Woodworking Green Stuff

| 7/28/2014 12:17:00 PM

Of Mice and Mountain MenThis post will primarily be a gardening update. Gardening has become very weird the past couple of years, and a bit frustrating. But first, should you ever find yourself unable to get to sleep and out of milk to warm, you might peek into my Smoky Mountain Woodworks page on Facebook.

I’ve been detailing the projects I’m working on again: that should put you to sleep in no time. When I’m not working on anything, I share other people’s projects that I found interesting. Don’t look at those: They’re stimulating and will get the brain wheels cranking again.

Seriously, when I was furniture-making full time, I always posted daily updates of what I did and how I did it. Many customers commented that they loved being able to watch their custom creation coming together, and it instilled a better appreciation for the amount of work and attention to detail it takes to build fine furniture.

On to the business at hand ...

I watered the garden this morning, so now it’s raining. Good. It’s been dry for days and I’m sure I didn’t put out all the water I should have because the gnats and skeeters were eating me alive. Something bit me on the upper lip and it’s swollen up like someone punched me. Welts all up and down my arms. Argh! So the added rain is very welcome.

The garden is doing right pitiful. Well, largely pitiful. OK, a little pitiful. Actually, now that I think about it, we’re not doing too badly, considering what has been tossed at us. We’re just not where we normally would be by late July. The peas have burned up, which would be normal for July, but they didn’t come up until just last month, so they got a really short time to produce anything. The lettuce bolted and I replanted. I have a few small sprouts surviving under a shade cloth but growing very slowly. Out of the 64 radishes I planted, I got two, and one of them I left too long (hoping it would get bigger) and it was too woody to eat. Blight attacked my taters, borers are in the stems of my zucchini, the neighbor’s dog keeps peeing on my herb bed and it withers up. The herb bed withers, not the dog. I’m not sure I’d want to eat those herbs anyway. I’m thinking electric fence. Tomato leaves are curling up – maybe I’m not watering them enough: they need lots of water.

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