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Re: Turn off the wind!
  • Subject: Re: Turn off the wind!
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:06:30 -0500

I can identify with wind issues (probably why I cannot grow Eastern Hemlock successfully). But we are dealing with RAIN. I may never get my beans (green and soy) planted... the soil is just too wet. The weeds are going crazy, and I am having trouble keeping up. Saw deer track in my perennial bed today and definite evidence of their removal of the tops of Lilium michiganensis (sigh). Where are the mountain lion and wolves when you really need them?
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On May 28, 2013, at 5:08 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

Three days of rain here - followed by a sunny but cold day yesterday - not
out of the low
50s. Today it is a bit milder - 64, but again rainy. We needed some rain
but not this
much - over six inches in the past week. And it has been in the low 40s
each night -
not our usual spring weather. Crazy!

I set out some tomato plants yesterday even though it was so cool - I hope
they have
been hardened off enough. I have peas up, but don't dare plant beans or
squash yet.
The ground is just not warm enough.

I have ordered Caladium bulbs from a Florida wholesaler, and they came
Friday.  Most
years they don't ship until after Memorial Day, so I was surprised to get
them.  I don't
dare put them in the ground yet, for I know they don't like this much cold
and wet.
I get these every year for my garden club and other friends. I've always
had great
success with them.


In a message dated 5/28/2013 5:49:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, gardenquee
n@gmail.com writes:

windy  here too.  I need to burn but can't w/ this wind.

On Tue, May  28, 2013 at 3:19 PM, Zemuly <zemuly@comcast.net> wrote:

The  weather here was ideal over the long weekend. It's supposed to
remain  that way until rain is predicted for Thursday. I have no

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On May  28, 2013, at 1:35 PM, "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 412
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

We're having yet another wind event, this office is in a manufactured building and it's creaking and groaning all around me. They're saying
gusts up to 70mph.  I am so tired of wind. I don't even know if
more or less than previous years, I just know I'd really  like it to
stop. There's dust everywhere inside, sand piles up in corners outside, my patio plants are tattered...argh. Someone turn off the fan please.
I meant to get the roses deadheaded this  weekend but that didn't
I lost momentum after stepping on  a gopher snake in the garage.  I
most of you are  Facebook friends so you can read about it if you
already. I'm really glad we have never seen a rattler at my house. My
friend at work asked where was my husband in all this? Well, he  was
loafing in the air chair in the backyard. After I shooed the snake out
walked back there, all frazzled, and he looks up and says "Was that you screaming?". I love him dearly but that was definitely a husband Fail.
Went into the vegetable garden Monday morning and the biggest tomato
plant - 3  feet tall - was completely wilted. A gopher came up
underneath, ate all the roots and six inches of the stem. In 20+ years
of  gardening I have never seen that.  They do a lot of damage but
tomatoes! Husband set a trap and got him, I dug up a volunteer tomato out of a spot I haven't weeded yet and replanted, but I don't know if replanting was worth it or not. So far we've dispatched six rabbits, eight ground squirrels and five gophers and it's not even June. It's just astonishing how much damage the critters are doing this year, we
are just not used to needing so much protection. I lost all the
most of the peas, half the beans, all the cilantro, four tomato plants so far; I've given up weeding near the melons, cucumbers and zucchini
hoping the critters will not be able to  find the plants among the
On the plus side the corn looks  pretty good and there are still 14
tomato plants left. Picked the first zucchini on Sunday too. I haven't pulled back the row cover over the peppers but I peeked and they seem
okay, I'll need to  get in there to weed soon.
I'm still looking for the perfect irrigation setup. I have been using that leaky hose, but it only lasts a couple years and isn't cheap. So I
bought drip tape,  which also was expensive but is supposed to last
longer, and that didn't work at all. It puts out so little water that I had to run the sprinkler timers at the max time - 99 minutes - and even that wasn't enough. Decided it wasn't worth buying another controller
to add watering times so I'm back to leaky hose. But now it's
large holes where the critters are biting it trying to  get water.
Sigh...gonna be one of those years.
I went riding twice this weekend, that was fun although the wind makes it rather gritty. I was so pleased with my horse River on Monday, our ride included a tunnel under the road. I got him last year but somehow we haven't tried a tunnel before. I didn't know what he would do and
anticipating a struggle, most horses don't like it. But he pricked up his ears and zipped through like he'd done it a million times, actually trying to get in front of the other horses to go through. I'm guessing
he had very  pleasant experiences in past either with tunnels or
something like that, a dark barn passageway maybe, and at the end was
his  home or a treat. I'll have to try him with the tunnel under the
freeway near us, it's much longer.
Hope everyone's doing okay, no  flooding or tornadoes.


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