Eating Corn

Talked to George again yesterday, first time after the new Pacemaker installation. He (and the doctors) had a rough time of it – a planned 2 hour procedure turned into 5.5 hours. Apparently there was quite a bit of scar tissue associated with the old one and much more bleeding than anticipated but in the end, all was done well and proper. He said he feels like a million bucks and could feel absolutely nothing but normal. With the old one he experienced what he calls PVC’s which must be some kind of fibulation but none with the new and improved 2012 model. He thinks he’ll be released to come home on Tuesday, which will surprise me a little just because a Tuesday release was the original plan before the pacemaker entered the picture. He sure sounds good.

Personally I feel good – about back to normal in terms of endurance. So I’m out there digging and turning just like the good old days a couple months back. Got a current blood report and things are looking better each time. Next check is in 4 weeks – glad to be past the once a week checks. I know from past experience that getting blood levels back to normal takes a while. Potassium is normal so that didn’t take long at all. I found out that almost all the veggies we eat are loaded with potassium which makes sense when you think about it. Potassium is one of the main ingredients in fertilizer and my compost is loaded with it by virtue of the wood ash from the burn pile. The only booster I added was to drink a glass of orange juice every morning and put half a banana in my cereal.

We have corn! It looks good and it tastes even better. I can’t really estimate the crop size but pretty sure there are 100+ ears out there just waiting to make a grand entrance. Not quite as good a report on the Idaho potatoes. I guess that’s why they call them Idahos. We ended up with 3-5 pounds, none very large – they pale in comparison to the real thing. Back to Yukon Golds next season.

Florida Staysweet
Florida Staysweet

I pulled out the last of the squash and cucumber plants. We got lots of produce but I still think they failed to live up to their potential because of a stink bug infestation. This is two years in a row for that problem so I may have to rethink variety selection and growing technique. The stinks don’t seem to care about anything but squash and cucumbers. Probably if I had melons, those would be attacked as well. The squash I grow are bush varieties. I choose those because they take up less garden space than the vining varieties. They did really well as long as I had the insect covers but they eventually just got too big to cover properly. I also planted a few without covering at all and they simply were infested before they produced anything so I know the covering works. My thought is that if I switch from bushes to vines, I can leave them covered longer. With cucumbers, I’ve been having them climb up trellises rather than crawl horizontally. Same deal – I theoretically get more cuc’s per square foot of garden – but in doing so, just can’t cover properly for insect protection. My plan for next season is to let the cuc’s vine horizontally. When I prepare the rows for planting, I’ll completely cover the ground with newspaper to prevent the cucumbers from making contact with the ground where some creepy crawlers munch them.

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