Friday, August 10, 2012

Quote du jour/The Old Farmer's Almanac

Don't let the weeds get the upper hand these hot days. Of all of the months in the year, this is the best for the growth of weeds and the time of all others when it is the most difficult to kill them.
August 1887
The Old Farmer's Almanac

14 comments:

  1. Oh goodie! you are back and in the garden.

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    1. You are so kind. Am in the garden several times every day! Great time of year around here for vegetables, and hollyhocks. :<)

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  2. These days I weed from my little three-legged canvas stool . . . I have my own system : wait till the rain makes pulling easy and wait till they are tall enough I have something to grab on to. Glad you are back. How was the “home” vacation?

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    1. I know just what you mean. Those weeds in the picture are the main culprits just now, and they are relatively easy to pull out. There are just so many of them! Thanks for your words. I'll write more another time about the week away from the computer.

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  3. Love your hollyhocks! We always used to make dolls out of them, but darned if I can remember how to do it now!

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    1. You are the third person to tell me this! The friend who emailed said this:

      "There are lots of posts on them - here's one:

      http://www.onedeterminedgardener.com/2010/07/how-to-make-hollyhock-dolls-and-use.html

      We just took toothpicks and never used scissors or knives. You could make layered skirts by stacking multiple flowers and add hats by putting petals on the head."

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  4. Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed your staycation. (I'm sure you did, actually)...... things haven't changed much over the years at least as regards summer weeds and weeding!

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    1. Oh, thank you!
      As for the weeds, that's for sure!

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  5. Too late - the weeds have definitely won until cooler weather - and a little rain wouldn't hurt, either.

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    1. Ours at least come out fairly easily. We've had quite a lot of rain in the past few days. Hope it comes your way.

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  6. I hope you spent the week watching the weeds grow and not pulling them! Our very wet summer has made everything green grow, including many, many weeds but has spoiled or drowned all flowers, fruit and vegetables. I'm hoping for a better autumn and there's always next year to look forward to.

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    1. Are there really no flowers or vegetables that have grown?? Wow.

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    2. There are two apples, five sweet peas, a few day lilies and a few nasturtiums. The lavender crop is about a fifth of the usual and the potatoes, tomatoes, peas and beans, strawberries and raspberries failed altogether. The herb garden is a mess as most of my herbs are mediterranean and like to be dry. The garden is a sad sight unless you like lots of greenery because the leaves have grown like crazy. On the plus side, the birds love all the extra shelter.

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    3. What a sad description. Heartbreaking for a gardener.

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