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RE: Summer arrives
  • Subject: RE: Summer arrives
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 16:32:00 -0700

I was pretty happy about the ring, you bet.
Foxtails are what we call the seeds from a couple types of annual grassy
weeds, here we have wild barley and red brome. The dried seedheads have
a wicked sharp point and are barbed like fish-hooks. They get caught in
the coat or in an ear, in between toes, wherever and the barbs just keep
working their way in until they pierce the skin. I battle it every year
but it is everywhere, there are thousands and thousands of acres covered
with this stuff, the only thing to do is mow, weed, and hack it down
from January through June. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 5:02 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Summer arrives

Wonderful about the ring, Cyndi!  I sold my first set to pay for the
set, but someone stole that set.

What's a foxtail?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" 
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 11:37 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Summer arrives

> We've been waiting and poof! summer's here. I hear it was 99F
> although it didn't seem that bad at my house, it's still breezy which
> helps quite a bit.
> Pea plants were done so I dug them out. Total was around 14 pounds of
> snow peas, I'm pretty happy with that. The spinach is starting to bolt
> but I still have lettuce since it got a much later start. We'll have
> eat a lot of salad though because it won't last long in this weather.
> see proto-squash on some of the zucchini plants, won't be too many
> before zucchini starts, but I don't see as many tomatoes forming as
> like. I did pick three bell peppers! While they got beat up pretty
> by the wind after I put them out, a few of them still fruited and all
> them are now recovering leaves tho they have a ways to go before
> lush. Corn is looking happy and my cukes and melons are coming along,
> the onions look huge already. I meant to direct seed some basil
> yesterday but didn't get to it.
> I had to take one of the dogs to the vet last week to get a foxtail
> removed from her ear. Second time in a month. DH suddenly realized
> if he'd fixed the weed-eater back in February like I asked, we'd have
> avoided $500 in vet bills by knocking down all that stuff before it
> to seed. He spent Saturday with his new weed-eater so that's now taken
> care of...but now we have loose foxtails all over the yard. Oh well,
> looks nicer anyway. But no action without unintended consequences you
> know, he took the tractor out just to make one last pass and the drive
> shaft to the mower attachment fell out and got mangled. I don't know
> what a replacement costs but I bet it isn't cheap.
> The best part - besides chores well done and sitting in my chair
> with a beer - was finding my wedding ring I thought I lost in the
> mountains last weekend. I found it inside our sleeping bag in the
> trailer. Maybe I dreamed I was putting on hand lotion?
> Cyndi
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