[Homestead] Snow peas and other stuff
rebas_own at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 13 13:14:04 EST 2008
While checking for windstorm damage this morning, I took some experimental pokes at the newly-cleaned garden bed backed by our garage. Soil is still pretty friable in that bed. It's been used almost exclusively for tomatoes for a number of years now, since it's somewhat protected and gets full sun. The garage wall also reflects a lot of needed heat in our cool summers.
ANYWAY, I'm thinking it might be worth starting some snowpeas under cover in that particular bed. I've been told I could get a late crop of snowpeas in the main garden if I planted by early October. But I don't know if light or cold is the limiting factor for their growth. I'm a little suspicious that it may be light levels, as we can start snowpeas around the end of February in the main garden with no protection at all. Is there a reference book or a website that covers what crops are governed by light levels? I know some plants are pickier than others.
Bev, about that spider bite. Have you tried putting really hot damp compresses on it? I'm very prone to skin infections from scratches and bites. If the injury is in an easily reached place, I soak the area in as hot of water as I can stand (without burning!) for a few minutes, five times a day. Otherwise it's the hot compress. The heat treatment must mimic inflammation, as it seems to kill off whatever bacteria is multiplying in the injury--I haven't had to see a doc to treat a skin infection in ages since I've started using damp heat. We also found out by accident that the heat seems to break up whatever the itch factor is in things like flea bites (doesn't work on mosquito bites though!).
and more other stuff:
I've mentioned George Ure and UrbanSurvival here before--he had some interesting stuff to pass on this morning about market timing and the bailout of GE. The web bots seem to be coming in on target too, what with this being another release period and the market swooping down some more (stay tuned for Dubya, he's giving another speech on the economy in the next hour...).
if you want to visit George:
or his mirror site at IndependenceJournal
-Rebecca in the great Northwest
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