Savage Farming

Sunday, August 12, 2007

2nd week blues

My Sunday is November.

Got 2 weeks behind us but the work is still piling up. Weed control, fertilizing and of course the convoluted logistics of watering. Bad enough on its own but add outside scheduling conflicts and it makes a Rubik's Cube look like tic-tac-toe.

Had one amazing little delight amidst the consternation. Came back from farm#2 and was refilling the settling pond and noticed some sort of large insect crawling around on the bottom. Bent down to get a closer look and the thing jetted off. Only one critter moves like that in Oregon waters: Crawdads! So that was a fun little discovery. Now I'm a crayfish farmer too.

It's been blessedly cool here this week, hovering just below 90. Perfect tomato growing weather, 58 degree nights and 89 degree days. Great for the corn too.

Gotta go. Y'all have a fine day and a balmy breezy evenin'.

3 Comments:

  • Sorry your work is piling up, but glad that your weather has been pleasant. All the heat has moved here- been at least 94-95 every day last week and more expected this week. I gave up on my little garden. :-(

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 6:19 AM  

  • Saw an immense crayfish up in the irrigation ditch last fall when I was closing the valve for the season. Actually wondered if someone had put one there as a joke, or attempt to freak me out. I certainly didn't want it to get into the irrigation feed pipe.
    On another subject...
    How do you control nutsedge? It has become the bane of my existence.

    By Blogger 50plus, at 7:19 AM  

  • Hi Rae Ann,
    Have you tried drip irrigation? The fine spray emitters can put down a fog of moisture while consuming very little water volume. Never give up, never surrender!

    Hi 50plus,
    Nutsedge can be controlled mechanically or by using several herbicides, one called "Manage" seems to work fine. You can get it from Grange Coop but they'll try to sell you another brand if you just go to the garden department. Ask to talk to someone in chemicals...

    By Blogger The Guy, at 6:38 AM  

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