cuc with child

The experimental cuc is with child. So that answers the question – if you break off your cuc during planting, can you regrow the stem and get cucumbers? I guess it’s remotely possible that it will have lost it’s hybrid characteristics and taste differently but I kind of doubt it. I’ll know in a couple of weeks.

I read something on the internet that gave me pause regarding the use of peat pots. Some commenters were reporting losses after planting due to the peat pot wicking water away from the roots of the contained plant. I lost an unusually high number of tomato plants and have had to really nurse along the other starts with frequent soaking. I have also noted after pulling up older plants that have finished their course, that the peat pot has not totally disintegrated – something I thought happened within a couple weeks of planting. I went out and did a close inspection of the peat pots I had planted and I suspect I may have been part of the problem. It looks to me like if the top rim of the pot is exposed to the air, it quickly dries out and probably does wick the moisture from the soil inside the pot. I never thought of that and wasn’t at all concerned if some of the rim was exposed. I’ve got about 20 pots left so when I use those I’ll be sure to break down the rim and make sure the entire pot is buried. Other folks complained about the cost of the pots, which I too have thought a bit high. If you buy them in lots of 100, they run between 10 and 15 cents each. Among those that had gone away from the peat pots, several recommended styrofoam coffee cups so I decided to give that a try. It involves removing the plant from the styrofoam container when transplanting but I think I’ll try that on the next batch of seedlings which are scheduled to get started today. The equivalent size styrofoam cup costs about 1 cent. Another group recommended making the pots from newspaper. I certainly have enough paper to make a jillion of so pots but reading the instructions does make it sound like a craft slightly above my dexterity level. Maybe I can interest my bride in the challenge.

We visited Simon to celebrate his 18th birthday and to give Nancy an opportunity to see his dorm room and other campus highlights. The last time she had visited the campus was sometime back in the late 60’s or early 70’s. It’s an hour and a half, portal to portal and a very nice, easy drive on a Sunday morning. His favorite dining hall was transitioning from breakfast to lunch so we each had exactly what we wanted. Simon seems to be loving the food and eating plenty but not putting on any weight – a couple of inches of altitude but no fat. He lives on the third floor so running up and down those stairs plus biking across campus several times a day is burning all the extra calories the goodies could be adding. One thing comes across loud and clear – he’s loving it.

All of a sudden we’re in the 80’s and getting some rain. That means I can remove the palmetto sun screens I have set beside most of the young plants and it means a shift in garden occupants – adding cauliflower and Chinese cabbage soon. Personally I’m ok with the sun shades but I do admit it makes the garden look a bit weird. The risk I took planting carrots, broccoli, and cabbage a week ago seems to have been a good bet. Assuming no weather surprises, this year the transition from hot weather crops to cool weather crops should be seamless with at least a month of overlap and great variety. The great thing is that with the expanded area, I still have almost 100SF unplanted so I can continue to add new plants gradually, setting up a continuous stream of goodies.

Political comment – I think it’s obscene that Obama has moved his campaigning onto college campuses. Trying to rally the most innocent, least political savvy group to vote for Democrats is shameful. This is a group that mostly has no concept at all of taxes, economics, earning a living or of many of the realities they’ll face in 10 years and sadly they will have been party to electing the very group that will suck them dry in the future. I honestly don’t see much difference between this and the cons that prey on the elderly – except that one is called a crime. The voting age used to be 21 and there was a good reason for that. Same logic as restricting sale of alcohol and tobacco to age 21. Young folks just don’t have the life experience to appreciate how destructive these early decisions can be on the rest of their lives. I’m not sure that thirty’s not an even better requirement. I think I was at least that and probably more like forty before I started understanding what the tax burdens and government regulations were really all about.

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