Gardening is Not for the Faint-hearted


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I'm moving to a new location on my job - a trailer. I'm actually excited about being outside and away for a while, but at the present I'm envious of those indoors with power. No power = No air conditioning! My dad and his entourage came over to try and install some shelves. They put a couple of them up and called it a day, after about only 30 minutes of work. It was that hot.

I went back home and discovered that it was a little cooler outdoors than it felt in the trailer, so I decided to put a few moments in of garden maintenance. Since I had been gone last week, some grass crept into my garden plot and the tomato plants grew up so much that they needed to be staked. I staked three tomato plants on Saturday and I planned on staking a few more on today.

I don't know who started that rumor about people of color not needing sunblock because that's really not true. I sprayed myself down with some Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion and then applied another layer of Off! Smooth & Dry Insect Repellent. I put on my scarf and straw hat, grabbed my hoe, my tomato cages and I was ready to tend to my garden.

I tried my best not to disturb the bees. I do want them to keep doing their job. I began first by pulling up grass and chopping with my hoe (Hey, there's probably some strength training in that!). I staked up a few plants when I noticed a few things about my squash and zucchini plants. One, I noticed that I had another zucchini ready to be picked. Two, I noticed that something is killing the other squash and zucchini fruit. The leaves on the plants are growing wonderfully, but it almost looks like a fungus is attacking their produce.

I went back inside to get my Seven Dust and sprinkled it on all of my plants. Then I called my mom. She suggested that I call the Cooperative Extension Agency and ask if there is something I could do to save my squash and zucchini plants OR should I chop them down and treat the soil in that area so it doesn't affect the rest of my crop. Those precious cucumber plants are doing too well to be eaten up by some culprit. Can I get at least one tossed salad this summer?

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