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RE: Mid-summer garden

I tried to teach our dogs to wipe their feet too, but no luck.
Fortunately the problem does not come up that often here.
Our local fair is much the same as yours I think. We used to have a
really nice-sized fair for a small town, with lots of agriculture
entries and home arts entries. All those are way down now except for the
photography exhibits. I am feeling bad because I'm not entering anything
this year myself. I used to spin the wool from our sheep too, the
spinning itself is one of the more relaxing things in life, but getting
it to that point is a lot of work.
Got more bad news about water last night, husband is on the water board
and says the water agency is predicting they will cut our deliveries for
next year to something like 15% of normal. We should still be able to
buy water from other places but it's very expensive. It's beginning to
look like my decision on what to do with the front garden will get made
for me, but since I've been waffling about it for a couple years now
maybe I shouldn't be unhappy. We'll see.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 4:40 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Mid-summer garden

We're a ways behind you up here. Can't reliably plant green beans here
until the first of June, so we're now in the vining/bushing stages.
Most of the vegetables are just showing an interest in growing,
although we've harvested one crop of bok choy and about half of the

Mostly we spent the weekend installing/adjusting the micro-irrigation
system, mulching some of the foundation beds, and top dressing a
rainbow pea-gravel walkway. The irrigation installation is taking a
bit longer than I anticipated, mostly because I'm not too happy with
HD or Lowe's selection of parts and fittings and so have been ordering
them from Peaceful Valley, which takes a couple of days for delivery.
But it's coming along. I'd guess we're 1/3 ot 1/2 finished at this

A week or so ago, we filled a plastic tub with water then threw a
bunch of ajuga cuttings in it. They have mostly rooted, so we planted
a bunch of them as an edging or border on some of the main beds. Our
strategy is to use plants, mulch, and gravel to minimize mud mobility
during the rainy season--otherwise much of it ends up in the house.
One alternative, of course, is to teach the dog to wipe her feet.

We did get to the county fair on Sunday. Something of a disappointment
for gardeners. It is mostly a showcase for 4-H/FFA kids' livestock.
That's okay; I enjoyed it, especially the sheep judging and exhibits.
But I miss the domestic stuff--the quilting, canning, flower
arranging. One of the exhibits that I thought was a bit sad was a
judging of natural-colored fleeces. Beautiful whole fleeces in colors
from dark grey to reddish-brown. But not a single exhibit [let alone
judging] of carding those fleeces, spinning the wool, or knitting the
yarn. Made me kind of sad.

Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]

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