The weather is frightful, it’s festival time

| 6/27/2012 11:10:12 PM

The weather has been hot, hot without rain.  So far we are over seven and a half inches below normal for the year.  Three weekends ago, the weather folks predicted two to four inches of rain, only they forgot to inform Mother Nature of it.  

  storm clouds no rain 

The Gulf coast received around 18 inches that weekend and is getting drenched again this week.  I’ve been watering from the time I come home from work until dark each day.  Cotton loves this weather, but the corn crop is tassling out and needs rain.  No rain is predicted for the next week and most of the corn crop will be lost unless irrigation is being used.

  early AM watering 

   irriagation booms 

Time not watering is spent hauling wood chips from the utility company and mulching.  I finally got my heirloom tomatoes out in the garden and gave away the excess. I kept waiting for the ninety degree temps to moderate, but it was past time to have them in the ground as they were over two feet tall.   I dug a deep hole, and place water retention crystals derived from a plant source in the bottom of the hole and sprinkled some Epsom salts and fertilizer and back filled to a level an inch below the surrounding soil.  I have more of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes this year.  They seemed to be a favorite of my give aways.   Before mulching I put newspaper down around my plants and mulched heavily.  The tomatoes responded by doubling in size and putting out some nice tomatoes.  I received similar results after mulching my squash plants.  This weekend I plan to finish mulching. And no I didn’t  use a string line to mark off my rows.  After one day in the lower nineties, temperatures will be back in the hundreds.  Some of my re-blooming iris which normally bloom in September to October are blooming early this year.  Some of my daylilies are in re-bloom and some of the later bloomers are just starting.

Mary Carton
7/3/2012 3:45:16 AM

Dave we broke a record that has stood since 1914 on Sat. Friday it was 108, Saturday 107, Sunday 106, 101 Monday. I haven’t run a water line down to my new garden area yet, so I’ve been filling the front end loader with water and taking to the garden. My recent planting of corn is pitiful. I’m not planting anything else until this fall I think. My tomatoes have only been watered once at the time of planting and are looking great except the one at the end I hadn’t mulched yet. I have some nice yellow watermelons, hopefully the coyotes won’t find them. There is something going on all the time. With all the recording studio’s, such as Fame recording studios in Muscle Shoals along with several others, something musical is going on. They recently added a Sam Phillips tribute, who discovered Elvis in January. The George Lindsey (better know as Goober) Film Festival was in February or March. He graduated from our local college. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

7/1/2012 2:26:49 AM

Mary, is there any time when there's not some event in your area? What a great place to live. And of course the hooligans. They never leave you a dull moment, do they? You took some great pictures. It looks like you had some pretty hot weather there. We here in Nebraska are catching the brunt of upper 90s with heat index 110. I work the garden from 6am to about 8am and stay inside as much as possible until evening. There isn't any relief in sight for a while. I've been hauling water out to Terra Nova Gardens. Thank goodness my friend works for a company that gives away the nice blue plastic 55 gallon barrels. I carry two full ones to the garden every couple days. My truck sets up high enough and the garden slopes away from the parking area that gravity feed will keep a good flow going through a hose. I haven't had time to come up with a plan for irrigation just yet but give me a couple years and I'll come up with something. I look back at what has been accomplished this year at Terra Nova and am quite amazed at the progress. Have a great festival day.

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