The News, Page 2, 2015
August 25, 2015
This dry spell we're having here in Northeast Ohio, or at least on my farm is a blessing which I cannot even express. I have had non-stop precipitation for three years straight, and the result has been much like a tropical rain forest. I have weeds ten feet high, and scrubby trees and shrubs that popped up before my very eyes and were certainly out of control. Add to that the fact that my beautiful organic soil which I painstakingly built over the years is washed away, leaving me with hard white clay. Add to that the dead water and toxic air, and it is a wonder anything has grown. But it is growing, just slow.
In addition to slowing the runaway weed growth, this dry spell is killing a lot of it off, especially the jewel weeds, which have been rampant. I've been pulling out the dying plants and spreading them around my cucumbers and squash. They are "juicy" plants, so they make very good mulch. The other blessing of this dryness is that the monster mosquitoes are finally going away. For two years, my poor dogs have been stuck in the house all summer long because going outside, even during the day meant being attacked by swarms. Two days ago, I FINALLY was able to start putting them out in the pen, and their personalities (and mine) are greatly improved. Until just recently, my early dog walk in the wee hours of the morn meant bundling up in my long winter fleece robe and hoodie with the string drawn tight, even when it was 75 degrees and I was sweating. Just stepping outside put me under attack. I'd have mosquitoes in my eyes, up my nose, and I even ate a couple. Yech! Gross. I wish the dryness would get rid of the slugs, but they're still pretty bad.
In any case, you will see by the photos that my eggplants and peppers are doing well, and I have bagged herbs, beautiful basils, fennel, parsley, salad burnet for sale. I grew my tomato plants in the greenhouse, and didn't begin putting them out until mid-July. They are full of tomatoes now, though I wish I could get them bushier. I am working to build back my soil and clean up the mess caused by the psychopaths that have poisoned this planet. But they are NOT winning. I have enjoyed a summer of exquisite sunshine and warmth, after years of darkness. This is the end of it, you know—one way or another, our old planet is gone for good, and depending on where you have focused your mind and attention, you will be either gone with it, or move on to the new earth. Beware and Be Ready. It is coming.
Here are some recent photos of flowers and food. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (this is not a clickable link; you must copy it onto your email program) if you are interested in buying anything you see. I also have catnip plants that desperately need to be divided. They will grow all winter in a warm, bright place.