At Plum Loco Ranch, Door County, WI.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stash Report Week 29

With daily watering the cucumbers produce.
It's hot/dry again - every morning outta bed, to the back yard to strategically set the little sprinkler that doesn't blow water sky high into the wind in the beds. You see, grass seed and starter fertilizer are cheap but the shrubs and perennials - that's different. Once the sprinkler is going, walk the dog.  Return and move the sprinkler about 4-6 more times.  I try to do zones on alternate days. Then there's the rose bushes to do in the front yard and the Asiatic lilies and ferns on the north side.
Cooler night time temps and the cherries finally ripened

And...with the rise in humidity and the somewhat cooler temps, below 100 that is, well I caught a cold.  A cold?!  In this heat?!

My guess is that the change in humidity brought a change to the allergens.  That 13-28% humidity we had made this the best summer I've ever spent in the St. Louis area.  No sneezing, no headaches, no constantly clearing the throat - until now with humidity over 70% - ugghh!

However, Romas and other large varieties tend to look like this.

I've really been sidelined the last 2 days.  But I cannot leave the watering to my DH who I watched yesterday with the hose nozzle spraying the plants and calling it watering. All he had to do was set the regulator on the end of the hose to low and let the sprinkler do the work.  But, will he listen to me?

If you have lots of watering to do, you must find one of these regulators at Lowe's or Home Depot or your hardware store.  DH bought them years ago and they are fantastic.  No more running to the on/off valve to try to get just the right rate of flow. It will even stop the water.  Just don't forget to turn it off at the source!

So, I guess this cold crept on me because I've had little energy to do anything this week.

Native Ozark witch hazel burned from the heat.

Used this week: 0
Used year to date: 20.775

Added this week (purchased/won): 0
Added this week (inherited/gifted): 0

Added year to date (purchased/won): 26.681
Added year to date (inherited/gifted): 65.75

Added year to date total: 92.431
Net used for 2012: -71.656

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Have a great week!


  1. Sure hope you get to feeling better. I gave up on the lawn a long time ago, just water tomatoes and two flower pots now. No rain for too long!!

  2. Hope you get to feeling better. Drama Teen came down with a sinus infection this week, so it must be something in the air.

  3. It is a big job watering. Sorry you got the crud.

  4. Sorry you were not feeling up to par, but I know exactly what you are going through with the watering. Your tomatoes look better than mine. I've gotten 6 zucchini from 2 plants (3 each) and no tomatoes from 6 plants. Either an animal knocks it off when they are green, or they are very tiny on the plant and none have turned pink at all. I guess the farmers market is where I'll be going soon.


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