2020 fall garden prep

After another round of overheating, I implemented a change in approaches to keeping the garden and jungle under control.  I still start early, maybe 8:30, and then work my little heart out for a half hour or so.   At that point I have a good sweat going but don’t feel anything negative.   I go back in the house for 20 minutes or so to cool off and have a drink.  Then back to the task at hand.   So far that approach is working – getting a lot done and not killing myself. 

More specifically, I attacked the compost piles yesterday for a few hours and then again today for three.   One pile, the most mature, was about 2 cubic yards and needed to be spread in the garden in prep for the fall season crop.  I placed it all along the interior periphery – about 150 linear feet by 3’ wide.   If you do the math, it works out to a 4” thick layer of compost covering the 450 SF surface.   Doesn’t sound like that much but it’s lots of shoveling – and a lot of Tylenol.  

So I now have another almost full pile that’s mostly fresh and an empty shell for the new stuff.  Anything new that hits the ground goes into the empty bin while the full pile is turned weekly to keep it cooking and decomposing.  That pile should be ready for the garden by October.   

The next garden task is ordering new seeds for the fall.   I should start tomato plants and pepper plants in the next week or so with a plan to transfer those to the main garden the end of September to mid October.    At that same time I’ll start the first of the row crops directly in the garden – that would include carrots and green beans.  Those row crops will be planted in that 150’ strip mentioned above on a staggered basis so they don’t all pop at the same time.  Still too early to think about winter crops.  All weather permitting.   So I’m scheduling the hurricanes to be over and done with by the first of October. 

Finally some News

Last week   I might have overdone it or else I caught something that put me off my game for a few days.   Lots of muscle pain in my legs and back; shivers and chills all night long and well into the next day; a low fever that was on and off for a couple of days.   Other than that………  I was close to calling the doc or going to the ER but decided to tough it out a couple days – guessing that the real problem was overheating and dehydration.  I gradually recovered after a few days with lots of sleeping.   I’ll throttle back a little while it remains so hot.

 You might recall we tried freezing our garden greens this year to use in the summer.   They take up a lot of space in the freezer for the amount of greens but maybe worth it.   Today I made a pizza and decided to use the first of the frozen greens.   Just fine!   I was glad since we froze enough to provide pizza toppings until late fall at least – when the next crop should be popping.  

Finally some news.   A hurricane (with a weird name) on the way and a new car.    The forecast right now is that the closest the storm will get to us is Sunday afternoon where it’s predicted to be 50+ miles off Daytona/Ormond Beach.   That makes it 75 miles or so to the east of us and means tropical storm kind of winds, less than 50mph,  and a few inches of rain.   I have the dock tied down and the screen porch fairly well prepared.   Of course the track can change at any time  but being east of us is best.

The lease on the Encore was 27 months, coming due the end of November.   The Buick folks started hitting us with deals on cutting the lease short and starting a new one.   It sounded reasonable so we decided to schedule a meeting after Nancy had a doc appointment in Daytona, near the dealer.  3 hours later we were driving to my X-Ray appointment and then on to home in a 2020 Buick GS.   So it was quite a full day.  The GS is slightly larger than the Encore and less Suv like – a hatch back trunk but lower profile.   The color is steel gray, about the same color as our old Park Avenue, so we were fine with it.   I like driving it better since the lower CG means less sway and a lower wind profile.   I managed to figure out the XM radio so I can listen to Fox News and the Coffee Shop.