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Dear Outside Weather, Really?? Really?? [Jul. 23rd, 2017|10:57 am]
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93.5 °F - Feels Like 106 °F

Just spent a half hour outside, and came in dripping. Ugh.

I was picking the grape tomatoes, squash, collards, and some of the popcorn. The popcorn is a mixture of strains, so every cob is a surprise. Some are much like this "glass gem" corn. Regrettably, pollination wasn't ideal, so there are lots of half populated cobs. Still, given everyone's dismissal of growing corn without a fortress around it, i'm delighted.

I ordered a dehydrator, so the large number of squash doesn't intimidate me. And now i kinda wish for exponential tomatoes, but they don't seem to be coming -- unless i want to pick green and let them ripen in the house. Which is very tempting.

Yesterday i spend outside 10 to noon doing a burn. Most of the time i spent running the hose over myself to keep cool while watching the fire. Usually i keep gathering debris, but not yesterday. I did do some weeding in the shade.

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Christine had what seems like an elephant event last night. But maybe it was just life.

Carrie continues to negotiate bed space with the cats. Turning her back to them is the best thing she's learned so far. They know how to stand up to her when she confronts them, but a big dog back?

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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2017-07-24 12:24 am (UTC)
Will the popcorn pop? I'm so impressed that you got yield your first year.

Needless to say, the SF paper advocates hand pollination:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/pollinate-sweet-corn-hand-48467.html
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-07-24 10:25 am (UTC)
I'm interested in seeing if it will, although, i will admit to appreciating the decorative value and the bird food value as well.

The hand pollination instructions are interesting, thanks. I'd grown the corn in a square, and i've only picked the edges so far -- mostly some stunted stalks -- so the center harvest might be a greater success. The Seminole pumpkin vines have taken over the ground, though, so it will be a while before i harvest the center. But hand pollinating the outside stalks makes sense for next year.
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