Summer garden is happening

summer-attemptThe pic shows the summer garden transition. Most of the spring planted goodies are gone and not much of the new stuff is up yet. The trellis work in the foreground will be the new cucumber patch. There’s another cucumber patch planned for another part of the garden. The plan is to plant two different varieties in two different locations. At each trellis I’ll start 4 plants, each separated in time by 3-5 weeks. I’m trying to cover varietal differences, timing differences and soil condition differences to see if anything works in the middle of the summer here. Not very likely but………………. Doing the same time and spatial separation on summer squash but going exclusively with the Cavili, light green, squash that was so successful this year. I know from history that every other variety I’ve tried has just cratered in the heat and humidity of our summers but these plants were strong right up to the end and showed no signs of heat capitulation. This will be a real test.

I haven’t mentioned the sweet potatoes for a while. I ended up with only four plants growing but that might be a good thing based on the size of the vines. Wow! I have no idea what’s going on under the surface but the foliage is incredible, a deep, deep green/purple that keeps growing and growing and growing. The computation says they’ll be ready for harvest July 24.

After yanking all the exhausted items from the garden, I spread the pile of compost that was ready, about 2 yards, in the area where the corn performance had been a bit lack luster. Then started a new pile. So I’m back to cooking two piles, one full and the other about half way and ready for new input over the next couple of months. The one I label full is actually overfull after I loaded and loaded and loaded last week. It’s so full I can’t turn it until it cooks down for at least two weeks. I started that pile at the end of May and anticipate using it in October; the brand new pile will be a December event. You’d think I’d eventually run out of space to use the compost but it does further disintegrate and get consumed in the garden and it’s a really big garden area to keep up with.

Cheap Gas

Survived the ordeal. Kinda.

Publix has been running a special on and off for the past year or so that still has me scratching my head. For every $25 worth of groceries, you can buy a $50 gas credit card for $40 – either BP, Shell, or Hess. It sounds too good to be true but we’ve done it a few times now and there seems to be no catches or hitches at all. I’m not sure why everybody doesn’t just do it but nobody I’ve ever talked to does. My neighbor thinks there must be a catch somehow and Nancy’s friend prefers Chevron gas. Those same people would drive quite a distance to get gas at $2.80 instead of $3.50 but for some reason, they don’t see this deal in that light. I can imagine the lines at any gas station offering gas at 20% less than the competition but somehow people don’t view this offer that way. We almost never go into Publix with purchases less than $25 and, more often than not, get two cards. We’re actually building up a backlog of gas credit cards that we just pop in the glove box to be used whenever. For a few years now we’ve routinely used BP when it’s convenient because our cars get noticeably better mileage than discount gas so this whole thing is a big win for us.

When mushrooms are growing on the lawn, that’s a sign the drought is over, right? By our rain gauges, we picked up 4” this week. If we can do about 10 weeks like that, the lake will be back to normal. The bad news is that now the lawn requires cutting at least once a week and the bugs are back in full force.