June 12, 2017
Well, we're off to another shitty start to the farm year. It has done nothing but rain here in Northeast Ohio, and when it's not raining, it is dark, dark, dark. And people are finally beginning to notice, even strangers I talk to that I meet in public places. How can we live on a planet with no sun? We CAN'T! Nothing is growing, and much of what I did plant is being eaten by slugs, because everything is STILL SO WET. This is JUNE, for God's sake, it should be sunny and bright. How much longer can we survive on this planet with the men in planes totally devastating our weather pattern? The other day I finally saw a tractor out in a field. Corn should have been planted long ago. There is nothing growing out there in anybody's fields.
I have mentioned this before, but back in late 1994 was when I began keeping weather records. At that point, the weather was already getting very strange, in fact that's why I began recording data. But it was nothing compared to what it is now. Out of curiosity, I went back through my drawer full of notebooks and looked up the spring months in 1995. In April that year we had four days of rain. This year, we had eleven days of rain in April. In 1995, there were five days of rain in May. This year, we had a whopping seventeen days of rain in May! OMG!! I also looked at my comments. In 1995, I had jotted down, day after day: "beautiful day," "sunny and gorgeous," and so on. This year, through May and now June, it is one day after another of "dark day, lots of spraying." Why is it SO important to keep the eastern half, or third at least, of the country so frickin wet? There are things here that just make no sense to me anymore, no matter what the explanation or theory. But whatever is going on (and I have a sick feeling it isn't even about the weather at all, and that is just a by-product), but whatever it is, the spraying is the most important element.
In any case, I have finally been getting lots of stuff growing in the greenhouse, although I have to replant a number of tomato varieties because the slugs ate what I planted. I finally got peppers and eggplants done today—and it's getting pretty late for them. But I figured, what's the point of planting them when it has been so cold. Now it's too frickin hot.
But I think I should have enough tomato plants. I had so many really strong and healthy ones coming up all over the place, that I pulled them up and stuck them in pots. They are already getting blossoms. Last year, I didn't set the plants out until they had actual fruits, which was mostly through July. I had the best tomato crop in years. I have found that my soil is so dead and washed out that if I put them out before they are in fruit, they grow too slow to produce much. You can see the plants in pots in the pictures below. Once the blossoms start to open, I set them outside to harden them off, then they get transplanted, and are super healthy. At least the greenhouse offers some protection from the toxic soup raining down on us when they're still in their developmental stage.
Most of my cucumbers are transplanted, too, and I'm doing all my squash inside now because they just won't grow outside. I'm doing it a bit different this year. I'm using my tomato stakes to give the cucumbers a head start at climbing, then will string them up to the ceiling, as usual. I have my big ladder in the greenhouse now, so that will make things easier. I am also planting them in rows, rather than helter-skelter as I usually do, in an attempt to control the masses of vines that develop.
I'm also working on my annual flower display, growing my usual favorites—zinnias, marigolds, petunias, celosia, snapdragons, (which I over-wintered in the greenhouse, and have been blooming since about March). I have some different flowers I'm trying this year, too. Last year so much of what I planted rotted from the non-stop rains that began in mid-July. What a mess. I am so sick of this rain, I cannot even begin to describe my level of anger at the damage and devastation my farm has suffered. And all for . . .? What? I just cannot wrap my mind around the insanity of this manipulated weather. But what I do know is that there WILL be an end to it because the entire planetary ecosystem cannot endure this onslaught for much longer.
I just completed reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. If you are not familiar with it, it was the first environmental activism book written, and was the power behind the formation of the EPA, (which is just as corrupt now as everything else). She goes back to the end of WWII, and the military's funding to develop these extremely toxic pesticides like DDT. Of course, that is also the time period when they began the chemtrail spraying program. DDT and other poisons were eventually taken off the market, but, in reality, things have only gotten much worse with the environment. This book should be required reading for every human being on the planet. You can read it online for free, or download it to a reader. The link to that is at the bottom of my review.
So that's a rundown of what's happening at the farm. More pictures are forthcoming.
Below are my cucumber plants beginning their climb up the stakes. They have lots of grasping tendrils, and the blossoms will soon open. Next are some of my volunteer tomato plants that have been popping up everywhere. They will be ready to go outside in a few weeks with growing fruits.