Saturday, September 12, 2015

Planting greens in the fall

Turnip, collard and mustard greens are my favorite cool-weather crop, although I've always wondered why they weren't more prolific like in our friends' garden. Well, duh to me, greens need more cool weather, so this year I'll plant them in September, as suggested by my county's Master Gardeners (zone 9). Planting in February does not allow enough cool weather for a good crop.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A quaint post office

I thought I'd post this while there are such things as post offices.
Dutzow's post office, like the small town it serves, is a charmer.

Dutzow is situated along the Katy Trail in the wine country of Missouri. One of the oldest German communities in Missouri, Dutzow is named for an estate in Germany along the Baltic Sea.

My husband and I went through Dutzow on the way to my niece's wedding, where the reception was out of this world. Kudos to Louis P. Balducci Vineyards in Augusta, Mo. Oh, and that's my sister's winery. Balducci's is definitely worth a visit. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome to Weather Nerdsville

I'll admit right here on Quirky Cultivator that my husband and I have a nifty little weather station that transmits data from the top of a 15-foot pole. 

A few months ago I had a day of great drama as I monitored 5.84 inches of badly needed rain via a nerdly home weather station. I am willing to admit that my husband and I like to know exact measures of rainfall, temperature, humidity, dewpoint, barometric pressure (whatever that is), wind and other weather data vital to everyday life.

Sample text messages from today:
Husband: Boy is it raining down there!! Here too. Could barely see to drive to work!!!
Me: Like crazy. 4.3 inches since midnight!!! This is crazy!
Me: 5 in.
Me: Topped out at 5.84
Husband: 5.84 since midnight??? Wow!!!
Me: Indeed. Just suckered tomatoes and sprinkled diatomaceous earth. We got almost 6 in. of rain this morn.
Husband: Gee! That will help our rainfall deficit!! I bet ur garden really likes it. Also bet the gutters were really gutting!!!
Me: And the trenches were trenching. No patio flooding so good work on those trenches!

... and so on and so forth, with drastic overuse of exclamation points. What can I say? We're weather nerds.

Are you a weather nerd? Weather Channel addict? Please leave me a comment below!!!