

ETN Zone 7 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Friday, July 9, 2010 9:18:08 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [CHAT] This and that 

Two very trivial matters: 
Is anyone else an addict of crossword puzzles as I am? There is research 
to indicate that regular crosswords can delay mental deterioration, and 
I always have enjoyed them, I make a practice of beginning each day with a 
crossword. For a long time I have gone to The Daily Crossword Index at 
(http://puzzles.about.com/library/features/blxwdind.htm) I have found that 
sometimes the Saturday puzzle would be a repeat of a previous one, but 
this week the whole week's selection have been repeats. Annoying! 

On a more garden-related issue, I have been told at a recent garden club 
meeting that one person controls moles, woodchucks, and other boring 
pests by pouring bleach into the holes. Have any of you heard of this? 
Chipmunks are driving me nuts - they have made holes everywhere and 
are nibbling everything. I bought a big bottle of Clorox yesterday, and 
go out and pour it in some holes - see what will happen. 

This has been a disastrous garden season for me. I had very modest 
success with peas, but early heat put an end to them. Lettuce started 
out well. I always mix radish seed with my lettuce seed when I plant 
them - thin the lettuce by taking out the radishes as they grow. When 
the lettuce got up enough to start taking small ones for "mesclun" someone, 
probably chipmunks because the vegetable garden is fenced, first ate 
all the lettuce, leaving the radishes. Next day they took the radishes. 
My beans were looking great, and I thought at least they were too big 
for the chippies to eat, but someone else, must have been a woodchuck, 
got in and in one day finished all the beans, just as they were beginning 
to bloom. 

Normally I would have pulled out the peas after they finished, and put 
Kentucky Wonder beans along the fence, but I was deterred by an extra 
heavy work load, combined with the crashed computer. By the time I got 
those things sorta under control, the extreme heat made me feel it was 
unwise to spend time working in the garden. And now that the beans 
have been eaten, I wonder if it's worth the effort. The heat has abated 
somewhat - high yesterday was only 91, and today's high is predicted 
to be in the upper 80s, but it's drier than ever. I can only haul so much 
water, and don't dare run the hose any length of time since we are on a 
well. Lots of things are just turning brown, and not just mine - I see it 
everywhere. The weather this year has been insane! 

Sorry for the long rant - just needed toget it off my chest. 

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