Monday, November 12, 2007

Gardening Weekend.

I had an easy weekend. I jammed a bit with my neighbor, and spent some time in the yard.

Normally by now, I'd have my gardens ripped up, and I'd be snagging leaves from the neighbor's, and getting them tilled in.

This year, I looked at my weed patch that is dotted with a mix of healthy tomatoes, peppers and basil, and I wasn't sure what to do.

My wife had some input. Touch my tomatoes and die!

It is mid-November and I have big beefsteak tomatoes still growing!

I ended up weeding and tilling around the plants. It is late in the season, but I went ahead and threw in a variety of lettuce and cabbage seeds. In what used to be a normal winter, these are plants that grow well. I've had lettuce and cabbage under three inches of snow, thaw out unfazed.

This year, it is still in the 70s. There is no sign we'll get a freeze anytime soon. They may just sprout and do fine.

My winter wheat is nearly a foot high. Irene says that's the dumbest thing I've planted yet. She's probably right. There is no way I can grow it cheaper than I can buy it. Without government subsidies, I can't compete with an industry that sells below cost, in order to keep third world nations impoverished.

Even as I write this, I'm reminded that during Perestroika, fresh bread and staples such as flour and sugar, were hard to come by. There is no way I can grow enough food on my plot to sustain us, but that isn't the point. Having something to fall back on, when the store is out of what you need, is the point. And that is how the Russian people recovered from Perestroika. They grew what they couldn't buy.

Last year, we were eating artichokes twice a week. It seemed like a sinful indulgement, considering how expensive they are in Texas supermarkets. But not for us. I just walked out to the front yard and picked them when they were ready.

This next year, we'll be pigging out on fresh asparagus and artichokes!

10 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Edgar said...

Hi wease,

Congrats on the tomatoes. Mine didn't survive the heat of the summer. My peppers are still producing, but the cold snap last week yellowed the leaves. The jalapeƱos are still bearing fruit, the bell peppers not so much.

There will still be plenty of time for you to work stuff in after the hard freeze comes. Now is a good time to gather up organic material from the four corners of your neighborhood in preparation. Good luck. [/edgar]

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Edgar said...

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Ha! My word verification contained "mrx". Ah, the old days.

 
At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Wease,
This is fyi from cfn sometime back. Glad to read your still hard at it. I as a fellow citizen appreciate your service. Have you ever heard from JJ or ross or any of the other radically sensible people of cfn? I imagine like me you now just go to that site to read JHK's monday morning rant. It is amazing how that site degenerated. At least we can take some comfort in knowing even with us gone from that site it is still full of nastiness. I do miss some of the stimulating posts of the old guard though. Keep an eye on the Gulfstream. take care,
mike(aka fyi,and other derogatory words :)

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Hey Mike!

No I don't visit JHK's blog at all now.

I haven't heard from those folks. I don't know where they hang out now.

I'm not sure how much longer I'll keep this blog up. I may take it down when the year is out.

Politically, I think the US is going to become much more dangerous. My gut tells me that Guillani 9/11 is likely to be our next president. Under his rule, I expect things to deteriorate fast. Even under Hillary or any of the other MSM approved candidates, I expect that repression will be the rule.

The USA is sleep walking into a police state. I don't believe that this state of affairs can be turned around, because the population doesn't care and doesn't believe it. All the right moves are being made by the government, and the public approves of those moves so far.

This coming election year will see some crazy stuff. You can expect more public filming of protesters being tasered, and more MSM talk of trying dissenters for treason.

We're just a few short years away from the government openly oppressing the general public in the name of safety.

I'll be writing more about this soon.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Edgar said...

You're right wease, the gubbermint is about to crack down. The people are stupid and deserve their fate, IMO. Time to go underground.

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Man, I wish you could toss some of those artichokes my way.

Down here in Florida it was just too hot this summer for tomatoes and mine sort of fried on the vine, vine and all.

Strange, here some of the trees that shouldn't be sprouting new growth at this time of year are indeed doing just that. Very strange.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

PoP! You can grow your own!

If you grow them in a pot, get a big one though. They are thistles and can get 3ft across.

Seeds are available online and there are several varieties.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger fallout11 said...

I'll miss your blog, Wease, should you decide to discontinue it.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I haven't decided yet. I'll probably just let the momentum carry me and keep on blogging.

But I'd be a liar if I said that I wasn't afraid at times.

Our current administration has been hugely successful in making folks like me afraid to speak up for the US Constitution and the Republic as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson.

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger fallout11 said...

It's okay, they'll be coming for me (and Edgar) about the same time.

 

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