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Friday April 25th 2014  Tim Candler


     Rain did good things to soil, kind of fluffed it up and set the ground work for weed seeds, who by tomorrow will start poking their dainty little heads toward the sun. The deranged offspring of Morning Glory, which never seem able to to run true, but if you're lucky they're sometimes a little bit blue, have already seen their opportunity. Why anybody plants Morning Glory in a Vegetable Garden defeats me, yet every year there is a day or two when a gardener totally loses his mind in a hardware store, and next thing he's fumbling around for a $1.99 plus tax, and there's a packet of Morning Glory Seeds in a larger plastic thank you bag, and he's sort of grinning like a mental patient.

     This time of year too, following a long dry spell that begins to feel like drought, soil that has been dug over brings clay to the surface. Then when a gardener does a little watering the clay gets all excited about pottery, sucks up the water, becomes like a skim of orange brown milk, the ancients would have recognized as terra sig, and eight hours of hot sun bakes it into a very hard crust, which no genteel seed will ever see a way through. This can be incredibly depressing, heart breaking even. And you have to think it a plot by somewhere like Canada to sell peat moss or a plot by Coconut plantations to get Gardeners who are still hunting down humus from their compost piles to become addicted to Coir.  Got to say, when it comes to beating up on clay, Coir is a great deal more lasting than Peat Moss.



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