Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Posts Tagged / beets

  • Sep 22 / 2012
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Gardening Score-card

In some ways this was a great growing season. I have never had such a good crop of corn. In other ways it has been disastrous. My Russian Giant sunflowers took forever to get started and are still not ripe.

Yet there have been pleasant little surprises here and there. Today I started digging carrots. It’s just a miracle any grew. You are supposed to keep the soil moist to get them to sprout but I was watering other things so furiously during a hot, windy drought that they were missed. Somehow, somewhere, they got the idea to grow and I did not even notice. Smothered in weeds and growing in clay so tough the fork would not penetrate were decent half-grown carrots. I guess they jumped at the chance during a rain we had in July. I had given up on them. They were planted in May.

Also, the onions did not do well, but when I was picking them I came upon a little maple tree. I didn’t plant it. It must have ridden in with the fill when we graded. I don’t know what kind of maple it is but most around here are Acer negundo, Manitoba Maple. They are not as sweet as sugar-maples but they will do. It gives me another reason to live ten more years to see that.

Also, most of the junipers died in the drought. I just could not water enough. Must get that in-ground system installed… Still every few feet of the hedge, there is one happy as anything. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Eventually, I will be able to propagate the few proud and brave ones and make a complete hedge.

The weeds did really well as we worked hard renovating the old place. When we move the compost pile from the old place and incorporate it in my garden the soil will be greatly improved. I also will have a greenhouse next spring so the onions, peppers and tomatoes will have a better head-start. I probably will not plant so many beets. More than half are still in the ground and I am tired of pickling. I have about 50L of pickled beets, enough for eating once or twice every day of the year.

The pumpkins produced 14 huge fruits, all sitting on my veranda. I will make a lot of pies this year. I should grow a different variety next year, one that grows faster and is easier to carry. One of the Big Max fruits was so big I had to roll it up a ramp to be able to lift it into the wheel barrow. They barely had time to ripen because the drought slowed them down seriously.

Next year, I should be able to give the garden much more attention because the old place is almost done. There’s just a bit of freight to move and the new owner/occupant can move in. The greenhouse will permit many more seedlings to grow, enough for a perimeter hedge as well as the berms and garden. I have all the material to construct the greenhouse. I only lack motivation as if winter coming were not enough. I expect at least a month of good weather for that project.

The new greenhouse will be a simple square steel frame with a peaked roof and polyethelene covering. I can use it to keep equipment out of the weather, too.

  • Sep 21 / 2012
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I Hate Telephones Most of the Time

Ever since I was young I knew telephones were evil. They would interrupt people rudely at any time of the day or night. Today was different. The phone rang and I picked it up. During the conversation I was informed that the little woman had shopped in Winnipeg and not informed me she had bought up a good stock of preserving jars for beets! They were in the trunk of the car out in the garage. Aha! I am now back at work boiling and pickling beets. At the rate I am going the beets in the ground are unlikely to be harvested fully. I am a wheelbarrow behind on the pickling. About now, the little woman might do the maths and realize we have enough for a year, or two… Then there are the carrots still remaining to be harvested and the ground cultivated to incorporate all the weeds and crop residues.

So, sometimes telephones do good service. I still am convinced that CPUs should be interrupted, not people. People should be able to work asynchronously. That’s why God made e-mail, after all.