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The Garden of Eatin’ Part 2

posted 7/27/2012 6:55:13 AM |
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It has been a couple of months since I picked this back up. What can I say? The routine of a farm wife is very time consuming. With a garden going full tilt and a six-year old out of school for the summer in the middle of nowhere, one’s free time is minimal.

I am kept so busy that I have dropped 35 pounds. It is wonderful to go to take a pee and be able to see what I am doing. Of course, there is a downside to everything and in this case the weight loss in my face has led to turkey neck. Consequently I have decided to not shave my beard to negate the chances of being mistaken for a trophy gobbler when hunting season opens before Thanksgiving.

The garden was supposed to be a work in progress that was experimental in many ways. In terms of actual earth actually meeting the shovel there was less than 200 square feet cultivated though the spread of plants is over twice that. There were expectations of a pretty good yield this year. But next year would be the bountiful cornucopia when I figured it all out after getting 25 years of gardening rust off plus a new environment and had the beds fully developed.

I was unprepared for what would happen.

The Swiss chard, spinach and lettuce were the first to be harvested. By early April there were salads on the table and spinach on the plate every night. Popeye would have thought he was in heaven. The chard is interesting as it can go nonstop until winter. The leaves are like greens and the stems are very similar to celery. The latter is what we use it for primarily though it can be a stand alone side dish in either configuration or mixed into a vegetable medley.

Only five square feet of leaf lettuce was planted but it kept us, friends, coworkers, and my son in law’s family in salad until everyone was burned out on it. Finally, in mid-June when horrid the heat finally got to them, they had to be pulled. I believe that there are nine gallons of spinach now in the freezer.

I was led to quip in May that it wouldn’t be long until the next wave of vegetables we would get sick of would be coming along. There were two reasons for this beyond the care in preparation and planting. One was the warm early spring. The other is that there were almost no problems with insects until July.

The garden would prove to be a haven for wasps, spiders, lizards, and snakes that controlled the insect population. Additionally, the utility company had put a streetlight on a telephone pole. This attracts moths including those that lay eggs of the dreaded tomato worms. It also attracts bats that put on quite an aerial show at night catching and virtually eliminating them.

When I say were almost no problems with insects, there is one notable exception, ticks. There is something about my body chemistry that attracts them like a televised sporting event attracts beer advertisers.

There will be more ticks on myself than the rest of the household combined including the dogs. The dogs trotting off into the weeds and high grass of the fields pick up most of these. Rather than opt for a mutt meal they obviously prefer to take advantage of the free shuttle service to Bruce’s Bug Buffet.

Sometimes over a dozen whould have to be pulled off in a single day, usually above the waist, often in my hair. But not always. On one memorable occasion one latched onto a very private area. As near as I can recall it was the only time I didn't appreciate having my dick sucked on.

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Jul 27 @ 8:39PM  
I wouldn't mind a little garden in my backyard, but the dogs would get into it. I used to have nice flower beds in the back, and they've managed to trample them down over the years. Yes, I've tried to put little fences up, and these brats got over them. So, I've pretty much given up on the idea of any type of landscaping in the backyard. And next spring, I've got to get a new liner for my little waterfall/pond because the current one has a crack in it. I didn't even bother filling it this year. I needs a new hose and pump also.


Aug 2 @ 9:41PM  
Hi WoW, just popping in nd befre sneaking away quietly, I decided to read about your gardening and healthy eating.

I have a friend that has some country acreage, not gardened but good for just being out in nature. But damn them ticks!

Gortunately I spend alot of time naked there, but it is most disconcerting to see a tick on my nipple or on my leg. Even healthy sprays of DEET laden Cutter's doesn;t seem to keep them away.

So I started to research spraying to rid at least part of the area free of ticks. And I stumbled into something called tick tubes at .

THe idea is that you scatter biodegradable tubes of muse bedding that are soaked in permethrin. After all, deer ticks are spread primarily by field mice and not by deer. The mice take the bedding to ther nests, so that ultimately ticks are eradicated in all mouse burrows in the area. What a brilliant idea! Use a miniamal amount of permethrin to treat a large area by targeting the mice.

But why not make you own gifts of permthrin soaked cotton balls, yarn and other mouse bedding materials? W we just recently scattered "mouse satchets" that I fashioned out of paper napkins stuffed with leftover yarn, pillows stuffing, scraps of cloth,etc. After I made up the sachetrs, I dipped each in permethrin (while (outdoors wearing rubber gloves) and put them all in a garbage bag. I double bagged the "mouse sachets" and we took them down to my friends' place in the country.

I am betting that I won't see any ticks on my body anymore in a week or two.

I thoughtyou might want to try it too, even though the results of my experiment are notc complete. My friend did say that the sachets seem to have disappeared...

Aug 4 @ 12:01AM  
That is interesting. Our dogs get the ticks in the fields and we do also. We don't have many mice.

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The Garden of Eatin’ Part 2