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Garden Thread: Vacation Style

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Our lovely and talented KT is away on vacation. So you are stuck with yourselves this weekend.


What's in your garden? Does it look like this?


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Or have you been out in the veggie garden?

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The knowledgeable and entertaining KT will be back next weekend, we hope!!

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at 11:44 AM




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1 I wish I didn't fear flying so much. I would someday love to see one of these Fiji huts in person. Sigh.

Posted by: squeakywheel at August 12, 2017 11:35 AM (Y/UW5)

2 I would love to have one of those Fiji huts here but I don't know anyone here who could maintain them.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 12, 2017 11:37 AM (mpXpK)

3 I love to go to cans...

Posted by: FeFe le Cov at August 12, 2017 11:37 AM (+OQTH)

4 Does anyone know about foxglove? We have a bunch of yellow blossoms. A couple days ago I was on a dirt road deep in the White Mountains and found some purple foxglove growing by the side of the road.

Could a bird have carried it in or is it likely that someone had disposed of yard debris there?

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 11:39 AM (jw2Xw)

5 We have been getting monsoon moisture that last couple of weeks and it has been lovely to have a break from having to water the baby trees and garden. My garden is two zucchinis and some taters and some flower beds that are self seeding + perennial bulbs and even at that low level it is neglected.

I had some left over organic taters that I didn't eat and they produced a bunch of eyes. I planted them and they grew big and bushy right away but I don't know if they are making any taters. Its loose sandy soil and I cannot feel any taters poking with my fingers. I will dig them up in a few weeks and find out.

Posted by: PaleRider at August 12, 2017 11:40 AM (8qFZP)

6 That first pic: looks like Guam! Hope it doesn't tip over.

Posted by: m at August 12, 2017 11:41 AM (LRfkc)

7 Love the Fiji huts, and I'm with you, squeakywheel, I hate flying now, so I won't get to experience those.

I wonder if they could do something similar down in the Keys???

Posted by: moki at August 12, 2017 11:41 AM (V+V48)

8 7 I wonder if they could do something similar down in the Keys???

Posted by: moki at August 12, 2017 11:41 AM (V+V4

I have seen some of those huts up on the beach but not out in the water.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 12, 2017 11:43 AM (mpXpK)

9 Jeb Bush is basically Cyril Figgis from Archer.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at August 12, 2017 11:43 AM (q6C1L)

10
I had some left over organic taters that I didn't eat and they produced a bunch of eyes. I planted them and they grew big and bushy right away but I don't know if they are making any taters. Its loose sandy soil and I cannot feel any taters poking with my fingers. I will dig them up in a few weeks and find out.
Posted by: PaleRider at August 12, 2017 11:40 AM (8qFZP)

When the plants start to flower is when the spuds are supposed to be ready, according to all of my gardening books. Somewhere around 50-60 days after planting. For beets, it's 45 days after planting.

I did the same thing with sweet potatoes, and they have the most gorgeous foliage-it starts out purple, then turns a lovely chartreuse.

Also, did you know you can pick some of the potatoes, and cover the rest up to keep growing? I just learned that, and thought that was a useful tip.

Posted by: moki at August 12, 2017 11:43 AM (V+V48)

11 Good morning Greentumbs

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 11:46 AM (pPKG5)

12 Is there water, sewage and electricity in that hut?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at August 12, 2017 11:48 AM (IqV8l)

13 >>> flower beds that are self seeding + perennial bulbs and even at that low level it is neglected.

Sounds like my yard.

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 11:48 AM (jw2Xw)

14 When you drop a deuce in that hut, where does it go?

Posted by: navybrat at August 12, 2017 11:49 AM (w7KSn)

15 My flowers have been doing well, but the yard is just not making it. Too much moss earlier in the year.
Now it's moles. Vile little creatures.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 12, 2017 11:49 AM (0tfLf)

16 Was getting lunch,
Garden doing ok, lots of tomatoes and cucumbers.
Question, what makes lettuce bitter, heat? Because myine started so yanked some but not all and with the cooler temps last few weeks it seems good again, having some on a turkey sammy with tomato.
Also 1 Spaghetti squash has called it so yanked it out.

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 11:54 AM (pPKG5)

17 Posted by: navybrat at August 12, 2017 11:49 AM (w7KSn)

Some of the columns carry power, communications, and other utilities.

Posted by: Fox2! at August 12, 2017 11:56 AM (brIR5)

18 Well, I hope KT went to Fiji for vacation and not to, say, Bellingham.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 12, 2017 12:00 PM (mkDpn)

19 17 Posted by: navybrat at August 12, 2017 11:49 AM (w7KSn)

Some of the columns carry power, communications, and other utilities.
Posted by: Fox2! at August 12, 2017 11:56 AM (brIR5)

Transport tube for the spousal unit? Buh-bye Honey, zooom she goes.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 12, 2017 12:00 PM (ZTRlp)

20 Strawberries fruited but bunnies called dibs. Hummingbirds didn't show up this year AFAIK, the bees did though. Neighbor's fig tree is so big it's forming obstacle to my yard.

Posted by: kallisto at August 12, 2017 12:01 PM (eO2Z0)

21 Y'know those thatched roofs are fulla bugs.

Posted by: BignJames at August 12, 2017 12:01 PM (x9c8r)

22 i fly 8-10 times a year. flying is not as scarey as sharing the road with texting hipsters at 80 m.p.h. also, half asleep truckers. and drivers that can't read english. fuck driving.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at August 12, 2017 12:03 PM (KP5rU)

23 On potatoes, if the foliage is growing they are growing potatoes, but could be too deep to feel. For full sized ones, just wait until the leaves start to turn brown, then dig them up, brush off the dirt and set them out in a cool dark spot to dry and cure. You can start digging when they start blooming for smaller new potatoes. Loose sandy soil would make it much easier to dig than our red clay.

We did sweet potatoes a couple of years, and were surprised at how many we got from just a few plants. Those decorative purple potato vines are cool too.

Posted by: Just wondering at August 12, 2017 12:04 PM (WBYpW)

24 It is an off year for my Gravensteins, and the other apples are not putting much out it looks like. I should have lots of plums.

I still don't have tomatoes, so I have stopped watering them so much to see if that will encourage them to ripen. There are a lot of them and they are all white right now. Everything is behind even with the recent 100F weather.

I do have eggplant and melons though, I plan on eating the first cantaloupe this weekend.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 12, 2017 12:07 PM (mkDpn)

25 All I'm picking now is okra. It sure loves the heat. Impatients are still blooming well in the shade, but most of my flower and rose garden is just an overgrown jungle at this point. You know it's August in the deep south when you only want to work in the garden before 8 am or in the evenings by flood light!

Posted by: Just wondering at August 12, 2017 12:11 PM (WBYpW)

26 On potatoes, if the foliage is growing they are growing potatoes, but could be too deep to feel. For full sized ones, just wait until the leaves start to turn brown, then dig them up, brush off the dirt and set them out in a cool dark spot to dry and cure. You can start digging when they start blooming for smaller new potatoes. Loose sandy soil would make it much easier to dig than our red clay.

We did sweet potatoes a couple of years, and were surprised at how many we got from just a few plants. Those decorative purple potato vines are cool too.


Read awhile back that potatoes need a cool climate and loose soil for really good growth, whereas sweet potatoes do well in clay and a hot climate. Since local conditions are semi-tropical soil (red clay) and a southern climate, I figure that is why our red potatoes never seem to do very well. I'd like to see how sweet potatoes do, but I don't live with my parents and the garden plot anymore and no one has time to plant or maintain a garden these days.

Wish I could get my Mom to spend as much time and care on the vegetable garden as she does on the flower beds - we'd at least keep it from having five foot weeds as it does now - but that is not going to happen.

Posted by: Grey Fox at August 12, 2017 12:12 PM (bZ7mE)

27 Could a bird have carried it in or is it likely that someone had disposed of yard debris there?

Carried by tiny space-faring foxes what loose the seeds when they perform aerial maneuvers.

Posted by: Peppy at August 12, 2017 12:14 PM (ZRQ34)

28 Thatched roofs in the north eastern US have a bottle of Irish whisky in them, put there by the Irishmen who put the thatch on, they got a bottle from the last group who put the thatch on and leave one for the next crew.

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 12:15 PM (pPKG5)

29 My garden is full of mud puddles. My tomatoes are all broken from the 5 inches or so of rain we've had in the last week. The peppers and cucumbers look great, though.

Posted by: huerfano at August 12, 2017 12:16 PM (TO4Og)

30 Don't have a garden and haven't been on a vacation my entire working life. Bleah.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 12, 2017 12:19 PM (0mRoj)

31 I have a dozen green Anaheim peppers growing but need some sun to help them.
And should have a batch of green/wax beans in a day or so.

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 12:21 PM (pPKG5)

32 You're killing me with the Tahiti pic.

I haven't had a vacay in 4 years.

Posted by: mpfs at August 12, 2017 12:26 PM (79p/O)

33 My garden is full of mud puddles. My tomatoes are all broken from the 5 inches or so of rain we've had in the last week. The peppers and cucumbers look great, though.
Posted by: huerfano

I hear ya.
The hail storms have destroyed a lot of my tomatoes.

Posted by: mpfs at August 12, 2017 12:27 PM (79p/O)

34 I haven't had a vacation in many years, but should have at least bolted for SC for the eclipse and a working vacation

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 12:28 PM (pPKG5)

35 >>> Carried by tiny space-faring foxes what loose the seeds when they perform aerial maneuvers.

While that has great potential for an animation short, I don't think that is how the plants got there.

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 12:29 PM (jw2Xw)

36 Nice floating hut. Very serene. Can't wait to take a dump in it and burn it down.

Posted by: Nameless refugee, your uninvited guest at August 12, 2017 12:30 PM (UW4Uc)

37 So, we sticking to gardening here, and "open" topics below?

Just for the heck of it bought seedlings of Japanese eggplant, and Japanese cucumber (1 of each). Eggplants are finally appearing (one was harvested already), but cucumber plant, while healthy and expanding and blooming, has yet to set any fruit.

Second wave tomato plants next to these small veggie plants (yellow pear, and black cherry) are healthy but stunted, I think, by the ficus blocking sun part of the day (fruit is outstanding though). Third wave tomatoes (one early girl and two cherries in 15-gal pots) are going strong.

Off gardening - the "Googlag" slur is of course funny and perfect, except for one thing. The young'ins (most of them), which means most of Google and similar outfits, are completely lacking in historical knowledge. Even of their own, recent history. Not to mention lacking American values (thus their authoritarian tendencies). So this perfect skewer actually becomes an "inside joke" for literate, American-mindset Americans. Just emphasizes the horrible state of affairs.

And for a fuller geekish understanding of the term, the portmanteau "gulag" comes from Main Camps Administration (GLAV-noye uprav-LYEN-iye LAHG-rov). Classically dull Soviet bureaucratese.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 12:36 PM (QDnY+)

38 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no desire to travel?


Sorry for being nosy. I'm nosy.


Posted by: grammie winger - when I was younger so much younger than today at August 12, 2017 12:38 PM (lwiT4)

39 27 Could a bird have carried it in or is it likely that someone had disposed of yard debris there?

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African swallows are known to carry foxgloves by grabbing them by the husk.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 12, 2017 12:38 PM (PXj2C)

40 Could a bird have carried it in or is it likely that someone had disposed of yard debris there?

Birds of all kinds can 'carry' all kinds of seeds to far away locations. (For example, there's a new blackberry plant under one of our trees-- not planted by my hand, that's for sure!)

It's certainly possible that someone dumped stuff there.

Foxglove seeds are quite tiny, so also could have been blown in by wind or "hitched a ride" on some other object or animal.

Posted by: JQ Flyover at August 12, 2017 12:40 PM (5muuD)

41 38 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no desire to travel?

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I didn't take a real vacation last year because Only Daughter needed a wedding. A whole year of saving and spending went into that production.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 12, 2017 12:40 PM (PXj2C)

42 Cicero - yep. A wedding will leave you flat broke and then some.

Posted by: grammie winger - when I was younger so much younger than today at August 12, 2017 12:41 PM (lwiT4)

43 38 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no desire to travel?


Sorry for being nosy. I'm nosy.


Posted by: grammie winger - when I was younger so much younger than today at August 12, 2017 12:38 PM (lwiT4)

Neither the money nor the time. When I was working the now-ex-wife made sure there was no money available for such things, plus I was busy as hell. Since becoming unemployed there's no money for any extras at all.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 12, 2017 12:46 PM (0mRoj)

44 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no desire to travel?

Finances. I (theoretically) can take as much time off as I want - when I was hired my boss told me that flexibility was the only benefit that he could offer - but since I am paid by the hour it is pretty hard to take much time off without running into serious financial difficulties, much less when I have to pay to travel.

I'm taking "vacation" to mean a week or so off and a trip for its own sake - I get time off from Christmas to New Years b/c the boss is away, which is spent with my extended family, and some odd days in which there is no work available which is mostly spent at home trying catch up on housework and projects. I've also taken a Friday off in the spring the last few years to attend the Kentucky rifle show two hours from where I live, which is a small vacation of sorts.

Posted by: Grey Fox at August 12, 2017 12:47 PM (bZ7mE)

45
Sorry for being nosy. I'm nosy.


Posted by: grammie winger - when I was younger so much younger than today at August 12, 2017 12:38 PM (

We have been on vacation, but we don't go as long or as far as we'd like because of work.
We go on vacation in the winter because that's my husband's slower time.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 12:48 PM (Ri/rl)

46 Someone asked me if I had divided my hostas yet this year and I don't know what that means. Is that something you do because they've overgrown their space, or is it something that is healthy for the plant? My hostas this year are finally filling in the space along the walkway. Nothing else will really grow there (except ferns) because the angle of the garage and house keep that spot in deep shade from late May on.

It's clear that I know jack about gardening. Should I be doing something to the hostas?

Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:51 PM (uaHyk)

47 Grey Fox, good point about sweet potatoes doing well in the south and other types in the north. Thinking about it - yeah, sweet potatoes are grown commercially in the SE, which is nothing like Idaho.

One tip I tried that worked out well was growing potatoes in loose soil mixtures, mostly compost, straw, mulch, dry leaves, etc. I grew sweet potatoes in large pots in a mix like that one year, and just dumped the pots over to harvest. Easy-peasy!

Posted by: Just wondering at August 12, 2017 12:52 PM (WBYpW)

48 Willie Nelson swears before Elvis quivered on the toilet his last words were "Oh Corn".

Posted by: Sherpa_K2 at August 12, 2017 12:55 PM (TUhW5)

49 And we have been on driving vacations the last two years. Just got back from your neck of the woods, grammie. The mornings were pretty pleasant, but there were t-storms every afternoon.

Fishing was meh...perch and bluegill, mostly. One bass. Lots of drinking & card games, so that was fun.

We are saving for a trip to Ireland next summer.

Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:56 PM (uaHyk)

50 We are saving for a trip to Ireland next summer.
Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:56 PM (uaHyk)

I would very much like to take a distillery tour of Ireland and Scotland but that will probably never happen.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 12, 2017 12:57 PM (0mRoj)

51 We canned our first batch of tomatoes this morning. These were early girls. This year they have a very tart and sweet taste, very "tomatoey", maybe due to the hot, dry weather the end of May.

We usually plant heirlooms like Gernan Queen, Italian Oxheart, etc for juice. They will be a few weeks yet. Lots of RomaVF and Amish Paste have set. These will go to sauce.

Still need rain..,just a few sprinkles this week.

For potatoes, we have often pulled a few and recovered with soil,to let the plant keep growing, like moki suggested. This works mucH better if you have hilled your potatoes. We dig the main crop any time after the vines turn yellow or die completely.

Posted by: bergerbilder at August 12, 2017 01:00 PM (lIZQs)

52 We pitch our food scraps out at the Butterfly Wall (pics some day). Wife sends me a picture and asks what kind of gourd is this. Naturally I say a round one. Arggg.

Turns out cantaloupes can climb eight feet up. There are about a dozen hanging there.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at August 12, 2017 01:00 PM (FiQYZ)

53 No vacay money

Posted by: votermom pimping great books! at August 12, 2017 01:00 PM (hMwEB)

54 I take a working vacation. My company allows me to take from November 1st to the middle of January. I then go to South Florida with my brother and work for his Christmas tree service company. We work for the grower and provide the trees for 60 Home Depots in the South region of Florida. We get a few rounds of golf in and a fishing trip. The good thing is it's all expenses paid plus a hefty check at the end.

Posted by: Zombie Emperor Hirohito at August 12, 2017 01:01 PM (952c0)

55 When I was a child, a vacation was camping at the lake or beach in a tent. We also would go to magic mountain or Disneyland just for the day.
No one I knew went on vacation, you went camping.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 01:04 PM (Ri/rl)

56 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it
mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no
desire to travel?


Hi grammie! Vacation... vacation... hmm.

Been a long time.

Lots of Stay-cations here. Finances aren't really a problem, but that's because we don't live beyond our means... and Vacations are beyond our means.

Time off was only troublesome with certain (not current) employers.

Hubby and I had both moved around a lot as children and young adults, so "travel" pretty much lost its appeal for us long before we even met.

I used to fantasize about traveling "'round the world" --seeing the Seven Wonders and all that-- and sampling All The Yummy Food. Now that I understand the world f'ing hates the US.... forget it.


Posted by: JQ Flyover at August 12, 2017 01:04 PM (5muuD)

57 We are saving for a trip to Ireland next summer.
Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:56 PM (uaHyk)

That sounds lovely.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 01:06 PM (Ri/rl)

58 Should I be doing something to the hostas?

Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:51 PM (uaHyk)

IT'S TOO LATE!

YOU ARE A HORRIBLE PERSON!

Posted by: SJW...Always On The Lookout! at August 12, 2017 01:06 PM (wYseH)

59 Country wisdom: Plant sweet potatoes on newly cleared ground and they will smother anything that comes up from old roots. Plant turnip greens where the burn piles were. They love that kind of home.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at August 12, 2017 01:08 PM (FiQYZ)

60 FLOTUS Melania Trump Condemns White Supremacists Protesting in Charlottesville

Never a tweet about BLM or Antifa protests. Just whitey.

Posted by: Under Fire at August 12, 2017 01:08 PM (mcI77)

61 Wrong thread. Crap.

Posted by: Under Fire at August 12, 2017 01:09 PM (mcI77)

62 When I was a child, a vacation was camping at the lake or beach in a tent. We also would go to magic mountain or Disneyland just for the day.
No one I knew went on vacation, you went camping.
Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 01:04 PM (Ri/

When we were kids in SoCal, that was mostly our vacation, too. Going up to the Walker River in the Sierras or out to the desert. A couple of times, we'd go up to Idaho and stay a couple of weeks with grandparents and help them harvest their garden.

The summer of '69, we drove from San Diego to Miami to visit our other set of grandparents. That was a trip!

Posted by: A Kid What Likes To Drive at August 12, 2017 01:10 PM (952c0)

63 Posted by: JQ Flyover at August 12, 2017 01:04 PM (5muuD)

I try to get my husband to take a day off work and stay home. He gets too antsy, he can't relax.

We go on short trips locally. 2 nights usually. Santa Barbara usually.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 01:11 PM (Ri/rl)

64 David at Buffalo Roam, I have some melons I am training up a tomato cage, but it isn't going well. Some of the volunteers will have characteristics the hybrids are avoiding like extra leggyness and climbing.

I am growing a volunteer Chamoe (Korean crunchy) melon and it has melon flowers and leaves, but the whole aspect of it is like a squash.

I have said this before, if you are sort of marginal for eggplants, try watering them really hard about once or twice a week. They seem to prefer that.


I also did finally get a compost heap squash this year, no idea what it is but I think it is from a sweetmeat. The leaves are bigger than dinner plates and it is looking very happy. No flowers yet, but the rains put everything behind this year.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 12, 2017 01:15 PM (mkDpn)

65 For those of you who haven't taken a vacation in a very long time, is it
mainly finances? Or you job doesn't let you get away? Or you have no
desire to travel?
..

Health crap, both of us. Plus the TSA kills off another little piece of my soul every time I go through it. That said, we do manage to get away to the coast and other parts of Texas regularly. On car trips we can make our own schedule depending on circumstances.

Caligirl, you LIVE in an area where everyone else goes for vacation.

Posted by: stace at August 12, 2017 01:16 PM (6iw++)

66 It's clear that I know jack about gardening. Should I be doing something to the hostas?
Posted by: Gem at August 12, 2017 12:51 PM (uaHyk)


If you are going to divide your hostas, try giving one part of them special bennies and rewards, and punish the other part severely for minor infractions that you ignore in the first group.

Posted by: Kindltot at August 12, 2017 01:17 PM (mkDpn)

67 In my job, construction, I do a lot of traveling. So far this year, I've been to Atlanta, GA, Santa Fe, NM, Warwick, NY, Northern Colorado, Walnut Creek, CA and now here in Midlothian, VA

Luckily my wife doesn't like to do much traveling anymore because when I get home, I'm pretty much over the traveling and living out of a suitcase. The only downside is the "Honey-do" list I have waiting for me.

Posted by: A Kid What Likes To Drive at August 12, 2017 01:18 PM (952c0)

68 Too many tomatoes now ... brought in one banana box full and made about 3 gallons of salsa for the freezer. Still have a bunch, this year a bumper crop, some years not many nice ones. I did fence them off and spray a couple times this year, and weeded more.

Watermelons are ready now ... half a melon a day keeps the doctor away. I'm considering making juice and freezing it. I'll have to buy bird netting I guess, if I want to save my grape juice, or make wine.

I do have some flowers patches, but none as clean and pretty as those above. Lots of black-eyed susans in the woods blooming now, and the chicory I've encouraged in spots makes for nice blue patches in the mornings, but close up later in the day.

Posted by: illiniwek at August 12, 2017 01:19 PM (7Ep0P)

69

Why am I dubious about these people actually being white nationalists?

oh, because it's the racist leftist splc that labeled them as such, and the fake news is running with it

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:19 PM (grMf8)

70 My vacations are long weekends camping with the horses or trips to see family. About 20 years ago none of the experienced travelers was free and I was sent to the Maldive Islands. So that was my one bit of world traveling. I went out to one of the resort islands and did a bit of snorkeling one day.

As I was eating lunch and looking at all the bored rich European wife/mothers just sitting and reading in that setting I thought "I'm glad I was not born rich, that lifestyle would drive me batty and I'm not talented nor driven enough to pursue riding nor any other hobby activity to the point of excellence, which would be the only productive thing to do as an idle rich person.

Posted by: PaleRider at August 12, 2017 01:20 PM (8qFZP)

71 Grammie,

No time plus I take care of my 84 year old mother and 80 year old uncle. I also fit in 4 days of work.

:-(

Posted by: mpfs at August 12, 2017 01:21 PM (79p/O)

72 Should I be doing something to the hostas?

Not to worry, Gem:

Hostas don't *need* to be divided unless they're crowded (doesn't sound like it) or, you want more plants.

Posted by: JQ Flyover at August 12, 2017 01:21 PM (5muuD)

73
I decided to sabotage all the damn scooters at my local supermarket. I'm sick of these a-holes riding around like a-holes while I'm trying to shop. Costco, too.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM (grMf8)

74 Maybe the flags and Nazi slogans are being misinterpreted

Posted by: Sure at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM (TuCUd)

75 Insomniac you should take a distillery tour of Tennesse, and Kentucky. You could probably get invites to stay with fellow horde members and would only need gas money. You could plan some side trips to various attractions and make it a trip with the kiddos. This is America! vacation does not have to mean flying to Europe and staying at 3+ star hotels.

Posted by: PaleRider at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM (8qFZP)

76 So far this year, I've been to Atlanta, GA, Santa Fe, NM, Warwick, NY, Northern Colorado, Walnut Creek, CA and now here in Midlothian, VA
Posted by: A Kid What Likes To Drive at August 12, 2017 01:18 PM
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My cousin lives in Warwick, NY. Did you see her?

Posted by: IrishEi at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM (HiDrR)

77
What nazi slogans? "Together We Can!" Nazis slogans like that, you mean?

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:28 PM (grMf8)

78 vacation?

We have some acreage and a small cabin off the grid, thats where we go on vacation and weekends.

Having a houseful of dogs makes it difficult to travel to other places

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 12, 2017 01:29 PM (ZTRlp)

79
"Ban All Guns"
Nazi slognas like that one, too?

or how about "End Racism!" and "Stop Hate!"?

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:29 PM (grMf8)

80
Is the Don't Tread On Me flag a nazi symbol yet?

Why yes, yes it is.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:30 PM (grMf8)

81 Lack of vacations: cats.

Someone has to stay with them. My wife is generous enough to let me go on car camping/hiking trips, but won't go away by herself to just unplug.

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 01:31 PM (jw2Xw)

82 My cousin lives in Warwick, NY. Did you see her?
Posted by: IrishEi at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM (HiDrR)

It's entirely possible. I was supervising a site work job at a major drugstore chain for a couple of weeks and ate at a couple of local restaurants for lunch everyday.

Posted by: I'm A Traveling Man at August 12, 2017 01:32 PM (952c0)

83 I heard the chant "we will not be replaced" ...
but that fits for America in general, being replaced by foreign workers, foreign voters.

Posted by: illiniwek at August 12, 2017 01:35 PM (7Ep0P)

84 >>> What nazi slogans? "Together We Can!" Nazis slogans like that, you mean?

Wrong group of socialists, I believe. IIRC 'together we can' was from the Italian fascists, not German.

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 01:35 PM (jw2Xw)

85 73
I decided to sabotage all the damn scooters at my local supermarket. I'm sick of these a-holes riding around like a-holes while I'm trying to shop. Costco, too.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:26 PM


Ever notice they are never in the salad area?

Posted by: Diogenes at August 12, 2017 01:37 PM (0tfLf)

86
For those aware of the bodybuilding thing that goes by Rich Piana, it'll come as no surprise he's in the hospital with serious medical issues.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:37 PM (grMf8)

87 Grammie- I could write a long novel why

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 01:39 PM (pPKG5)

88 I'm really glad to see that Butter Kernel has a "New Look!". I bet that will make the corn taste better, or lower the price, or neither.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 01:42 PM (EaQ6/)

89 73

LOL Sooth what did you do?

Posted by: @votermom's phone at August 12, 2017 01:42 PM (Ju1px)

90
Sooth what did you do?

Nothing yet.


Nothing. Yet.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:43 PM (grMf8)

91 Is there a shark hiding under that house on stilts? No, I don't mean that the shark has stilts! But if I was a shark that's where I would hide and wait for lunch to come down the steps.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 01:45 PM (EaQ6/)

92 Since we are on vacations
Waiting in line at a bank I hear the guy in front ( and only other customer there) say he was going to Buenos Aires, and I told him to say hellow to Tango when he saw him. Of course the guy thought I was a nut case, a guy on other website is Tango and lives in Buenos Aires, like only a dozen people live there.

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 01:45 PM (pPKG5)

93 90
Sooth what did you do?

Nothing yet.


Nothing. Yet.
Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:43 PM (grMf

--------

Piano wire. Aisle. Neck level.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 12, 2017 01:46 PM (PXj2C)

94
42 Cicero - yep. A wedding will leave you flat broke and then some.
Posted by: grammie winger - when I was younger so much younger than today at August 12, 2017 12:41 PM (lwiT4)

Being cheap bastards, back in the 70's the family made all food for my older sisters wedding. Ma sewed the wedding dress. Everybody seemed to enjoy the event and nobody got sick. Did have to buy cheap beer.

Vacations? See cheap above. Tent camp and hike.

Posted by: Headless Body of Agnew at August 12, 2017 01:48 PM (e1mEI)

95 That garden looks like a bee paradise. There might be a snake in there too. I like asphalt.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 01:48 PM (EaQ6/)

96 Other week found a snake in my garden.
Its the Frigatebird living on the roof I'd worry about in the hut picture.

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 01:51 PM (pPKG5)

97 How can you even consider going on vacation at a time like this? You might get disconnected and miss a fakenews cycle! Or the beginning of the end of the world! Wait until after the impeachment at least.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 01:52 PM (EaQ6/)

98 >>> Grammie- I could write a long novel why

Did you have a flight scheduled to take off on a dark and stormy night?

Posted by: fluffy at August 12, 2017 01:53 PM (jw2Xw)

99

Yesterday there was a woman just riding around, talking on her phone. Not even shopping. In my way several times.

Two weeks at Costco there was a fat old slob in a straw hat in front of me at the register. There was a large group of obnoxious foreign people in front of us paying for their crap. These people wouldn't stop yapping, sounded like they were all arguing with each other, oblivious to every one else in the world.

The cashier made a face when they finally left and shook her head. The old fat slob on the scooter said, "Well, that's what makes this county great."

I said, "NO, IT DOESN'T."

Fat old slob on the scooter said back to me, "Now, now, let's not say that."

I gave him the Shut The Fuck Up & Fuck You look.

When the fat old slob on the scooter left, the costco cashier said to me, "I'm with you." And we gave each other the Pepe Covfefe secret nod. All true.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 01:54 PM (grMf8)

100 Uh, Melania's tweet:

'Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence'

Wtf is wrong with that?

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 01:55 PM (hscyr)

101 Wtf is wrong with that?

Melanie could be tenderly feeding children dying of cancer, and the left would consider something wrong with it simply because she's married to Donald Trump.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 01:57 PM (iVOAv)

102 MisHum, you or another cob oughta put up a post on the unpleasantness in VA, I predict much merriment, rear-end-displaying, and banninations.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 01:58 PM (QDnY+)

103 Fen, it's not the left complaining upthread about her statement.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 01:59 PM (hscyr)

104 "When the fat old slob on the scooter left, the costco cashier said to me, "I'm with you." And we gave each other the Pepe Covfefe secret nod. All true."

What Costco and what time?

Posted by: Butterface Lena D at August 12, 2017 02:00 PM (5jdSv)

105 Recently got back from a "vacation." Spent some time with my very plugged in relatives, who are most incurious about my reasoning or experiences with conservatism.

One of the high points was meeting Bluebell. She is one classy lady, who passes for 29. I treasure our brief time together.

She said that a lot of recipes (>610?) were submitted, and that Weasel and her were going to retain the character and charm of the Horde, but with less F-Bombs in the names.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at August 12, 2017 02:01 PM (hyuyC)

106
bluebell is real?

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 02:02 PM (grMf8)

107 Why was the name 'garden thread' selected, rather than 'hut on stilts thread', or 'tinned food thread'?

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at August 12, 2017 02:04 PM (/qEW2)

108 Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 01:59 PM (hscyr)

I guess they want her to complain about Profa and BLM too. I have not been following anything to do with a white Supremacist Rally so I can't comment on that. In and of itself the tweet sounds o.k. to me.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 02:04 PM (iVOAv)

109 Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter

Yes. Very real.

OK, I did not pinch her to make sure. She or her husband could have ended my existence for such lese-majeste.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at August 12, 2017 02:04 PM (hyuyC)

110 My last mini-vacation was up in CaliGirl's 'hood. Beautiful, quiet, a feast of wine and good food too.

When we get to this here national separation thing ace was talking about yesterday, we've got to do some carve-outs, establish exclaves of normal American rule. Her area would be one of them.

Only drawback is an angry ocean, wetsuit-time all the time. Plus, lots of frisky sharks thanks to the booming seal populaton.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 02:05 PM (QDnY+)

111
I get a kick outta the idea that the people living inside my computer are real.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at August 12, 2017 02:06 PM (grMf8)

112 I have been to Costco once. I didn't have a problem with people on scooters. Never had a problem with people on scooters anywhere. Maybe the obnoxious people on scooters don't shop where I do.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 02:07 PM (iVOAv)

113 I feel fairly safe around canned food. It's the outdoor pictures that make me start scanning for creatures. The "real" garden thread usually only shows close-up pictures of flowers and stuff, and those are not too unsettling.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 02:08 PM (EaQ6/)

114 111 Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter

Come on over. I got some firewood to stack, mulch to produce and place, and mowing. Lots of mowing.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at August 12, 2017 02:08 PM (hyuyC)

115 With the burgeoning wonders of artificial intelligence, soon, we can have non-real commenters. I would think.

We can peruse the threads of comments by AI-bots in our self-driving cars, as we cruise down the interstates, which will by then be even more run down and dangerous.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 02:08 PM (QDnY+)

116 108 I guess they want her to complain about Profa and BLM too. I have not been following anything to do with a white Supremacist Rally so I can't comment on that. In and of itself the tweet sounds o.k. to me.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 02:04 PM (iV

I'm not following it either, I'm multitasking doing chores & looking at the thread. I took her tweet as condemning both sides getting violent. Ugh, it's going to get ugly here today isn't it? Maybe I should hit Barnes & noble, browse with a coffe & come home & spend quality time in the backyard with a book.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 02:08 PM (hscyr)

117 00 Uh, Melania's tweet:

'Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence'

Wtf is wrong with that?
Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 01:55 PM (hscyr)

because of who said it.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 12, 2017 02:10 PM (ZTRlp)

118 What's this thread about again?

Posted by: Chimp who has no clue at August 12, 2017 02:11 PM (BO/km)

119 102 MisHum, you or another cob oughta put up a post on the unpleasantness in VA, I predict much merriment, rear-end-displaying, and banninations.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 01:58 PM (QDnY+)

It won't be me.

Pet thread goes up shortly. Very shortly.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 12, 2017 02:11 PM (ZTRlp)

120 The substitute thread authors need to remember that a nice music video goes a long way towards gaining forgiveness for garish content.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 02:11 PM (EaQ6/)

121 Bebe, I jokingly urged MisHum to put up a VA festivities thread so as to concentrate the mostly misguided uproar there, for entertainment and bannination shenanigans.

Only demonstration I ever did not carefully completely avoid (per common sense and advice of elder siblings) were the huge anti-Shah marches in DC in 1978 (79?) during the Shah's last visit to Carter. All the fun was on the Mall-side of the WH (thus the tear gas drifting over and affecting Carter and Pahlavi at their podium), the Lafayette Park/city side was calm.

And impressive. The fuzz, I mean. One almost never sees such muscle/power on display in the US. The lines of Park Police reserves in their helmets, with their shields and sticks. Best of all, the huge Park Police horses with the mounted police, with their shields and helmets. Behind them, just behind the WH fence, EPS (uniformed Secret Service) in *their* riot gear, each guy holding one or two beautiful shepherds or Belgian Malois (sp?) on a long leash.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 02:15 PM (QDnY+)

122 I saw The Frisky Sharks open for The Stray Cats at the Met Center in '81.

Posted by: good show at August 12, 2017 02:15 PM (xV/q6)

123 ... and since football season is upon us, a few pictures of cheerleaders might ease the shock seeing canned food in the garden thread.

Posted by: goon at August 12, 2017 02:15 PM (EaQ6/)

124 I feel fairly safe around canned food. It's the outdoor pictures that make me start scanning for creatures. The "real" garden thread usually only shows close-up pictures of flowers and stuff, and those are not too unsettling.

Yeah, keep scanning those pictures.

Posted by: Goon's house spiders at August 12, 2017 02:16 PM (bZ7mE)

125 Wtf - I turn on the tv and I see massive police presence in Charlottesvill, somebody ran a ran into the crowd... David duke is a hate monger.... and after 15 minutes that's all I got out of it...

FOX

Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 12, 2017 02:17 PM (P/kVC)

126 because of who said it.
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 12, 2017 02:10 PM

I'm not understanding how the First Lady, neutrally condemning ALL the violence is inappropriate. Sounds diplomatic to me, and adult.

Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at August 12, 2017 02:18 PM (lttTc)

127 Mmmmm ..... cheerleaders.

But wait, I actually have gardening chores (first wave tomato plants need to be torn out, the soil from the pots dumped back into the soil pile to be mixed with the latest batch of compost).

And I'm plum out of 38 special. Have been a slacker/wrecker/saboteur/anti-Soviet element for a few months on reloading. Need to make some revolver food.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 12, 2017 02:18 PM (QDnY+)

128 pet thread up

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 12, 2017 02:20 PM (mpXpK)

129 Oops, wrong thread...

Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 12, 2017 02:20 PM (P/kVC)

130
Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 12, 2017 02:17 PM (P/kVC)

I've been unplugged for a day, my husband is sick.

Is this rally really a white national rally or are people fighting back against the fascists?

I see the news is calling it a white racist rally but are they just Trump supporters?

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 02:21 PM (Ri/rl)

131 If I bury a dead Antifa or two in my garden will I still need to fertilize ?





Asking for a friend.

Posted by: Larsen E. Whipsnade at August 12, 2017 02:23 PM (bML9A)

132 130
Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 12, 2017 02:17 PM (P/kVC)

I've been unplugged for a day, my husband is sick.

Is this rally really a white national rally or are people fighting back against the fascists?

I see the news is calling it a white racist rally but are they just Trump supporters?
Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 02:21 PM (Ri/rl)


I have no idea... just in from the garden myself.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 12, 2017 02:32 PM (P/kVC)

133 There seem to be a few nazi like shirts or a nazi flag ... that will get all the attention on the news. But I don't know who organized it all. In time the videos will come out showing who assaulted whom.

A car rammed a few people ... the mayor condemned the marchers as racist bigoted haters, but that only means non-PC conformist these days.

Posted by: illiniwek at August 12, 2017 02:40 PM (7Ep0P)

134 I see the news is calling it a white racist rally but are they just Trump supporters?
Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 02:21 PM (Ri/rl)

Last night they were marching around UVA with torches, making Nazi salutes and doing Nazi chants. They're Nazis, but also loser douchebags.

I was following it on twitter. Folks are on our side were mocking them for having apparently bought out all the tiki citronella torches from Target's yard section.

David Duke is there today.

Posted by: stace at August 12, 2017 03:02 PM (6iw++)

135 Thanks Stace.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 12, 2017 03:11 PM (Ri/rl)

136 I was pooping all over the grden thread about the riot and vehicular accidente'

so glad someone is talking about it.
i'm spitting mad, I would like to know who's paying for this shit?

I want to know who funds antifa, and who funds the other sides creeps .

I want the media/the left to be especially proud of their constant inciting the country to division and hate.
sucKsess, the bastards!

and I want to know who days of rage, islam Syria/Egypt style started and who funded that also.

sessions? help

Posted by: willow at August 12, 2017 03:43 PM (FKrah)

137 I went below for comments , but what I can gather the original protest is white supremacist, AntiFas- fascists were counter protesting and seems a car ran into them maybe killing 1

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 03:47 PM (pPKG5)

138 the driver that rammed the crowd was arrested, apparently a real white supremacist type. One dead .. so life in prison. too bad they didn't drag him out and finish the street justice then and there.
twitter.com/Breakng911/status/896447133498388486

Posted by: illiniwek at August 12, 2017 03:50 PM (7Ep0P)

139 Willow-

Check out the "Trump administration" thread on the Conservative TreeHouse site and a post near the end of the thread-from "Concerned Virginian" Apparently this was a redo of a rally about a month ago protesting the removal of Confederate statue, but antifa, BLM decided to protest to. I think these "white right" people are racist nuts (I mean David Duke is there?!!!) but it's obviously intended to make it look like all Trump voters are right supremacists and Terry McCauliffe is running with it.

Soros and his son need to be deported to Hungary It's his groups and the OFA ilk that are causing the violence.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 03:51 PM (iVOAv)

140 Heres' the link-Sorry:

http://tinyurl.com/ybjddnb5

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 12, 2017 03:52 PM (iVOAv)

141 Move down to Weird News Thread

Posted by: Skip at August 12, 2017 03:59 PM (pPKG5)

142 Well still no more cukes after the first two. It's been too hot and dry for a while, maybe more as it cools off.
Tomatoes are doing OK, onions and potatoes are almost ready to harvest. Not a great yr for my garden, but it did give some good eating. Green beans to come!

Posted by: Farmer at August 12, 2017 04:03 PM (lfXAE)

143 Two can spend a week in Ireland, rental car and bed & breakfasts, air from JFK or BOS, for about $2200 if you go after mid-October or before April. Allow $700 for lunches and dinners and stuff. But Irish car insurance is very complicated.

Caligirl, choose B&Bs on working farms. He will like talking shop. If you want tips on Ireland on the cheap mplsgordon2 at gmail.

I'm camping up north, a Minnesota thing. I have signal on my Verizon tablet but notmy ATT phone.

Posted by: Gordon at August 12, 2017 04:12 PM (21PSZ)

144 If Ace is listening: I had to turn off JavaScript, because some ad you're running is making my computer's Safari browser switch me to other websites. This is a test post.

Posted by: Pat* at August 12, 2017 04:45 PM (DL6/a)

145 The New Klan vs. the Old Klan, Nazis vs. Communists, Antifa Fascists vs. Toothless Racists, White-Hooded Goons vs. Black-Hooded Thugs, Bolsheviks vs. Mensheviks, Crips vs. Bloods, Blackshirts vs. Brownshirts, Domestic Terrorist Night-Riders vs. Home-Grown Terrorist Vigilantes, etc., etc.

"It's a pity they both can't lose."--Henry Kissinger, on the 8-yr. Iran-Iraq war

They're both losers and while they deserve each other, we don't deserve them. Certainly neither speak for me or mine.

The difference is that the Klan/Nazis are a bastard fringe, not even a "movement", while the Antifa Fascist goons operate under the Democrat's cover of #TheResistance, started when Comrade Obama and Bob Creamer plotted their campaign violence in the Oval Office.

Go home, idiots. All of you.

Posted by: The Gipper Lives at August 12, 2017 05:11 PM (EYwhF)

146 Okay, now that I know I can post with Javascript off: here's what's been going on in Idaho's Treasure Valley. I'm grateful that the weather has only been in the mid to high 90's, not over 100, this week. The main problem now is hazy air from distant fires - I haven't smelled smoke very often, but the sky hasn't been blue yet this month.

Husband and I finally seem to be catching up on some tasks. The biggest problem is that our area does not have a "yard waste" cart, so all weeds go into the trash. Our weekly trash is 98% weeds, 2% plastic bag of trash. This limits how many weedy areas we can dig up in a week, unless we want piles of dead weeds sitting around, waiting for their turn.

Husband's been doing a tree pruning project, involving several runs to the dump due to the sheer volume of tree debris. Sycamores, crabapple, oak are done - Tatarian Maples come next.

I finally got done with the strawberry project - bird nets off, remove half or more of the plants, and set up the runners I wanted to let grow.

Still green bean season. The earliest plants are tapering off but the latest-planted ones are ramping up. Very fortunate I have a chest freezer! So far, not counting those we ate fresh, or those we tossed in the compost because they got too large, we've frozen 32 pounds of them. We joke about Zeno's Bean Patch - when you think you've picked all the beans, you've really only got half of them - and if you pick the patch again, you'll only have picked half of the remainder - and so on to infinity...

We've eaten some fresh ears of sweet corn, but haven't frozen any yet; that will start soon. A few zucchini have shown up - the squashes don't seem to like being planted directly in the ground, preferring the cushy soil of the raised beds. The butternut squash has only set 3 or 4 fruits, and the sugar pumpkin is setting fruits but they're smaller by far than last year's.

One tomato is in the ground, the Cherokee Purple heirloom given to me by a friend. And who knows why, but it's quite happy. It's set lots of fat green fruits. We're not sure exactly what color the fruit will turn (purplish, I'm guessing), so I pinch them to see if any are starting to ripen.

Two tomatoes are in 20 gallon cloth pots, with a single dripper each, and they do *not* look happy. The Early Girl's producing a few fruits each week, all sun scalded on the bottom, and all smaller than last year's fruit. The Sungold is producing just a few tomatoes a day, and is not turning into the sort of behemoth that took over parts of 2 raised beds last year before being killed by frost.

The 2 Romas are in a raised bed, and have just barely started producing ripe fruit. I look forward to canning up a bunch of sauce when they hit their stride. The flavor of last year's home-canned sauce was absolutely amazing.

We're watching the cantaloupes for ripeness; we've found about 14 fruits going, so far. We're also watching the red raspberries for signs of when the main crop is going to start. (Tomorrow we'll turn the currently-frozen raspberries into juice for our home-brew, "Raspberry Bathtub Wheat Beer, Take 2" - this will make room for the new crop.)

Husband's experimental poblano pepper plants are huge - so large that branches are collapsing from their own weight. But as long as the leaves don't wither, we're leaving the branches in place to get the peppers ripe.

We also have jalapenos, which we've enjoyed by seeding them, stuffing them with cream cheese, wrapping them in bacon, and grilling them - oh YUM!

I haven't really been checking the bell peppers, though I should - we have 3 red and one orange.

We're not sure what the potatoes in 20 gallon cloth bags are doing. The plant tops seem less happy this year, on drippers, than they were last year under sprayers. We'll have to see what results we get, to decide where to put the bags next year.

I just put in a row of fall carrots this morning. I hope it's not too early, but I do have to get them in soon, because they take 2 months, and if Mother Nature is cranky, our first frost will be in early October (I wish She'd wait until Halloween). I'll put in another row in a week or two. I also have to remember fall radishes, field peas, and spinach - it will be the first time trying the latter two.

Time to go away now, to celebrate my wedding anniversary!

Posted by: Pat* at August 12, 2017 05:19 PM (DL6/a)

147
Pat*, your're reports are the awesomest!

Thank you!....

Posted by: Spun and Murky at August 12, 2017 07:22 PM (4DCSq)

148 If anyone is still following this thread, I tried to post a tip just before heading out the door, but it didn't get posted.

Anyway, since it's tomato season in the Great Midwest, here is a tip I learned by accident several years ago:

To remove green tomato stains from your hands and arms (even legs if you have really gotten into it) DO NOT use detergents or liquid soaps. Use solid bar soap like Lux, Dial, etc.

Try this experiment if you are skeptical: wash well with detergent, rinse and dry. Then wash again with bar soap. You may be amazed at what you missed.

Posted by: bergerbilder at August 12, 2017 09:22 PM (lIZQs)

149 Pat -Great report. I have a few suggestions yoj might like to try.

Raspberry syrup: use a raspberry jam recipe but don'use the pectin, or only part of it. Can it like you would any fruit. Great on pancakes.

I assume you don't care for canned green beans. But if you run out of freezer room, and dare to can, stuff the jars as full and tight as possible. This means less water to absorb flavor. Texture: the French filet type beans keep texture better after canning. Always reheat canned beans in the jar liquid, do not drain and add fresh water. Commercial canned beans cannot compete with the flavor of home canned beans.

Roma tomatoes are very susceptible to blossom end rot. DO NOT let the plants go dry. Fresh basil makes a world of diffrence in sauce compared to dry basil.

Happy anniversary! How many years now? My wife and I will hit 43 in January (if I make it that far. But I finally got all my teeth, so I expect things to only get better from here). Here is a picture of my gift to her on our 40th. While we were engaged, I spent an afternoon in the woods with her on her farm carving our names on a big beech tree. The tree is mostly dead now after many lightening strikes, but each strike missed our names.

http://tinyurl.com/yauqcgmb

Posted by: bergerbilder at August 12, 2017 09:57 PM (lIZQs)

150 Spun and Murky, thank you for the compliment! Always check back late for my reports, because I do them at the end of the day, most often.

Bergerbilder, thank you for the note. We did in fact can some raspberry syrup, mostly because we didn't use a correct amount of pectin in a jelly recipe, or didn't cook it long enough, or something. But we let it turn into a happy accident, and it is in fact very good on pancakes.

Green beans would need to be pressure-canned, and we haven't tried that yet. We've done water-bath canning, and made our own beer, and made cider from our apples, so far. We still plan to try pressure canning and making hard cider, but they're in the future. (We've become quite the Urban Farmers since we moved to Idaho 3 years ago.)

The Romas get watered every day. Despite the Boise River, we live in high desert country. The sauce recipe we used (from Backwoods Home Magazine) called for a turkey roasting pan, a layer of onions and fresh herbs, lots of top-down cored tomatoes laid over them, roasted low, overnight, then processed. I do grow my own basil and thyme, and this year I also have marjoram, so the sauce should be even better than last year.

It's a mere 38 years married for us. Some days it seems like we just got married yesterday and where did all the years go - some days it seems like we've been married forever and I wonder how we managed it.

Posted by: Pat* at August 13, 2017 10:55 AM (DL6/a)

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The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat