Of course SW Idaho got a heat advisory for 100+ F. heat today but I got out early to finish up the last of the first flower bed. I added some landscape cloth and more mulch so that should help with water retention and weed control. The bad flower bed is even worse than I thought as I’m not only cleaning and dead heading rose bushes, cleaning up weeds and vines but there are trees (I did not plant) trying to grow in the flower bed. I got most of the vegetation hanging over the sidewalk and my lawn cleaned out before it got to hot to work in the direct sun. Thank goodness Mom stopped by and gave me a good excuse to stop work on the beds. 🙂
My idea for the front yard garden beds is to have tulips and irises bloom in Spring, Roses through Summer and then the mums will bloom in Fall for year round growth and color. Adding the landscape cloth and mulch will hopefully cut down on weeds and help the front yard retain water during the summer.
Mom could not stay long as she was shopping and had Ice cream to get home. I gave her some of the “Soil Buster” mix for her front lawn and a “Compost activator” that has a mix of stuff to get a compost pile started and super charged to break down organic matter. This product helped get my compost pile going but I think the best thing I did this year is add a lot more water to my compost pile as it is breaking down at least 4 times faster than any compost heap I have done in the past. I’m doing a better job of mixing/turning my compost pile this year compared to what I did in the past. I’m finding a few real good turning of the compost pile works better than just turning over thinner layers more often. Right now I have a 2 bin set up and I move materials from one bin to another so the old compost gets moved on top of the new compost and then I add grass clippings and straw on top after moving. No bad smells or aromas and after adding water the compost shrinks as it breaks down.
I talked to the neighbor again as we were both working flower beds and it seems that it gets easier for people to stop and chat a bit while taking a little break from weeding and yard work. I won’t say shared misery because improving your yard is great even if it is sweaty, dusty work. It’s a common bond as we are both getting sweaty, covered in dust together while we do our individual yard work. I think folks outside of urban areas of the USA are freindly and will say hello/Wave at neighbors the also respect people’s privacy and don’t want to intrude on people. So sharing working on flower beds, giving away plants or sharing some cookies without intruding seems to work best for me. If some one does not want cookies it might be they are diabetic and don’t want the temptation around themselves. Don’t take it it the wrong way. Of course they may also be paranoid assholes that see any open hand as a someone wanting to slap them. Always best to what your neighbors are like before the SHTF but give folks the benefit of the doubt as everyone has bad days or they might see an offer of help as them being criticized from last place they lived. We have all dealt with that passive/aggressive person that always offers ways you could better yourself. Rather than the neighbor that has some extra plants or cutting for free if you want them. I’m not saying you need more flowers in your yard. I’m just saying if you want to add this flower to your yard I will give them to you for free. Some people will assume there is some sort of “hook/catch” because the plants are free. The catch is if you don’t want the plants they are going in the trash as I have to many of the plants. No power plays!
I had a neighbor that felt bad about taking some Irises when if I did not give away irises they would go in the trash. I said they could help me a bit of physical labor I can’t do and she was good with that idea. I’m not going to pound on their door and demand they help me with a project! Hey I need a little help with…. can you help me at this time? If they can great if not then I move on. If they can’t ever help me then I have learned something critical about them for the effort of some irises I was already going to dig up. It is a win/win! Most people are generous with their time and efforts if they feel appreciated and get some payback from their giving. I’ll share tools for a job that many people don’t have if they help me use those tools my jobs around the house. Perhaps I will loose a tool like I had my wagon stolen, but isn’t better to learn the character of your neighbors now rather than when things really go bad? I hope any one that has stolen from their neighbors feels bad and all your rationalizations won’t make what you did a “good thing”. I have a better wagon now for my garden so I win. I can’t imagine stealing stuff from a disabled vet is a good thing in anyone’s book. You win I guess though I don’t know what you have won other than a 15 year old wagon bought at Big lots that I was already thinking about replacing. Before you get all high and mighty claiming theft is okay because I was thinking of getting a new wagon You took away my choice of donating the wagon to someone that needed it. You took away my choice of choosing when to buy a new wagon. You are not the good guy here. You stole from a disabled vet and I really hope it bothers you. Even if I was rich, theft is wrong and there is no excuse to make it right.
I suppose that always gets me is a person with the newest Apple laptop $2500+ and Iphone ($500-$1500) claims the are a oppressed by Patriarchy or White people that work at jobs and voted for Trump Paying going to colleges that cost $30-80 grand per year and now every American taxpayer must pay for your college debt! You are not gonna get a lot of sympathy from the folks that went to work out of high school or went to tech school and now face higher taxes for some idiot that can’t pay of a gender studies degree. I would declare a moratorium on all new student loans via the government. I’d declare a moratorium on all interest that is accrued on all student loan debt. The US government is out of the Student loan business but they can still give out PELL grants and GI/Veteran loans. The Colleges and Universities must put up 50% of all endowments as collateral for student loans. All student loans will be done via US charter/TBTF US banks and fully dischargeable via Bankruptcy 5-7 years after leaving University. Colleges and Universities are the first to be hit for paying of the losses of the bad loan. Students next in line for the bad loan , the bank that offer the loan and the US/taxpayer last government last.
I’m old 55 years and I had a 135 IQ test when in the 3rd grade. I had another IQ test done when in 10th grade and it was down to 116 and the teachers said that was normal! If you lose IQ points the longer you stay in the education system. What that tell you as a parent. I did gain some those ” IQ” points back after joining the US Army in my 20’s. I don’t think I’m the smartest person. I read about many that are much smarter than me on the Internet and many people IRL are smarter than me on some subjects. But I’m not a dum-dum and do theory and real life stuff all the time.
There is a story in the media going around that Idaho Power will make a battery bank faciality that could power 13,000 for 4 hours and it is a good thing. Oh the battery banks can recharge in 4 hours. Not until the sun rises. You might not have noticed most of Idaho is at the 45th parallel and does not get any where close to full sun for 10 hours at best in the state in winter. California is destroying dams in the north pat of the state to save fish and to hell with farmers or even average homeowners. I’m a conservationist and I think having big fish runs is a good thing. I also like having power and irrigation for farmers that grow food. Rather than destroying dams could we focus on ways to help the fish migrate? Most scientists say destroying the dams might increase fish populations.
California is under a Heat wave advisory and they want to take out 3 dams in Northern CA. They are telling people not to plug in EV cars at home do power restriction. California has not built a dam or power plant of any sort since the 1970’s yet the population has tripled in that time. California always bought power from outlying states but they are dealing with the heat and drought and have no energy to sell. I’m a conservationist not an Environmentalist! I thinks solar energy could work on a small scale/co-op sort of situation. It will never work at an industrial scale. You literally need high quality coal to make steel as well as High heat, high energy foundries to make steel. That requires burning coal, LNG or oil products.
I think solar energy has potential at a residential level of folks making an energy co-op at the local level. All agree to get lot energy appliances, all agree to limit electric use after the sun goes down and the pay off is low power bills. I’m for that sort of thing. There was a town that was hit hard by a tornado in the Midwest called Greenburg that got a lot of celebrities and US gov. focus for going green. I have not heard anything in the last year or two how things are going. I’d love for these people to a success going green and getting off the government and utility teat. Since I have not heard anything I’m guessing thing are going less than well.
The Powers That Be (PTB) don’t want you independent. They want you to eat the approved food, take the approved medicine, go to the approved school ,and watch the approved media. What if you just did not do what the PTBs said and live your life as you want? It’s a crazy Idea and perhaps dangerous but it is your life to live and no one else.