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Comment by hannah j on May 26, 2011 at 11:17pm
i might have fucked it up,  i thought bad thoughts,
Comment by BO on May 26, 2011 at 11:27pm

Thanks, Hannah. I needed that.

But, you know the first rule of sociopathy, don't you?

Sociopaths have no idea that they are sociopaths. So, the fuckers will always blame the un-fuckers. And that really is the fucked part.

Comment by hannah j on May 28, 2011 at 7:58am
we do, too!  maybe at the end of the summer!
Comment by hannah j on May 30, 2011 at 2:15pm
Comment by waldopaper on May 30, 2011 at 10:29pm

I usually write something on Memorial Day... usually about the whack-ass military culture in the US... but y'all already know that shit- so not that.  There are these really curious crawly-weeds that seem to shoot creepers horizontally underground and poke their heads up in opportune places and grow really big really fast.  It's really hard to pluck the heads... they're mushy and you can't get to any of the root structure at all.  If you get the tall heads when the ground is wet, you can zonk out a lot of the root structure... and they don't seem to come back again as big or as fast.  In the raised plot with the soft soil they are going ape-shit.  pokin they heads up all the time everywhere, 

Mighty tempted to work a metaphor here, but won't.  The mental state of most USAns should be obvious enough to anybody.  They still believe "elections" are real, and they still believe some sort of "political process" exists.  "Politics" can be loosely defined as "power of the people," and when they are clueless and blind, it's pretty easy to chop them up into manageable segments... because boiled down, the "strength of numbers" is really the only power "the people" have ever had. 

It's dark outside now, so i aint gonna be layin no flowers on no graves like i sometimes do on Memorial Day.  More interested in them crawly-weeds... and how you deal with them without squirting em with chemicals.  Surely folk have dealt with these critters before we had a rat-bag of Roundup.  Of course, they aint "weeds" at all, and surely they can serve some useful purpose (to us monkeys).  TYhe altes volk and grandma and grandpa and mom and dad will still be there.  Maybe they is the crawly weeds by now.  So i really oughta figger out ther nature instead o pluckin they young heads... which i already figgered out as a teacher don't work worth a pinch o shit.  

Thoughts on Memorial Day...  


Comment by hannah j on May 30, 2011 at 10:50pm

i just keep picking weeds, easier when the get a little girth to them, if they are just sprouting from seeds i just use my hand to disturb the soil. i rarely use a trowel or a claw thing, i like to get my hands in the ground. i don't use any herbicides, and the only think i would be tempted to use on aphids would be a soap and oil mix.  mostly i just use my fingers, though i be a vegetarian mostly, to smear the suckers to smithereens, and wash them off.  a friend of mine believes in deep mulch, and i would to but i don't have much this year.  it does keep weeds from getting much daylight, and they die.  i have some weed barrier cloth that does work too if you are organized enough to use it.  this year i am not.  maybe next year.  i am hoping our partner in crime here will be able to keep up with the garden, but she has one hand which doesn't work as well as it used to, so i am prepared for some massive weeds and veggies when we get back from my father's wake type thing (in the afternoon with a bunch of old straight guys)  - if anyone wants to come and graze, feel free. 

my facebook garden album


Comment by hannah j on May 30, 2011 at 11:40pm

Tools of the trade: Sugar, vodka, milk, garlic, mango, rice … Carandang uses these and other everyday ingredients to cultivate microorganisms in solutions that can be diluted and sprayed on compost piles to speed fermentation, or on plants to improve nutrient uptake or fight disease. The vodka shown here was used to make fermented plant extracts, which were covered in the California workshop, but not in this article.

Comment by waldopaper on June 1, 2011 at 4:14pm
I believe it's Canada Thistle and them crawly things is rhizomes.  Nasty stuff invading the tuber plot.
Comment by hannah j on June 1, 2011 at 4:47pm

So, to try my hypothesis, I went ahead and sheared the thistles at about 6 inches above the ground - to make sure they would grow again - and laid the shearings over as a thick thistle mulch. On top of it came some chicken manure, along with a sprinkling of seaweed - also free from the local beach - to hasten decay. Seaweed is great for that.

We followed the same procedure several times that year, as the thistles soon grew through the mulch to their accustomed stately height. In late fall, and again in early spring, I rototilled the whole thing into the ground. The next year, the thistles came up a lot thinner, and much sparser. Nevertheless, we followed the same procedure again, letting them grow to their full height, and as we had done in the previous year, making sure to shear them before they could make seeds. Rototilling in late fall and early spring then returned all that mass of beautiful organic material into the soil.

There were hardly any thistles in the third year, and none at all in the fourth year - and every since. We had defeated the undefeatable thistle with itself, and in the process had turned barren subsoil into rich and beautifully fertile topsoil.
Comment by hannah j on June 1, 2011 at 4:53pm

i just found that and it looked interesting

the last time i dealt with thistles, i used something that was supposed to be innocuous.  that was in wa state


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