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How I spent my summer Nov 18 2010

Gardening at 6,000 feet in a semi-arid climate late spring almost summer - notes:

My garden is almost in full swing, tomatoes are lagging way behind and I should be getting fruit by now, lots of little green want-a-be's.  Sweet peppers are close to picking, just harvested cucumbers and green beans along with bunches of carrots and beets for tonight's farmers market.  Bunch onions are past being small scallions, now starting to bulb and getting a bit on the hot side.  What to do with all the basil, it's a difficult one to carry to the market due to bruising and wilt, lots of pesto in my future.  Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars all over my dill, love the butterfly so I'll take the hit on the harvest.  Thyme, sage and oregano are ready to harvest; I doubt that Martin will let me turn his car into an herb dryer again.


Watermelons are coming on strong, picked one last night and will give it a try tomorrow, hoping for a high brix with this variety.  Squash and pumpkins are doing their thing, putting on fruit despite the heat.  Geese got into the garden and ate all my lettuce, romaine and butter-bib lettuce, sigh.  Broccoli and cauliflower are disappointing, growing in a cool area yet bolted and are small and will weird.  Savoy cabbage is doing well, should be able to harvest them the first of September.


Planted asparagus this spring, will plant more next spring along with rhubarb, I want a perennial area that requires less of my time and attention.  Maybe a perennial cut flower garden to fill in some gaps.  Still working on berry bushes, getting them established has been a challenge. 


Burr it's getting cold in here

From my friend Mike:

Soon we will be hearing the environmentalist screaming about the new ice age!  Forget not that these are the same people who oscillate between warming and cooling about every 20 years or so.  There is speculation that the so called "Dark Ages" was in part caused by a cooling of world temperatures resulting in fewer crops and thus hunger, disease, and generally poorer living conditions.  This was followed by a warm up that may have been the reason for the "Renaissance." Our world revolves around the food supply, always has always will. 

So we had the 3rd coldest October in 115 years here in Wyoming, November warmed some but now we are in the deep freeze again.  I recorded 40 inches of snow in October.  Now that is some real warming.  Today it is 8 degrees with 50+ MPH wind and the furnace really is working overtime, along with the wood stove and the electric supplemental heater.

When the democrats get done passing "Cap and Trade" and energy prices start begin to rise, it should be real interesting. During the next 50 years, as some scientists predict that is the length of the cooling period.  The real goal of the Democrats, I think, is to get everyone on "Public Transportation," by raising energy prices beyond the reach of the average Joe.  This is hand in hand with the "public option healthcare plan." 

This cooling should throw a kink into gardening up here in the north!
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