Planting Mudfish

Talk about fast germination. A couple days ago I realized I hadn’t started any Chinese cabbage yet, so I did. When you start seeds indoors no light is necessary but as soon as they germinate, you need a good light source to simulate sunlight. For whatever reason, I went into the guest room, aka seed starting room, and saw that the Chinese cabbage had already popped out. I quickly turned on the grow light but hadn’t planned to visit there for a few more days so I was lucky to catch it so soon. That would have been a bad thing since light at an early point is very important for the future well being of the plant. Also very fast – radishes. Today I was thinning them after planting the seed less than 2 weeks ago. I told Nancy to break out the radish recipes because we have loads coming in about a month.

I also put in some celery plants and put an eyeball on the carrots which will need thinning in a week or so. Ditto the beets. With radishes you get 100% yield on the thinning process, meaning they all survive. With carrots it’s more like 50%; beets 25%. The reason beets are so fragile is that several beets germinate from one seed – actually a seed cluster – and when you try to remove one from a cluster, it disturbs the others. The recommended approach is to take tiny scissors and clip off all but one in the cluster but it’s just too tempting (for me) to try to delicately extract each one individually. Besides, Nancy won’t let me use her tiny scissors to cut beet stalks.

George went out spec fishing and caught a mudfish along the way. Mudfish are a rough fish, very nasty teeth, and generally difficult to deal with. They can get fairly large but this one was small, maybe a pound. He kept it just to rid the lake of the pest but it looked like fertilizer to me and it is now resting peacefully between a couple of small broccoli plants. Call it a science experiment. Will those plants do better than the others in the row? Will the broccoli have a slight fish flavor? A muddy flavor?

Obama has not lost one iota of credibility with me as a result of the Healthcare rollout. The move to allow people to return to their old policy gives him two new scapegoats when it doesn’t happen – the insurance companies and/or the individual state’s administrations become the bad guys. When he says he didn’t know the web site was screwed up two weeks before the launch, either he didn’t ask any questions or he was lied to when he did. I think they’re taking the “don’t ask, don’t tell” philosophy to cover broadly everything. Personally, over my career I attended hundreds of executive level project reviews and would have nightmares before and after based on the intense grilling involved. It’s just not believable to me that those kinds of sessions weren’t being held daily all summer long.

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