Weeds Explained

Well the Patriots resolved my conflict by cutting Tebow. I’ve never like the Pat’s but when they hired Timmy, I found myself actually rooting for them. Now I can put them back where they belong.

I think I’ve mentioned weeds before in previous postings. Unquestionably this year I’ve seen and pulled more weeds in the garden than ever before and by a wide margin. I took some solace in the fact that it gave me plenty of exercise and provided material for the compost pile. I also gave credit to the improvement in the soil. This week there was a full page article in the Wall Street Journal about the incredible increase in weeds east of Rockies to the Atlantic, North to South, top to bottom. Turns out the reason we’re all experiencing this phenomenon is that last summer was much drier than usual and it was followed by a milder than usual winter and a wetter than normal spring. All of that combined to create the explosion of weeds. West of the Rockies it was exactly the opposite so I guess they’re all seeing a very low weed population this year.

The question you’ve been burning to ask is whether or not interplanting Smerelda beans and Blue Lake beans would result in cross pollination or if each would retain it’s individual characteristics. Answer – the Smerelda’s completely dominate. Smerelda’s are the flat, Romano style beans whereas Blue Lakes are the traditional long, slender bean. All we’ve been harvesting are flat beans even though the blue lakes are producing plenty of blossoms.

Bass fishing has been different for the past few months. Due to the extremely low lake levels, I really hadn’t done much fishing in our lake at all for the past couple of years but since late June, I’ve started hitting it regularly. In the past, if I went out for an hour or so I’d typically pick up a few small bass in the half to one pound range; maybe something bigger occasionally but lots and lots of small bass. This year I’m getting no small ones but regularly landing 5 pounders. I’m definitely ok with that but it is surprising and bodes well for fall and winter fishing when the large bass generally move closer to the shoreline.
I’m going to start catching shiners and freezing them for surf bait. Don’t you think they should be as effective as frozen mullet for catching blues? For sure they’ll be cheaper. I feed the fish off the dock once or twice a day and it swarms with shiners and bluegills. Shiners are bigger and faster and when you first start feeding them, the swarms are dominated by shiners so it’s simple to catch a couple quickly – where quickly means within 10 seconds of starting. They must be smarter than bluegills too because after you catch the first couple shiners, it’s all bluegill after that. I’m throwing a few bluegills into the bag to later serve as frozen bait for the surf but really think the shiners are the trick. I’d like to have a few smaller shiners so I can fish them whole but it seems like they are all 8” or larger. For your interest, these shiners are Golden Naturals as opposed to silver, hatchery grown shiners. The former are much preferred by bass fisherman and cost about $25 a dozen. Silvers are less than half that. My game plan is to pick up a few each day so I have a dozen or so before I hit the beach.

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