Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's raining I can stop now

Garden Stuff

This time of year I begin to watch the sky for signs of impending rain,  since most of my energy at this point is going into Garden Repairs which were sadly neglected this summer.  I do not mow grass or weed or dig holes in 90+ heat.  The weeds, however, have no such constraints.  

One bonus from not-weeding and not-mulching and not-mowing is that all the weeds eventually set seed,  and the birds right now are having a field day with the bounty.  Our six resident wild turkeys visit the side lawn daily,  swurrrping up the seed heads and scavenging the ground for what got missed.  The small birds, busy on migration plans, are in the garden constantly, doing the same thing. So what I neglected to do this summer has had side benefits. 

And when you let weeds grow sometimes really interesting plants crop up; nothing I might want to save forever as a plant, but still interesting in itself.  And while it's probably advisable to get 'em when they're young in the spring,  if you do happen to miss out on the thrill of pulling nine bajillion tiny grass sprouts mingled with the lavender and woodruff plants,  eventually you will have saved yourself countless hours by letting the strongest kill off the weakest, develop a nice single root system, and then pull the entire plant in one sweep. 

I was also inundated with tomato seedlings that must have come from the  last year's compost, dozens of them, all over the potato patch.  I left a few, just to see what would happen, and it seems they got along with the potatoes extremely well (same family, well why not) even though purists insist there is a different soil need for each;  having started late, they developed fruit late, and while most of them had to be pulled after the potatoes were taken,  a few had put out an amazing amount of green fruit.  Hundreds of tomatoes.  The last plant I pulled up had been in direct contact with the dirt, instead of being trailed up a wire cage, and it had taken root all along the main stem.  At a guess Id say even though you lose a few tomatoes to nibblers,  the plant itself is compensated by the extra nourishment it gets from the extra roots;  and I wonder if a plant left to sprawl like that on good mulched dirt might not produce a much higher yield per plant. 

And now it's raining, I can stop for awhile, and think about what follows.

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