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  1. #5241
    Summerthyme, my potato plants started out very well and then the plants just sort of gave up. No sign of isease or insects. The potatoes I dug up were totally firm, smooth and healthy, but none were bigger than a jumbo eggs, and most were a good deal smaller. Lots of large marbles, maybe nickel-size, and a lot of golf balls and ping-pong balls. There was no apparent reason for this to happen and I have to think it was just from how different the sun has become.

    My sister's plants did a little better before her plants gave up, but her potatoes are covered with the little scabby knots.

    Glad you'll still have enough potatoes for your own needs at least.

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    Somewhere in recent travels I ran across stories of thermometers places near A/C discharge, middle of parking lot where Chief parks his truck...
    "...Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the cats of war..."
    Itís a real pisser when your belief system gets T-boned by reality.
    Iím not afraid of dying...I just donít want to be there!
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  3. #5243
    The location for the temp reading nearest my house was described as being on a "south-facing hillside". You'd think they'd be embarrassed to even admit that! Needless to say, I checked the several in my area and chose the one that most often agreed with the readings I got from my own thermometers.

  4. #5244
    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Microclimates are very real. Our temperatures are often 2-3 degrees different from the neighbor who lives about 300 feet higher at the top of the hill... and the creek bottom 1/8 mile east often gets frost (both Spring and fall) when we don't get below 34 degrees. And the "official" temps are taken in the village which is down in the valley, so they often aren't very accurate for us.

    We're heading into the 40's tomorrow night... still hoping for a long, late warm fall, but I dunno. The wet year is already proving disastrous to more than just crops... I've seen 6 cases of West Nile virus in horses in the last 8 days... so far, 4 have survived, and one is deathly ill right now. I spent $100 to vaccinate my 2 horses.. money we don't really have, but a lot cheaper than a horse! Plus, I sure don't want to have to explain to my granddaughter that her beloved mini mare died of West Nile.

    We're eating out of the gardens daily... I've canned about 100 pints of snap beans, a few beets, and we're anxiously watching the tomatoes, hoping they'll mature and ripen before frost. I'm in my 7th year of developing several varieties of sweet bell peppers, and I have plants with over 2 dozen large peppers on each one!

    My vines were a total loss... rabbits ate every plant! Fortunately, I planted cucumbers and one cantaloupe plant in the raised beds close to the house, and they are thriving. But I need to somehow figure out how to get rid of the blasted rabbits! They've also been badly damaging the blueberries over the winter. I hate to say it, but I think I need to get a Jack Russell pup, or some sort of rat terrier... they definitely aren't my favorite type dog, but our herding dogs don't have much hunting instinct. Dixie will chase predators off anytime it's needed, but she apparently sees no problem with rabbits!

    The potatoes have mostly died down, despite spraying with copper every 10 days. There is absolutely no hint of blight on the tomatoes (sprayed on the same schedule) so I'm not sure what's going on. I've dug decent sized new potatoes for fresh eating, but there don't seem to be very many. We'll have enough... I plant way more than we should need, just in case. But these weather patterns are surely a challenge!

    Summerthyme
    Microclimates are the third rail in Climate "science". They are too busy chasing numbers to fit the prearranged narrative to ever admit how much the place where the testing equipment is placed really matters over time.

    I trust my 30 year old weather station (measures temp, humidity, and barometric pressure) because it's right here in my yard until I put it back on the wall where it goes- not miles away.

    40 degree nights? I wish! I've had to settle for 73 here lately. We are eating out of our garden daily as well as chewing through last year's stash of wild game in the freezers. Can some, eat some.
    Last edited by Seeker22; 08-22-2019 at 09:04 PM.
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  5. #5245
    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Microclimates are very real. Our temperatures are often 2-3 degrees different from the neighbor who lives about 300 feet higher at the top of the hill... and the creek bottom 1/8 mile east often gets frost (both Spring and fall) when we don't get below 34 degrees. And the "official" temps are taken in the village which is down in the valley, so they often aren't very accurate for us.

    We're heading into the 40's tomorrow night... still hoping for a long, late warm fall, but I dunno. The wet year is already proving disastrous to more than just crops... I've seen 6 cases of West Nile virus in horses in the last 8 days... so far, 4 have survived, and one is deathly ill right now. I spent $100 to vaccinate my 2 horses.. money we don't really have, but a lot cheaper than a horse! Plus, I sure don't want to have to explain to my granddaughter that her beloved mini mare died of West Nile.

    We're eating out of the gardens daily... I've canned about 100 pints of snap beans, a few beets, and we're anxiously watching the tomatoes, hoping they'll mature and ripen before frost. I'm in my 7th year of developing several varieties of sweet bell peppers, and I have plants with over 2 dozen large peppers on each one!

    My vines were a total loss... rabbits ate every plant! Fortunately, I planted cucumbers and one cantaloupe plant in the raised beds close to the house, and they are thriving. But I need to somehow figure out how to get rid of the blasted rabbits! They've also been badly damaging the blueberries over the winter. I hate to say it, but I think I need to get a Jack Russell pup, or some sort of rat terrier... they definitely aren't my favorite type dog, but our herding dogs don't have much hunting instinct. Dixie will chase predators off anytime it's needed, but she apparently sees no problem with rabbits!

    The potatoes have mostly died down, despite spraying with copper every 10 days. There is absolutely no hint of blight on the tomatoes (sprayed on the same schedule) so I'm not sure what's going on. I've dug decent sized new potatoes for fresh eating, but there don't seem to be very many. We'll have enough... I plant way more than we should need, just in case. But these weather patterns are surely a challenge!

    Summerthyme
    Don't you give your own shots? A single dose of West Nile vaccine runs about $32 for me, and I thought that was bad enough. I can't imagine having to fork out $50 a shot!

  6. #5246
    Quote Originally Posted by Marseydoats View Post
    Don't you give your own shots? A single dose of West Nile vaccine runs about $32 for me, and I thought that was bad enough. I can't imagine having to fork out $50 a shot!
    Oh, yeah... but 2 horses, 2 doses each. It adds up...

    Summerthyme

  7. #5247
    New Adapt 2030 podcast up about an hour ago MIAC #223

    Runs 30:22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    New Adapt 2030 podcast up about an hour ago MIAC #223

    Runs 30:22
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMEbSRkIMcc

    (MIAC #223) Grand Solar Minimum A Lead-In To Larger Cycles

    •Wildfires Siberia 2019
    •Huge volcanic eruption Russia
    •80N to the North Pole 90N temperatures haven’t exceeded the 45 year average according to the Danish Meteorological Institute
    •Micro-Nova or Superflare from the Sun in a recurring cycle
    •Magnetic pole reversal
    •Adam & Eve Story
    •Great Arctic Outbreak 1899
    •Great Freeze 1607 Netherlands
    •220 million year cycles of our solar system around the Milky Way
    •Cycles of Time , Cycles of Civilization
    •How will crops respond to record heat followed by record cold

  9. #5249
    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    Somewhere in recent travels I ran across stories of thermometers places near A/C discharge, middle of parking lot where Chief parks his truck...
    Anthony Watts has that info at wattsupwiththat.com and he's had that available for years. The science deniers who hate him refuse to acknowledge his findings and his questioning of the flawed "global warming" hysteria. He gets accused of bein' in the pocket of "Big Oil" all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9idrr View Post
    Anthony Watts has that info at wattsupwiththat.com and he's had that available for years. The science deniers who hate him refuse to acknowledge his findings and his questioning of the flawed "global warming" hysteria. He gets accused of bein' in the pocket of "Big Oil" all the time.
    That’s probably where I found it. Reading a lot of denier stuff, kinda ticks me off.
    "...Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the cats of war..."
    Itís a real pisser when your belief system gets T-boned by reality.
    Iím not afraid of dying...I just donít want to be there!
    ...sell your cloak, and buy a sword...Second Amendment 1.0

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    Adapt 2030 has a new podcast out this morning:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TjjLLY9u9M

    60 Year Cold Australia, Brazil Fruit Colder Days (876)

    Run time is 4:54

    Coldest in 60 years @ 16S Latitude in Cairnes, Australia with ski seasons enjoying the most snow this century. Fruit growers in Brazil increasing apple production because the number of cold days is increasing.

  12. #5252
    Quote Originally Posted by TxGal View Post
    Adapt 2030 has a new podcast out this morning:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TjjLLY9u9M

    60 Year Cold Australia, Brazil Fruit Colder Days (876)

    Run time is 4:54

    Coldest in 60 years @ 16S Latitude in Cairnes, Australia with ski seasons enjoying the most snow this century. Fruit growers in Brazil increasing apple production because the number of cold days is increasing.
    The increased Apple production may explain why they have set more of the Amazon Rainforest on fire. They do slash and burn but this year its more than normal.
    Don't be dismayed by goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. --Richard Bach

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    Interesting blog post on growing rice at home (here in the states). Given that rice harvests have been hit in Thailand and other places by poor weather conditions, this might be a good thing to consider going forward (pics at the link):

    http://www.5acresandadream.com/

    August 21, 2019

    My First Rice Harvest


    I can't help but take a pause from my Solar Pantry Series for my very first rice harvest. I've never grown rice before so this small patch has been an experiment; an experiment on which I've pinned great hopes.

    I planted two varieties of upland rice last May (blog post here). Upland rice is different from lowland or paddy rice because it doesn't have to be flooded. It can be grown without a rice paddy.

    The Cho Seun variety is said to be ready to harvest somewhere around 125 days after transplanting or whenever the heads are golden brown.

    I cut mine at day 123 with my hand sickle.

    The patch was small so it didn't take long. It filled my wheelbarrow.

    My next step is to thresh it. This variety is supposed to be relatively easy to thresh because it is awnless. We'll see!

    The second bed of rice, Loto, still has a lot of green seed heads.

    So I'm still waiting on that one.

    My seed packets contained 7 grams of rice seed each, so I'm curious about my yield. We'll try some of course, but I plan to save most of it as seed for next summer's crop. Hopefully, homegrown rice can become a regular part of our diet.

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