Gardener's Grapevine 2012.08.08

Written by David Green.

Art and I took three days to do the 127 garage sales with another couple even though it was unbelievably hot and they were spaced way far apart. It was a blast. I have never been much of a garage sale person, mostly because I have too much “stuff” as it is.

One thing we did find was another wire basket with a handle. If you’ve never used one, they work great for lots of things but the best is to harvest vegetables. They are sturdy so the bottom won’t fall out, light enough for anyone to carry when fully loaded (the basket, not the person) and they last season after season. If you come across one of these baskets they also have sturdy metal handles with a covered grip to keep your hands from hurting.

Gardening magazines charge $25 to $50 for them depending on size. Mine cost $1, making it well worth the trip. We won’t discuss the gas prices to go get it. Maybe it wasn’t a steal, but I’m still happy. 

When we left Wednesday for Cincinnati to start this excursion, the grass was still burned and the beans were one to two days away from being fully ready. When we got home, our lawn looked like a hay field. What happened?

Art and I decided we’d better go to the church Saturday evening after it cooled down and see if it needed mowing prior to services on Sunday. Art mows, I prune.  He started the mower, did one half pass and the mower died. We don’t own another mower and the church doesn’t have one. What to do? Put new gas in? 

Started and died, started and died, started and died. This went on quite a while. We put dry gas in and it started and ran a little longer, then died. My sweet-tempered husband was not looking so sweet-tempered.

I decided it’s God’s house and lawn, I’d ask for his help and sent up a little request for some assistance. He listened, but I think he misunderstood, “please help us with this situation” to mean I want to go home, as it started to lightning and thunder. I figured a lot of folks at church would inquire as to what was up with the lawn, but no one did. 

I would assume you all have gardens going crazy about right now. Mine is pumping out tomatoes like a regular little factory and everything else is coming along great, too. Our sweet corn did not produce well at all and I don’t understand why. I think I will do a little soil testing in the spring before planting again and see what is up. We watered it religiously and used new seed. It produced a meal’s worth of normal sized ears on the first planting and a meal’s worth of stubby well-filled out ears on the second planting. I’m not sure if it was the heat or if the soil is lacking something. I have a small soil testing kit, guess it’s time to use it. 

I said the beans really took off and I wasn’t kidding. One good thing we did this year was plant pole beans next to our new garden fence and bush beans below the pole beans. It worked out beautifully.  They are really easy to pick and they climbed the fence pickets without any assistance. I hope all your gardens are putting a huge bounty on the supper table.

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