Friday, June 24, 2016

morning discoveries

I'm still coughing.  At this point, I try to step outside to cough if Cliff's in the house.  It's a deep, rattling cough that goes on and on, and he can't help commenting:  "Oh yeah, you're getting better.  Right."

I point out to him that Cora is still having coughing fits, and she's had this mess ten days longer than I.  

This morning, I can honestly say that I do feel a little energy.  I've been weak as a kitten through this whole thing.  In fact, that's how it began, with two days of barely being able to put one foot in front of the other.  My self-diagnosis was low potassium, because I take water pills for high blood pressure.  I remember my mother having this problem.  Of course I consulted Dr. Google.  However, when the sore throat developed, I realized I had caught Cora's bug, which was probably causing my weariness. 

I have managed to sit on the back deck every morning, which is like a tonic.  We've had very hot temperatures, so the one time it's comfortable to be outside is in the morning hours.  Most times there's been a pleasant breeze.  That keeps the mosquitoes that love to feast in the morning hours from destroying my serenity.

Today after soaking in the perfection around me for a few minutes,  I left the deck and went to the garden, where most things are doing well.  This year I am not fretting about crop failure.  The garden is half the size it used to be, and has straw covering areas between rows.  Actually, it seems to be someone's failed oat crop, because all the grains are still on the straw; I guess it's very dry oat hay that perhaps was ruined by an ill-timed rainstorm.  This has presented a slight problem, because those little oats like to sprout and turn into new oat plants.  I knew this could happen when I spread it, but since it's no big deal what happens with the garden this year, I went ahead with my plans.  As it turns out, those sprouted oat plants pull easily, and there are fewer of them than there would be of the weeds that would come up without my mulch preventing their growth.  Since my garden is small, I've been doing a fairly good job of keeping up with the unwanted oat crop.   

A Facebook gardening friend has been mentioning "JB's" a lot on her status, saying they were a big problem.  I puzzled at what those initials stood for... all I could think of was June Bugs, and I always thought they were harmless.  I finally checked into her status more thoroughly and realized she was addressing her Japanese Beetle problem.  I even saw a picture of them she shared.  Hmmm.  OK.  

Yesterday morning as I strolled along the sidewalk in front of the house, I glanced at the Hibiscus plants, which will soon be blooming, and saw hundreds of those same shiny green bugs I had seen pictured by my friend.  I looked closer and was shocked at the lascivious acts being committed on my plants!  There had obviously been some gluttonous acts, too, since there had been huge holes eaten in the leaves of my prized plants.  Sevin dust to the rescue.  

On my garden stroll this morning, I noticed a few tomatoes are really getting some size on them.  Maybe by my birthday I'll be able to have a BLT.  Ah, but wouldn't you know there was trouble in paradise.  Tomato hornworms have started eating leaves of some of the plants.  Again, Sevin dust to the rescue.  There are lots of bugs and pests that aren't bothered by Sevin, but thank goodness it still works on Japanese Beetles and Hornworms.

I only wish it worked on raccoons and opossums.  There's been no sign of a problem with them yet, but I recall last year when the little varmints started pulling tomatoes that had barely started to ripen off the vines, eating a bite or two, then going after another.  As I said, I'm not stressing much over the garden this year, but I do have a problem when I miss out on my earliest home-grown tomatoes due to a useless varmint.    

6 comments:

Jackie said...

I just love reading your journal entries. You always put me "right there" and I can see everything going on as you write about it! Glad you're feeling better...and.. how dare those beetles fornicate on your plants! The nerve! lol

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

God bless you! I tend to try to self treat, medicate, or heal naturally myself, but at times we all need a boost from a doctor visit. My employers gave us all Teledoc for an added benefit this year. It has been a real blessing.

I hate garden pests! We still trust Sevendust for a lot of problems ourselves.

Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you are feeling some better. I had something like you've experience that started just before Christmas and it took till Spring for me to finally get any strength back. It seems I caught every bug my grandkids shared. Now I'm over that but I'm not what I used to be. I'm thinking this is the new me. Whatever flu that was it surely does a fine job of knocking us out. Take care !

TARYTERRE said...

Wish you felt better but you sound like you are pushing through. Hang in there.

Margaret said...

Your tomatoes are so far ahead of mine, which are just getting blossoms now. Hopefully, no destructive bugs will come along. We're not usually buggy here. Take care of that cough; they can hang on FOREVER.

krueth said...

Ishy ole bugs! I am thankful I don't have a lot of bugs in my garden or flowers! My tomatoes too, are just blossoming. My corn is about a foot tall now, so hopefully it grows a lot by August so I can harvest some!
Hope you continue to feel better. My daughter had the crud and its been over a month. She has gone to the Dr twice for it now. First time antibiotics and now an inhaler and steroid for her lungs. Has your's turned into Bronchitis maybe? Wendy