Good morning guys! I hope everyone is doin just fine and life is
Finally, we have gotten the garden out front cleaned up. Talkin bout a jungle, this thing had become exactly that. Weeds were almost head high in spots, but yesterday we finished pullin those mutha’s up.
They had gotten so bad in spots that we’d have to take the grubbing hoe and bust the roots up some. But, besides possibly an hour or so this morning, we’re be ready to till the soil, and start planting it back the first of the week.
We’ll have a couple of spots in our irrigation lines to splice back, “that dern grubbing hoe,” but it won’t take 20 minutes to do that. We’ll run it some to make sure all our heads or jets are working properly and we’re back in business.
I’ll probably go with a couple rows of okra, and finish most of it out with 2-3 types of peas. Probably black-eyes, cream 40’s and zippers or purple hulls.
I wasn’t going to plant peas this fall but after thinking on it some, as we’ve got a BUNCH canned and put up, but so many of our family and friends like them, I thought, you know, they can come and pick em a dern mess or two then I don’t have to give them my peas already shelled and canned!
It’ll be interesting to me this go round cause I’ve never set out things like peas, okra, squash and such this late in the year before. I’m curious to see how everything does. I do normally plant my peas in August, but this is usually around the first week. We’ll see??
With this storm that’s brewing, and the course they think it may follow, at this point I’ve had a few reservations in regards to, hopefully for sure there’ll be no “big winds,” but simply the amount of rain that could be generated from it.
We’ve be getting rain steadily the past week or so, and we’re not inundated by any means, but with these types of storms capable of dropping bucketfuls on ya in their passing, I do have a little reservation in regards to going ahead and settin out my garden. BUT, no guts, no glory, huh?
Plus, I try and use the moon favorable times to set out the garden, and if I wait for the storm to pass then I’ll probably miss the good plantin dates this go round.
I’d like to hear from some of you guys in your own experiences about moon favorable dates. I know my Granddaddy Troy used to tell me all the time, “Use the moon, son. If you don’t, using peas as an example, you’ll have the prettiest big bushes, but they’ll produce few peas.”
I always liked to listen to these “old timers,” in regards to gardening, but honestly, I haven’t tried it on dates the moon wasn’t favorable before. You know, above ground producing crops go in on a growing moon, while underground crops go in on a declining moon. Again, I’m just kinda curious in your own experience on this.
After we finish the de-grassin in the garden, we’ll turn into planting the grow areas around the greenhouse. This we should have completed by tomorrow.
Oh, before I forget…I bought me some new britches! Yep, ole Dub in new britches! I gotta say it was out of necessity…ALL my old ones were fallin off me, literally. I swear, this juicing daily, getting some good exercise each morning, doin the gardenin, and watchin what I eat more closely is really paying off!
I’ve gone from a 44 waist, sounds crazy to me now that I’d let myself get into that kinda shape, to a 38. Look out 34, I’m headin your way. I weigh 255 now, down from 317. If I hit a 34 waist, this’ll be the first time I’ve worn that size britches, I believe, since pre-school. LOL!
Anyway, I feel great! One thing that helped to get me on this “health kick” is one of my trips to KFC…ya know, the chicken place. The FRIED chicken place.
I’m standin in line waitin to order, and once I get to the register I ordered a bucket. Now ya got to realize that I’m standin there by myself, just me, and the young lady takin my order asks, “Is this for HERE or to go, sir?” LOL!
Again though, what a difference in the way I feel now, versus then. It’s incredible!
Back to the grow areas. We’ll be settin some tomatoes, though I haven’t hardened them up yet, but I’ll be settin them out today to start letting them become accustomed to the full sun.
I will be planting some okra, squash, and cucumbers, and I have some eggplants and peppers that I’ll be hardening as well. These, like the tomatoes I’ll be planting in earnest next week sometime.
Well, that bout brings ya up to date on what’s goin on here at our place so, let’s end up with something to ponder on a minute or two…this from our ole buddy, Gary.
The Coyote Story
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A
coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog.
The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and
then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is
natural. In the process the Governor is bitten by the coyote.
He calls Animal Control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the
State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State
$200 testing it for diseases.
The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases
from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a
$100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.
The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness
program” for residents of the area.
The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies
and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The
State spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special
training regarding the nature of coyotes.
PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against
The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote
jumps out and attacks his dog.
The Governor shoots the coyote with his State-issued pistol and keeps
jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge and about $500 of his personal money on his gun.
The buzzards eat the dead coyote.
AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS WHY CALIFORNIA IS BROKE AND TEXAS IS NOT.
Then, last but not least we have a tongue in cheek from our ole buddy Bill, who LEFT California, and resettled in…ole Kaintuck…
A mother and her very young son were flying West-jet Airlines from Ottawa to Calgary. The little boy
who had been quietly looking out the window, turned to his mother and said, ‘If big dogs have baby
dogs, and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big airplanes have baby airplanes?’ The mother who
couldn’t think of an answer, told her son to go ask the flight attendant. So the boy walked down the aisle
and asked the flight attendant who was busy serving drinks.
She smiled and asked, ‘Did your Mom tell you to ask me?’ The boy ‘Yes, she did.’ ‘Well, then, you go and
tell your Mom that there are no baby airplanes because West-jet always pulls out on time. Have your
mom explain THAT to you.’
You guys all have a great day and God bless! Please remember to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!