Loving Spring in the garden

| 4/7/2012 12:56:22 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveIt looks like we are in for another crazy year.  I've been gone for a week visiting family in Las Vegas.  The average temperatures there hovered around 60 degrees while back in Nebraska the thermometer soared above 90 degrees two days in a row.   While visiting family (oldest daughter and family), we made a trip to California to go to Universal Studios. The weather was worse there.  It was about 55 degrees with wind and misty rain.  We still had a great time but not very typical weather anywhere this year.  What's up with that?  


 Universal Studios King Kong 

Here's the big guy on the midway leading into Universal Studios.  The tram ride which was not near this display brought us into a tunnel.  The 4D 360 degree visual stimulation was awesome.  King Kong fought with a dinosaur and as he leaped from one side of the tram to the other he walked down the top of the tram.  The tram rocked and bounced as he leaped off and tangled with the dinosaur.  Of course the big guy won the match.  Many other similar experiences happened during the day.  It was a great day even though the weather wasn't so nice.  The best part was just spending time with my daughter, her husband, and two granddaughters.

One day was spent fishing on the big lake (Lake Mead) at Las Vegas but it was a bust.  We didn't even get a nibble and eventually had to leave because of the wind factor.  The rest of the week was spent with my sister catching up with life stories.  It was a great week of vacation but it's always good to be home.  Don't you think?

I returned home to a yard that needed mowing and a garden that hadn't sprouted yet.  I planted carrots, radishes, lettuce, and swiss chard before leaving.  The tomato and green pepper seeds are now planted in the plugs and the heat mat is on.  In about 10 days we will see if things are progressing as expected.Rustic Fence 

4/15/2012 12:26:50 PM

Lori, thanks for the Boax tips. It's amazing to me how such simple products work so well. We are getting rain here this weekend so the work at the Terra Nova Gardens has been put on hold for awhile. That's probably a good thing so I can regroup. Next week will be weed control big time. They have come back with a vengeance. Their territory has been invaded and they don't like one bit. Have a great spring time day.

Lori Dunn
4/13/2012 3:17:10 PM

Nebraska Dave, glad the laundry soap is workin for you! I love it, and can't imagine buyin it from the store ever again. Another tip for you that I've discovered with borax, it is a marvelous all around stain remover. It doesn't matter if you're talkin bath and shower stains, or stains on pans, dishes, coffee pots...whatever. Just make the stained item wet, then pour in some full strength borax powder. Use a rag or sponge scrubber, get the borax powder on there, and scrub. You won't believe how easily most stains come off! Your gardens are shapin up real nice! You are right about the crazy weather! Things seem to be out of wack everywhere. I just heard severe tornadoes are possible this weekend in the midwest. I know they are used to them there, but these storms just seem to be getting stronger and more dangerous all the time.

4/13/2012 4:06:20 AM

Mary, I found out that Monarch butterflies need milkweed to continue their life cycle last year from Cindy. Back in my farming days of my youth we considered them a week and hoed them out of the corn and bean fields. Yeah, there wasn't weed spray. Well, maybe there was but we couldn't afford the spray or the machinery to spray in on the fields. We walked the corn and bean field rows and cut them down with a hoe. Hence my comment to her in the post. I'm sure there are plenty of milkweed plants in the undeveloped weed invested properties on both sides of my garden plot. I just needed them to be gone from my garden. I am surrounded with undeveloped wild land. The Monarchs can find what they need there. Have a the best day that you can in the spring garden.

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