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Smut and Hail September 6, 2013

Posted by Retired Geezer in Food, Gardening.
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Just killing time until Geoff posts something important.

Yesterday we had the worst hailstorm in the past 12 years, it pretty much flattened the garden. All the leaves were blasted off the plants, exposing the zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

gardenhail1

The pumpkins aren’t ripe yet, they are usually harvested around Halloween, (go figure). We can eat the zucchini and feed the rest to the livestock, so not a total loss.

gardenhail2

Now for the Smut. It’s Safe For Work.

Corn is usually irrigated at the root level. If you irrigate it with sprinklers, the water collects in the wrong places and causes mutant scary things to happen to the ears of corn.

smutcorn

Also, the answer to the Corn Quiz is: Each stalk of (inferior Idaho) corn usually only produces 1 ear. Occasionally 2 ears will be produced.

Behold!

2corn

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1. daveintexas - September 6, 2013

Well dang.

Just had a new roof put on here from the storm in May.

2. skinbad - September 6, 2013

We’ve had some fantastic thunder and lightning shows the last couple of weeks, but the hail has missed us (knock on Formica).

3. Retired Geezer - September 6, 2013

Mrs. Geezer just got back from an errand and reported on various damage she had seen. While we were talking in the driveway, she said “Look at the shutters!”.
Yep, they were broken and so were the VentShade ™ thingys on her truck.

4. geoff - September 6, 2013

Thanks for getting some posts up, RG. Why, for the last couple of days it’s almost been like a group blog.

It would be soooo great if everybody would keep at it.

5. Retired Geezer - September 8, 2013

Here’s what my Mormon cousin had to say about this:

there you go again – it is climate change, pure and simple. I can see the damage to the vegetables, but did it cause the wrinkles on the lady’s hand in the third picture also? wow.

If I have not told you before, let me briefly share this bit of Catholic history, that most Catholics are unaware of. They were in Bethlehem, just prior to the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary together in the stable. Climate change was as much on the peoples’ mind then as it is today, so much so, that Pilot forbade the burning of open fires on smoggy days. Well, as it happened, as they were gathered in the stable, some of that unexpected white pecipitation fell from the sky, surprising Mary. She turned to Joseph in wondering awe: “Snow, Joseph”? she asked – Hail Mary, he answered, being a man of few words. This was the first “Hail Mary” ever spoken – and you all know the rest of the story…..

6. lauraw - September 9, 2013
7. Retired Geezer - September 9, 2013

Wow. I’m stunned.
People eat some weird shit caca so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

Thanks Lauraw for finding those links.

Too bad Bud the Neighbor plowed that cornfield yesterday, we coulda been rich.


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