Well, not much to post about the garden today. For after 10 hour days of manual labor over the weekend, I'm doing 12+ hour days at work again. No end in sight until maybe December for me, and I still have 2 weeks vacation to use, hehe.
But what I did want to share was that we had a fall storm pass through, looking very winterish today. It was thunder storms with pea sized hail passing through. We had it for a brief time in downtown Seattle, and my wife missed being hit by ligthning in her car by a quarter mile (she saw it in her rear view mirror). Shaken up a bit, but all was ok. Though after a bad storm like that, I was worried when I raced home (at 8pm) to find that my hoop covers were none the worse for wear. I half expected them to be torn to shreds by hail. Not sure if we got it here or not, but if we did, hey held up admirably. And the wind, though nowhere near as bad as we get in the fall, didn't dislodge much of anything. Very promising.
I'm thinking of watering every three days for now. I'm not used to having to water much, especially in the wet fall and winter months, but seeing as how the covers are on, I'll have to water in the pooring rain. Unless I want to take the time to uncover them and let the freezing rain do it for me, then re-cover it. I think I'll garden with an umbrella or baseball cap instead, hehe.
Another thing I was thinking about today (just cause I can't garden doesn't mean I don't think about it), was to do a test to see how much warmer it is inside my hoop covers. I've got two remote temp gauges for my radio controlled weather gauge. I could put the one from my kids room inside one of my hoop covers and compare it to the one right outside in the garden. Interesting test. Maybe I'll do that after I water.
Lastly, I saw an advertisement for 40 acre parcels for $30k over in Eastern Washington. Heck, I could afford that. So I called my brother up and mentioned it to him, since he's the one that dreams of being a real homesteader. I'm just moving toward being an urban one. hehe. Well, it seems that this place isn't new. They've been trying to offload these parcels for over a year with little success. Seems an old rancher or two died and thier kids didn't want the ranch, so they subdivided them into 40 acre parcels to sell off. It's cool that apparently rural communities have crafted laws to promote homesteading rather than businesses building condos and single family subdivisions. Could you just see multiple families buying a huge ranch out and creating a homesteading community? Sounds pretty cool to me. And I like that it's less than 3 hours from Seattle and gets 300 days of sun a year (pretty cold in the winters though, ask Granny, she's relatively close and heads to Arizona about this time every year), hehe.
One can dream...
Enjoy your garden