The heat has been unbearable. Rain permitting, I hope to make it out to the produce site to see if the lettuce is bolting. I hope not. We’re hoping for our first mega-harvest of the year.
I was pleasantly surprised by the current performance by a broccoli and kohlrabi bed I planted. I planted it in a controlled tantrum: I tore up the grass that had invaded and laid down the seeds, with no other preparation. I remember laying down the seed and saying, “It’s probably not going to make it, but screw it. I might as well use the seeds I bought.” I noticed on Sunday that the crops are coming in strong, so much so that I’m going to take the time to weed the beds by hand this week, apply BT for the cabbage worm threat, and fertilize. I’m reminded of Carol Deppe’s chapter on “Non Doing” in her (righteous) book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, which counsels the wisdom of doing nothing sometimes. Deppe’s observations parallel Nock’s famous essay, “Snoring as a Fine Art.”
I renew my plea: We need a pit bull ban. These are vicious, dangerous animals, their owners’ ridiculous claims to the contrary notwithstanding. Exhibit A: MSN’s list of the 21 dogs that have attacked the most people. Number One: Pit bulls. 3,397 attacks, 295 human deaths, over the course of the 32-year study. … Read the rest