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  1. #1
    Kathi Guest

    Default so hot and so dry

    it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here, nothingis growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will ever comeback, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed, but since we got 25of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.

    We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18 inches. We'vehad 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to preserve.

    I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not sure what yet.

    Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh, and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.

    We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything strawberry this year.

    I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this. Ever.

    City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to wateryour lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been fires......

    Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario

  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: so hot and so dry

    On 7/29/2012 3:53 PM, Kathi wrote:
    > it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here, nothing is growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will ever come back, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed, but since we got 25 of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.
    >
    > We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18 inches. We've had 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to preserve.
    >
    > I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not sure what yet.
    >
    > Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh, and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.
    >
    > We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything strawberry this year.
    >
    > I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this. Ever.
    >
    > City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to water your lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been fires.....
    >
    > Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    > Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario
    >

    I can understand your frustration, we had drought from early 2010 to
    late 2011, now we have a lot of rain. Today is the first day in over a
    week that we didn't get rain and there still may be some.

    Our grass is almost growing faster than we can mow it but the rain is
    also holding back the ripening of various things in the garden. Still
    getting quantities of sweet chiles, mostly Gypsy and banana but a few
    large green bells too. Eggplant has not done well this year at all,
    tomatoes just so so. Lots of green beans early in the season either
    canned or froze over 40 pints, plenty for the two of us for a year. Same
    with Swiss chard, all frozen, about 45 packages that are vacuum sealed,
    last forever unless the power goes off. Put up lots of broccoli and
    cauliflower from the winter garden so we won't go hungry.

    Watch out for those fires, we're seeing lots of them in the SW US of A
    on television.

    George, nearly ready to sell a nice house in SW Louisiana, where it
    rains frequently and there are lots of nice jobs. <G>

  3. #3
    Ross@home Guest

    Default Re: so hot and so dry

    On Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:53:43 -0700 (PDT), Kathi <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here, nothing is growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will ever come back, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed, but since we got 25 of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.
    >
    >We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18 inches. We've had 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to preserve.
    >
    >I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not sure what yet.
    >
    >Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh, and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.
    >
    >We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything strawberry this year.
    >
    >I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this. Ever.
    >
    >City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to water your lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been fires.....
    >
    >Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    > Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario


    Hot and dry here too, about 400 Km southwest of you.
    Strangely enough, even though hardly anything is producing, the red
    currants and raspberries did provide us with enough to make several
    batches of jelly.
    Harvested enough cucumbers for 4 jars of dills. Don't know if there'll
    be enough more to bother with. Beans are producing but just barely
    enough at any one time to make it worthwhile trying to blanch and
    freeze.
    Gerry just came in with enough beets to make it worthwhile to do
    something with. She loves beets as a vegetable which I don't mind
    either but I much prefer them as PBDC. I hope there's enough for both.
    We do have drip irrigation hoses under almost all of the garden but we
    are on a well. With no snow to speak of last winter and now with this
    drought I'm a bit concerned about over taxing it. It's a drilled well,
    63 feet deep and in a year with normal rainfall the static water level
    is always right around 32 feet from the surface. Used my jury-rigged
    device to measure it yesterday and it was at 39 feet, lowest I've ever
    seen it.
    We see storms passing north of us and south of us but not a drop here.
    Environment Canada keeps predicting rain for this area and then
    changes their mind. Areas as close as 25 Km have had rain so heavy
    that roads have been flooded and cars stranded in underpasses.
    If I was a religious man I might start thinking I'd done something to
    anger the gods.
    Gotta go set up the outside propane burner, too hot to be blanching
    beets in the house, besides, they stink ;-).

    Ross, near Cambridge, Ontario.

  4. #4
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: so hot and so dry

    On 7/30/2012 10:03 AM, Ross@home wrote:
    > On Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:53:43 -0700 (PDT), Kathi <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here, nothing is growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will ever come back, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed, but since we got 25 of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.
    >>
    >> We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18 inches. We've had 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to preserve.
    >>
    >> I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not sure what yet.
    >>
    >> Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh, and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.
    >>
    >> We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything strawberry this year.
    >>
    >> I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this. Ever.
    >>
    >> City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to water your lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been fires.....
    >>
    >> Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    >> Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario

    >
    > Hot and dry here too, about 400 Km southwest of you.
    > Strangely enough, even though hardly anything is producing, the red
    > currants and raspberries did provide us with enough to make several
    > batches of jelly.
    > Harvested enough cucumbers for 4 jars of dills. Don't know if there'll
    > be enough more to bother with. Beans are producing but just barely
    > enough at any one time to make it worthwhile trying to blanch and
    > freeze.
    > Gerry just came in with enough beets to make it worthwhile to do
    > something with. She loves beets as a vegetable which I don't mind
    > either but I much prefer them as PBDC. I hope there's enough for both.
    > We do have drip irrigation hoses under almost all of the garden but we
    > are on a well. With no snow to speak of last winter and now with this
    > drought I'm a bit concerned about over taxing it. It's a drilled well,
    > 63 feet deep and in a year with normal rainfall the static water level
    > is always right around 32 feet from the surface. Used my jury-rigged
    > device to measure it yesterday and it was at 39 feet, lowest I've ever
    > seen it.
    > We see storms passing north of us and south of us but not a drop here.
    > Environment Canada keeps predicting rain for this area and then
    > changes their mind. Areas as close as 25 Km have had rain so heavy
    > that roads have been flooded and cars stranded in underpasses.
    > If I was a religious man I might start thinking I'd done something to
    > anger the gods.
    > Gotta go set up the outside propane burner, too hot to be blanching
    > beets in the house, besides, they stink ;-).
    >
    > Ross, near Cambridge, Ontario.
    >

    Move down here Ross, lots of rain and more on the way. As I've mentioned
    before we have had two years of drought but no more. Wish I could send
    you some of this rain but don't know how to do it except mailing you
    buckets of rain.

    At least you're getting something out of your garden.

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    Andy Petro Guest

    Default Re: so hot and so dry


    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:50190aa9$0$7555$[email protected] com...
    > On 7/30/2012 10:03 AM, Ross@home wrote:
    >> On Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:53:43 -0700 (PDT), Kathi <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't
    >>> had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here,
    >>> nothing is growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will
    >>> ever come back, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15
    >>> 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed,
    >>> but since we got 25 of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a
    >>> few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.
    >>>
    >>> We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is
    >>> producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18
    >>> inches. We've had 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a
    >>> taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean
    >>> skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven
    >>> different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have
    >>> harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to
    >>> preserve.
    >>>
    >>> I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the
    >>> rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not
    >>> sure what yet.
    >>>
    >>> Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so
    >>> I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh,
    >>> and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.
    >>>
    >>> We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the
    >>> heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything
    >>> strawberry this year.
    >>>
    >>> I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this.
    >>> Ever.
    >>>
    >>> City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to
    >>> water your lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been
    >>> fires.....
    >>>
    >>> Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    >>> Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario

    >>
    >> Hot and dry here too, about 400 Km southwest of you.
    >> Strangely enough, even though hardly anything is producing, the red
    >> currants and raspberries did provide us with enough to make several
    >> batches of jelly.
    >> Harvested enough cucumbers for 4 jars of dills. Don't know if there'll
    >> be enough more to bother with. Beans are producing but just barely
    >> enough at any one time to make it worthwhile trying to blanch and
    >> freeze.
    >> Gerry just came in with enough beets to make it worthwhile to do
    >> something with. She loves beets as a vegetable which I don't mind
    >> either but I much prefer them as PBDC. I hope there's enough for both.
    >> We do have drip irrigation hoses under almost all of the garden but we
    >> are on a well. With no snow to speak of last winter and now with this
    >> drought I'm a bit concerned about over taxing it. It's a drilled well,
    >> 63 feet deep and in a year with normal rainfall the static water level
    >> is always right around 32 feet from the surface. Used my jury-rigged
    >> device to measure it yesterday and it was at 39 feet, lowest I've ever
    >> seen it.
    >> We see storms passing north of us and south of us but not a drop here.
    >> Environment Canada keeps predicting rain for this area and then
    >> changes their mind. Areas as close as 25 Km have had rain so heavy
    >> that roads have been flooded and cars stranded in underpasses.
    >> If I was a religious man I might start thinking I'd done something to
    >> anger the gods.
    >> Gotta go set up the outside propane burner, too hot to be blanching
    >> beets in the house, besides, they stink ;-).
    >>
    >> Ross, near Cambridge, Ontario.
    >>

    > Move down here Ross, lots of rain and more on the way. As I've mentioned
    > before we have had two years of drought but no more. Wish I could send you
    > some of this rain but don't know how to do it except mailing you buckets
    > of rain.
    >
    > At least you're getting something out of your garden.



    Where is down here ? In gardening everyone should specify where they live.
    It makes all the difference.







  6. #6
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: so hot and so dry

    On 8/4/2012 8:10 PM, Andy Petro wrote:
    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:50190aa9$0$7555$[email protected] com...
    >> On 7/30/2012 10:03 AM, Ross@home wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:53:43 -0700 (PDT), Kathi <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> it's been a while since I've checked in to RFP. And really, I haven't
    >>>> had much to post. Still don't, actually - it's so hot and so dry here,
    >>>> nothing is growing. Our grass is soooo crispy - I can't imagine it will
    >>>> ever come back, but of course, grass always does. Lost 9 out of 15
    >>>> 3-year-old spruce trees, and could still loose more. I'm disappointed,
    >>>> but since we got 25 of them free from the local Christmas Tree farmer a
    >>>> few years ago, there was no dollar investment, just my TLC.
    >>>>
    >>>> We water the veggie garden every other day (we're on a well). It is
    >>>> producing zukes, which we pick before they get bigger than 12 to 18
    >>>> inches. We've had 2 or 3 cukes too. Green beans and peas, enough for a
    >>>> taste at a few dinners so far. My radishes are skinny (and I mean
    >>>> skinny!), the canteloup and potatoes didn't even sprout. Seven
    >>>> different tomato plants are producing fruit but so far all we have
    >>>> harvested are the 'grapes'. There will never be enough of anything to
    >>>> preserve.
    >>>>
    >>>> I did manage to buy a good sized watermelon and made pickles out of the
    >>>> rind. Half of the flesh was blenderized and frozen for future use. Not
    >>>> sure what yet.
    >>>>
    >>>> Ontario peaches are making their first appearance in the stores now, so
    >>>> I buy a basket every time I'm shopping. We will eat what we can, fresh,
    >>>> and I'll freeze those that we don't for jam later.
    >>>>
    >>>> We missed strawberry season. It started and finished so fast due to the
    >>>> heat and humidity, and no rain. So no jams or pies or anything
    >>>> strawberry this year.
    >>>>
    >>>> I honestly can't remember the last time the weather was like this.
    >>>> Ever.
    >>>>
    >>>> City officials say there's a watering ban, then fire officials say to
    >>>> water your lawn anyway, because of the fire risk. And there have been
    >>>> fires.....
    >>>>
    >>>> Hope all is well with all my 'old' RFP friends,
    >>>> Kathi, near Ottawa, Ontario
    >>>
    >>> Hot and dry here too, about 400 Km southwest of you.
    >>> Strangely enough, even though hardly anything is producing, the red
    >>> currants and raspberries did provide us with enough to make several
    >>> batches of jelly.
    >>> Harvested enough cucumbers for 4 jars of dills. Don't know if there'll
    >>> be enough more to bother with. Beans are producing but just barely
    >>> enough at any one time to make it worthwhile trying to blanch and
    >>> freeze.
    >>> Gerry just came in with enough beets to make it worthwhile to do
    >>> something with. She loves beets as a vegetable which I don't mind
    >>> either but I much prefer them as PBDC. I hope there's enough for both.
    >>> We do have drip irrigation hoses under almost all of the garden but we
    >>> are on a well. With no snow to speak of last winter and now with this
    >>> drought I'm a bit concerned about over taxing it. It's a drilled well,
    >>> 63 feet deep and in a year with normal rainfall the static water level
    >>> is always right around 32 feet from the surface. Used my jury-rigged
    >>> device to measure it yesterday and it was at 39 feet, lowest I've ever
    >>> seen it.
    >>> We see storms passing north of us and south of us but not a drop here.
    >>> Environment Canada keeps predicting rain for this area and then
    >>> changes their mind. Areas as close as 25 Km have had rain so heavy
    >>> that roads have been flooded and cars stranded in underpasses.
    >>> If I was a religious man I might start thinking I'd done something to
    >>> anger the gods.
    >>> Gotta go set up the outside propane burner, too hot to be blanching
    >>> beets in the house, besides, they stink ;-).
    >>>
    >>> Ross, near Cambridge, Ontario.
    >>>

    >> Move down here Ross, lots of rain and more on the way. As I've mentioned
    >> before we have had two years of drought but no more. Wish I could send you
    >> some of this rain but don't know how to do it except mailing you buckets
    >> of rain.
    >>
    >> At least you're getting something out of your garden.

    >
    >
    > Where is down here ? In gardening everyone should specify where they live.
    > It makes all the difference.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >

    Most of the regulars on here know where I live, SW Louisiana, mosquito
    country and good gardening country if it doesn't rain too much.

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