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Date:12/17/2014 11:17:51 PM
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When The Garden Gets Away
I suppose I should expect it to happen every year because there's hardly a year where it doesn't; but it still makes me angry when the garden gets away from me. I had kept up on the hoeing. Even now, there's hardly a weed to be seen. (Something to be proud of at this stage of Summer) Unlike other years, I've kept up on picking the green beans and cucumbers. (I even got to make points with my brothers and the neighbors by giving them what we didn't have time to eat ourselves.) But, I didn't get into the garden for a couple of evenings and then, when I did, the garden had gotten away from me.

It was Wednesday night last week that I noticed that some of my sweet corn had been ravaged by the racoons. It was totally my fault. I have an eight foot high chain link fence around the home garden. It is the only way to garden out here without a dog tied up outside. Usually I set up the electric fencer to the line of wire along the top of the fence. I didn't do it this year because I had thought it wouldn't be necessary. Shows you how dumb I am. As the sun was going down, that night I was hurriedly setting up the fencer and the extension cord. A quick pruning of the tree branches over-hanging the fence and I was in business. So each night thereafter, I've put a forefinger to the wire to make sure it was working and there have been no further deprivations in my Home Garden.

It hasn't rained in over two weeks. Just last week, I had reveled in the number of young yellow pumpkins growing on one of my plants. Last Friday night, I noticed that all except two had shriveled because of the dry spell. So that night, and again the next Sunday night, I watered the garden at about sunset.

Last Sunday night I cut lettuce leaves for the last time, as most of the plants have bolted. I also picked green beans (a surprisingly large amount, considering the drought) and some sweet corn. We ate the sweet corn and I brought the beans over to Belle-soeur Susie. Tonight I noticed some new, tiny, fuzzy, baby pumpkins on the vines. We shall see. I also noticed that the deciduous trees were dropping leaves like mad due to the drought. I expect the apple trees are dropping apples as well.

So I am caught up, at least for the moment, on the garden. Tomorrow I shall pick the cucumbers and ripe tomatoes, keeping some and throwing away the surplus. I'll even check the corn to see if I can pick another supper's worth. And, if the predicted showers tomorrow night do not arrive, I shall water again Thursday night. I suppose I can proudly say, that this year the garden did not quite get away from me. -- Gary
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