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.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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