Muck Time Again

We had a great Friday at the beach. Joey, Mark and two friends came up from Brevard County and we did happy hour, that is funky hour, at the pier. Then to the ice cream shop for even more exotic tastes. Tom came up later in the evening and spent the night. That was a big help getting the car loaded again for the trip home. After breakfast on the pier, we returned home for about an hour then went to another friend’s birthday party down in Melbourne. So the day was long but fun.

I didn’t go out to see exactly how the garden had fared until Sunday morning. I expected to find some casualties and found them but also some unexpectedly fast growth from other items. I lost a half dozen baby eggplants but will probably be able to make new starts before it gets just too hot. On the positive, the corn grew wildly and there are actually a few stalks with tassels and cobs forming. Several tomato plants actually have little green fruit; ditto a couple of the cucumber plants and the first row of bush beans – all sporting little tiny veggies. The tomatoes required serious staking considering the amount of growth they put on in just a week. The weed growth was also surprising and I spent a couple hours doing a row by row, down on my knees, purge and while down there, pulled the last of the onions, half dozen zucchinis, and a row of scallions. I also pulled out the row of snap peas which had pretty much gone the course as expected. The remaining four broccoli which were still producing a meal of florets every day, had totally gone to seed and, along with the peas, filled the compost pile to overflowing. Oh yeah, so did the last of the spinach and swiss chard. All of these were scheduled to go so no surprises. The kale plants look as nice now as they did last November – unbelievable. I was also semi surprised to find that the variety of chard I had planted based on it’s supposed ability to handle heat, was still coming along nicely. My experience has been that when the seed companies say something can handle heat, they are talking about Maine kind of heat, not Florida kind.

The lake dropped even more. It’s now at the lowest I’ve ever seen it, exposing the area that I mined for lake bottom muck last year. I guess the good news is that I’ll be able to restart mining operations. Yuk. It would seem that the official rainy season is starting a month early but that is, so far, everywhere but at the lake so I might as well take advantage of the current situation and start loading up on muck. I remember just how much fun that wasn’t but I also think that the superior crop this winter was a direct result of all that soil reinforcement.

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