Okay, you may think we’re nuts, with all the snow and cold we’ve been experiencing. But to do a good job, we’ve got lots to think about. With six big gardens, growing several different varieties of squash, melons, and corn is tricky. You have to plan well to avoid crossing these varieties. Corn is pollinated by the wind. So, we’ve got to make sure the wind can’t blow pollen from one garden’s corn to another. We also plant very early corns with quite late corns, giving them two or three weeks between pollination times. Then you have the insect pollinated varieties of squash and melons. Maybe the wind can’t blow from one garden to another, but we have to figure out how far pollinators will fly. Such “tricks” as having plenty of flowers in each garden, including “real” flowers which usually grace flower beds, will hold pollinators in one garden until they get their fill. Even then, we make sure there’s also a barrier, such as a heavily wooded area plus great distances between gardens growing the same species of crop. Then, we have to figure out just how much of a certain crop we really need, what has to be started indoors and how much can be direct seeded. It becomes a real period of study, for sure!
We are puzzled at the behavior of Sarge, our Mastiff puppy. For some reason, sometimes he refuses to walk through the entryway, like it was covered with rattlesnakes. Then he’ll just walk through, as if there was nothing wrong. We joke and say sometimes there are ghosts there and we just can’t see them. Now, this 80 pound “puppy” has never been hurt there and Hondo walks through calmly. Tonight, Will took half an hour, walking a few inches ahead of him, then stopping until Sarge caught up. Finally, Sarge took a hop and trotted into the living room. But when I came upstairs to blog, he walked to the front door and is now there, whining, trying to get up enough courage to go back to the living room. I sure hope he grows out of that! Hondo thinks it’s funny. They will play for a long time. Then, when Hondo is tired of it, he’ll just back up past the “danger zone” and sit down. You can just about hear him say “Suck it up, Buttercup!”