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Hope you are all well. It is 2.00am over here. I've been up watching late night TV so thought i would let you know how things are over here in Sunny Sussex. Tommorrow is last day of July and so far wew have had 4mm of rain in a month. I am watering very evening just trying to keep my garden from turning into a desert. My good lady has gone to my daughter's for a week so me and the dog are captain and crew. Not sure which is which. I have been given a list of jobs I aught to be doing. Bet I end up trying to get them all done on the day before she comes home.
My stick beans are cropping but that is due to my water. The ground is like a dust bowl in the raised beds and like concrete everywhere else.Trouble is this is when I plant a lot of my flower seeds for next year.I watch the plants, when they set seeds that's when I plant mine. I've got hollyhocks, sweet williams, campanulas and wall flowers all growing ready for a great show next year.That's a tip for you neeebie gardeners. Sow flower seeds when the flowers set seeds and prune your shrubs after they have finished flowering.
Hope you are all doing great good morning
Sussexman

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You should prolly be watering

You should prolly be watering every other day and also in the mornings. If you can, mulch with something like a salt marsh hay. It will greatly reduce the amount you need to water. I have only been watering my veggies once a week durring this heatwave+drought due to a thick layer of it! The leaves still look like tablecloths hanging from the sun+heat, but they pop back within an hour of shade as the sun sets.

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Mine too look terrible at the

Mine too look terrible at the end of the day, but roar back to life after the sun begins to set. However, they have not produced as well, and I have had a time with the vine borers!

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yea, I lost two of my black

yea, I lost two of my black beautys from the borers. 1st run in with them. Very sad.

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Grasshoppers at it again!

They have stripped the leaves from my potato and pie pumpkin plants,,,,glad I put out more bird feed to attract more birds to eat the grasshoppers, but will have to spray the garden again anyway. :(

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Mornin' Sussex

How's captain and crew doing today?

Our weather finally smoothed out into something more traditional ... one arm is longer than the other from carrying water! :)

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Evening All...11.55pm Wednesday.

Captain and crew are still surviving, just.
Today, Wednesday we have had our first rain, 2 ins in a 4 hour thunderstorm. Me and the Captain stayed indoors ( he don't like the noise) The garden looks a different world after the rain and the smell of fresh air is fantastic. Still back to normal tomorrow, sunny and dry, still must be grateful for this bit of water. Some folk nearby got flooded by the rain, bur I'm on high ground so don't get hit by floods.
Red they invented a piece of kit to stop getting one arm longer that t'other. Called a hosepipe. Or don't they get them where you be? Ever thought of a water cart. It is like a wheel barrow but with 2 wheels at front and a barrel for the water. Then you just wheel it where you want the water and pump or syphon it out.
By the way Larry what's a pumkin pie plant? Do the fruit come with pastry tops?
Sussexman
Better to split the load between the 2 arms. Even better to get someone else to carry it instead.

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Pie Pumpkin,,,,

Pumpkins especially meant for making Pies out of, but not so good for making Jack-O-Lanterns. :)

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I too lug water, mainly

I too lug water, mainly because I catch my ac water in buckets on the side of the house. Of course me flower pots are at the front of the house. So, on a daily basis I haul it around front. But it's free water and surprisingly goes a long way. I get close to 5 gallons a day and it's perfect for all my herbs and flowers that are in pots. Nice way to recycle.

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Nope

No fancy stuff in these here parts ;)

Besides, gotta equal out the other arm that got too long!!! :)

Glad to hear you and Chance are holding your own, but don't forget to practice the pitiful look before the weekend ;)

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I need get my rain bucket poured out!

I keep forgetting to water with them.

Got a good bunch of rain on my forecast week after next, it my feel down right cold for the time of year then too!,,,But the weather will be completely appreciated whatever we get! :)

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Good Morning All! We are in

Good Morning All!

We are in for some hot weather this week, today predicted to be 94. Already muggy, yuk! May get a thunderstorm though and we need one!

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Clouds Are My Friends

They've kept the pain to a minimum and I'm grateful!

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My clouds, at least last few days,

have been rain clouds!

They've been doing a number on the grasshoppers again! :)

The garden and trees love the rain water too, hasn't been much, but enough! :)

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Glad To Hear ...

... That you're winning the grasshopper fight!

We might get rain tomorrow Thursday. The wind switched to N, NE, but even so, today will be really hot ... hopefully tomorrow we'll get relief ... STILL BETTER THAN JULY!!
* yikes *

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Not sure I'd call it winning,

at least not yet, there's still plenty of time for waves of swarms of grasshoppers from farther away to invade, but for now I'm keeping up with them! :)

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Settle For ...

... winning the day's battle? The war is yet to be seen??

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I guess,

but I hope you were right that I'm winning!

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Rain and a little thunder

Rain and a little thunder bumper this evening, Nice! We really needed it to rain for hours as it's really dry here. More predicted for the weekend but for what ever reason it always the storms slip right by us.

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I Watched ...

... on the computer, 3 heavy storms heading right for us, only to "disappear" or split as it got to the Delaware River and our big hills! Popup storms aren't dependable since they can just pop-back-down.

Very disappointing. But the storms upcoming should be better.

Hang tight!

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Rain

It's the rainy season in Miami. My first batch of seedlings drowned. I have a batch of 12 seeds planted of one variety, 5 germinated, looks like one survived. I hope the next batch does better.

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Good Luck Garf

Gives "raised beds" a new meaning. And lots of sand for drainage.

Try, try, again. :)

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Still no rain, we're as dry

Still no rain, we're as dry as the Sahara Desert.

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But Cooler Though?

With some cloud relief I hope??

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Heck no, we're setting

Heck no, we're setting records here on the dang heat, although I don't think it's been quite as humid. Garden is down to tomatoes and peppers, but hey I'll take them!

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Wow

Record heat, wow. Less humid helps. And yup, many fine recipes with tomato and peppers!

Wouldn't ya know it, it got cloudy, but so what? It's been doing that with no rain anyway!

So what do I do? Hang the laundry ... an hour later ... RAIN.

**geez**

And then it stops!! The weather map shows more on the way, so into the dryer they go.

You know that ol' saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

*sigh*

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My electric bill set a record

My electric bill set a record last month, I'm afraid to see what it will be this month. We were in the 90's again today and it was humid( wouldn't you know it would be since I just said I didn't think it has been)

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