July 19, 2017
In spite of the torrential rains every few days, and the toxic soil, toxic air, and toxic water, I have still managed to grow quite a bit. I have planted all my cucurbits in the greenhouse this year, since the summer squash did so well last year, along with the usual cucumbers. This year I have winter squash in there, too—butternut, acorn, carnival, and a few others, along with trying some cantaloupe, which I have not been able to grow for years. When I was a kid, we had tons of watermelons and cantaloupes—everything grew with so little effort. The nightmare in which we have been plunged on this planet by the criminal activities in the skies by our (and global) governments and military is heartbreaking and beyond the worst horror I could have ever imagined. But unlike so many, I believe all this IS going to stop, and soon because of other factors which I have hinted at in my last two articles, S.O.S. and And Now The Weather. And when it does, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth by the ususpecting majority of the population, the miserable and useless assholes who occupy this planet as if their own selfish desires are the reason for its being, whose apathy is just as evil as those who are directly perpetrating the destruction of our precious Earth. This goes especially for those who laugh in the face of people like myself who have been beating our brains against a wall trying to get them to wake up. It's a comin' and fast. The signs are everywhere. Couldn't happen fast enough, as far as I'm concerned. And also, as far as I'm concerned, these beings need to be shipped off to some distant planet to have their DNA dismantled so there is no possibility they will ever replicate again.
And so, in this issue, I have lots of pictures to share of what IS doing well. As I mentioned in the first issue, I am doing my cucumbers a bit different this year by putting up poles for them to climb, prior to the strings which take them to the roof of the greenhouse. I have also kept them in rows, and so there is a tidyness which will make harvesting much easier. Now, when it comes to the sqaush area—well that is just an out-of-control mess, but unless I put up chicken wire, or something similar, I don't think the strings would support the weight of the fruits.
As I did last year, I am letting my tomato plants mature in buckets in the greenhouse, then setting them out when they begin to fruit, which has been the last few weeks. Now I am in major transplant mode. I also have saved the seeming millions of volunteers that popped up everywhere for two reasons. One is that germination in general is becoming so poor, partially due to my own conditions, and partially to the seeds themselves, which are getting weaker and weaker due to the global toxic onslaught, and the corruptions from Monsanto's GMOs and other poisonous activities. And the other reason is that the seeds that survived the winter, albeit a very mild winter, obviously contain a genetic hardiness, and truly, they have proven to be the strongest plants. I will have ripe tomatoes from them soon.
My annual flower display is growing fast, in fact the photos I took a couple days ago are already outdated, so I plan to do another issue of this series very soon with flower photos. I planted some new flowers I have never grown, and of course my old favorites. But even some of those have been difficult this year. I can't seem to grow a petunia to save my life, which is usually one of the easiest flowers I grow. I finally have some now that are doing better. Spindliness has been a big problem, which is unbelievable, because they are growing in a GREENHOUSE, where there should never be a lack of daylight and sunshine, especially in a greenhouse as big as mine. But we know that 60% of our sunlight is now being blocked. These miserable bastards. How stupid can they be? NOTHING on the planet can live without sunlight, either directly or as part of the food/survival chain. They are killing their own life-support system.
And the other problem has been slugs, which, with all this rain, I can scoop up by the handfuls. I keep a pair of slug-cutter scissors in the greenhouse and at my flower display, and can go around in the morning and cut them in half in volumes. Of course another problem is that they are then atttracted to the dead ones, which they eat. Yuk. Anyways, they wiped out an entire variety of lettuce, and my collard greens, which they eat as fast as it grows. My Siberian Kale has fared better, but it is higher off the ground. In all, I have been in a state of overwhelm for the past three months. Most of my effort has been going toward damage control from the constant deluge. It looks like we might finally be getting a bit of a break this week.
Of course, I tend to set myself too-high goals, especially for my website. This year I decided to read all those REALLY long books I've put off for years. I'm currently weeding my way through 700 pages of Dostoyesvky, whose complete works I am also working through, along with Dickens, both of whom wrote long books. And the other thing I am doing, which I had no idea how difficult it would be, is to add at least one new entry this year to every Cross-Reference/Resource Index page, which is almost completed. Those are really cool pages, the pinnacle of my code-writing efforts. Check them out.
And so, having said all that, here are some pictures for you to enjoy, beginning with pots of huge tomato plants. The first are already transplanted. The second are my next project after I turn off my computer, before it gets too hot,