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  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 30-June 5, 2020

    05/30/2020 9:47:33 AM PDT · 26 of 65
    Augie to Bob434
    can’t wait for a toasted tomato sandwhich, mayo, salt loads of pepper-

    BLT season is my favorite time of the year. Mine are getting a late start due to the cold wet weather earilier in the month.

    I don't expect to pick a tomato before the 4th of July.

    I should probably start stocking up on bacon now. Just in case.

  • Line Of White Women Formed A Barrier Between Black Protestors And The Police (Photos + Video)

    05/30/2020 6:49:59 AM PDT · 7 of 47
    Augie to Common Sense 101

    Dey be back at da crib cookin up some schnitzengrubens.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 30-June 5, 2020

    05/30/2020 6:46:35 AM PDT · 9 of 65
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    We got another couple or three inches of rain here in Central Missouri this past week. The ground in most places is completely saturated. The Missouri River came up 12’ over the last five days at Jefferson City.

    My garden drains nicely, however, so I should be able to get the rest of my tomato plants in the dirt this weekend. Also have pepper plants that need to go in.

    Been eating fresh green salad for the last couple weeks. The collards and other stuff I sowed a few weeks ago are mostly up and starting to look like something. Cukes may have to be reseeded. I’ll give them a couple more days before I decide on that.

  • Protesters Enter Minneapolis Police Station, Set Fires

    05/29/2020 6:54:21 AM PDT · 127 of 182
    Augie to Reno89519
    They should have been shot. Where is the national guard?!

    It's a police station for crying out loud. The GD police should defend it themselves.

    I'm pretty sure they have guns.

  • Company says it will no longer make Evinrude outboard boat engines, citing impact from coronavirus

    05/28/2020 12:40:18 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    Augie to PhilSC
    Can’t compete with Yamaha and Suzuki.

    PFFT!!! That is utterly ridiculous. The Evinrude ETEC is the most technologically advanced line of outboard engines in existence. The motor scooter brands (and black anchor Mercury, for that matter) can't begin to compete with the ETEC in terms of performance/weight.

    The issue here is Bain Capitol sucking all of the cash out of BRP. Hopefully some other corporate interest will come along and make BRP an offer they can't refuse.

  • BRP Discontinues Evinrude Outboard Engines, Signs Agreement with Mercury Marine

    05/27/2020 8:00:32 PM PDT · 13 of 31
    Augie to ProtectOurFreedom

    Yep. It is disgusting. I’ve run Evinrude outboards for 30 years and this makes me want to puke.

    I’m really glad the engine on my current boat doesn’t have a lot of hours on it. I take good care of it, and will take extra good care of it from here on out. The way I baby that thing it ought to last as long as I do.

    If it ever does blow up one thing is certain - I won’t be replacing it with one of those pos black anchor Mercury engines. I’d buy a stinking Tohatsu before I’d buy a Mercury.

  • BRP Discontinues Evinrude Outboard Engines, Signs Agreement with Mercury Marine

    05/27/2020 7:10:17 PM PDT · 1 of 31
    Evinrude killed by BRP and covid19.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 23-29, 2020

    05/26/2020 7:11:15 AM PDT · 109 of 124
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    The weather guessers took a big swing and miss over the Memorial Day weekend here in Central Missouri. They were calling for thunderstorms pretty much the entire weekend. We got a little sprinkle on Sunday, then an evening deluge that lasted about 30 minutes yesterday. Aside from that, it was mostly clear and hot all weekend.

    I went fishing all day Saturday, and took Mrs. Augie and one of her girlfriends boat riding on the Gasconade River on Sunday. Mrs. Augie and I went to the local nursery and picked up some pepper plants yesterday. Spent several hours working in the garden after we got home from the nursery.

    I got a dozen of the tomato plants transferred from their pots into the ground. I took them out of the starter cells and put them in gallon pots right after I bought them the first week of May. The ground was too cold and wet to set them out until a few days ago. They filled the pots with roots and I stuck them neck-deep in the dirt so they ought to take off like crazy now. I need to buy some straw bales and put the cages up, and I have eight more that need to be planted.

    Still need to transplant the peppers, but the ground will need to dry out for a day or two before I can do that.

    The cucumbers are starting to pop up finally. They didn’t like the cold and wet that came right after I planted them. The butternut and turk’s turban were planted on hills the same day the cuke seeds went in - they popped right up and are looking good.

  • US billionaires have grown $434 billion richer during the pandemic

    05/21/2020 7:57:58 PM PDT · 16 of 77
    Augie to FreedomVsControl

    Go back to DU.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/17/2020 8:09:05 AM PDT · 42 of 74
    Augie to Pollard
    Maybe make a raised bed and heat treat the soil to kill the weed seeds before I plant the greens mix?

    Playing the long game here... get your raised beds built, then cover them with visqueen - the heavy clear stuff. Leave it on all summer. The weed seeds will germinate, then the sunshine will roast the baby weeds. Next season you'll have a lot less weed problems.

    If you have the space/budget/energy to do it build enough beds to keep one or two under plastic each growing season.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/16/2020 12:37:58 PM PDT · 34 of 74
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    Lots of rain, not much sunshine here in Central Missouri this week.

    Before the last rain came I managed to get over the sunflower field with the mower, and made one pass on it with Nanner and the tiller. Last year was so wet I wasn’t able to get in planted. It’s supposed to dry up here over the next couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to hit it soon with the tiller and get some seed on the ground.

    Need to get my tomato plants out of their pots and into the dirt, but it’s still too wet for that.

    Mother Nature can be a grumpy old hag...

  • Weekly Garden Thread May 9-15, 2020

    05/12/2020 1:40:54 PM PDT · 114 of 170
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    Walleye is good stuff. Not many places near me where they can be caught consistently. I’m going to buy a dozen or so from the hatchery in the fall and toss them in my pond.

  • Weekly Garden Thread May 9-15, 2020

    05/10/2020 5:47:13 AM PDT · 46 of 170
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    It’s been cool here in Central Missouri over the past week. Cool enough there was a bit of frost in some of the low-lying areas a couple nights ago. I moved my tomato plants into the potting shed for that.

    Planted two varieties of cucumber seed on Friday, and tossed some dill seed on the ground in a corner of the garden. I usually have plenty of volunteer dill, but it invariably comes up in a place that I want to plant something else and winds up getting plowed under.

    We pulled the cannas and elephant ears out of storage and have been sticking roots in the ground all over the place. I put ten or a dozen cannas on the pond dam. I want to put some iris out there too, but I need to wait until they’ve finished blooming to move them.

    The new rhubarb looks good a week after being shoved into the dirt. I’ve not had good luck getting potted rhubarb to survive, so this time I used some rooting hormone. It’s still too soon to know for sure if it’s going to go, but it looks good so far.

    Mrs. Augie and I were supposed to be on the beach in sunny Florida right now, but the covid panic wrecked that, so we’re having a nice stay-cation here instead. We’ve taken the boat out on the Missouri River a couple times, and caught a nice mess of bluegills out of a neighbor’s farm pond. Might go boating again today. Waiting to see if it’s going to warm up enough for it to be comfortable on the water...

  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 2-8, 2020

    05/04/2020 10:30:14 AM PDT · 44 of 90
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    Mostly nice weather over the past week here in Central Missouri.

    Mrs. Augie and I stopped by the local nursery on Thursday. It was packed, and picked-over. I brought home 20 tomato plants and one rhubarb for the garden. Mrs. Augie picked up a few potherbs, and a couple ornamentals for her flower bed in front of the house.

    It’s just a bit early to put tomatoes in the ground here, so I re-potted them into gallon containers. They should have plenty of roots out when it’s time to stick them in the dirt. I picked a spot for the rhubarb and in it went. Sowed two rows of kale, and one row each of beets, collards, carrots, chard, and radishes.

    Mrs. Augie planted several varieties of squash seed, and I set up two cattle panels for her cucumber fence. Thought I might get the cuke seeds planted today, but it’s raining so that will have to wait.

    Still need to buy some pepper plants. Might try to get that done after work today.

  • Weekly Garden Thread April 25- May 1, 2020

    04/25/2020 10:05:57 AM PDT · 33 of 156
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    Lots of rain here in Central Missouri overnight. It’s mostly past us now and beginning to clear.

    Too muddy to work in the garden so I’m going to take Mrs. Augie to the woods to look for morels.

  • Pork Shortages To Strike America In Two Weeks

    04/24/2020 6:23:26 AM PDT · 151 of 166
    Augie to Tilted Irish Kilt

    I’ve always felt fortunate to have been raised on a farm in fly-over country.

    I don’t make my living from farming, but I’m close to many people that do. I have ~350lbs of neighbor-raised beef in the freezer, and a fresh hog/goat/sheep is only a phone call away.

    I have a never-ending supply of fresh eggs from the flock of hens that live in my yard. There are fish in the rivers and deer in the woods.

    If Tyson and Smithfield went out of business tomorrow the effect on my life would be zero.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 18-24, 2020

    04/22/2020 11:10:56 AM PDT · 87 of 99
    Augie to Califreak

    I watched every one of those videos.

    That guy has way too much time on his hands. lol

    Those modular concrete wall sections are cool, though.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 18-24, 2020

    04/20/2020 8:40:52 AM PDT · 65 of 99
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin
    Turned out it actually wasn't too wet to get the tiller on the garden.

    After cleaning up all of the worn out weed barrier fabric my bones said no to the 5hp Craftsman tiller.

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    As I was backing up to get ready for the third pass I noticed something moving on the ground. I tilled up a baby western painted turtle on the previous pass. We admired the little guy for a few minutes then turned him loose in the pond.

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    We set all of the bedding plants that Mrs. Augie bought on Saturday. Cabbages went in the ground, and the rest of it went into pots.

    I've come to grips with the fact that I'm not going to get this garden converted to raised beds this spring, so it will be business as usual for another year. I've been struggling to make a decision on how to construct the beds. I want something that will last, and not break the bank to build. The more I think about it the more I'm liking the idea of using poured concrete. That would be a one and done deal.

  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 18-24, 2020

    04/18/2020 9:18:00 AM PDT · 25 of 99
    Augie to Diana in Wisconsin

    We’ve been suffering through a bit of a cold snap here in Central Missouri this past week. We’ve had near freezing temps every night, and several that have fallen below freezing. It’s delaying the morels popping and wrecking the fishing - very annoying!

    Mrs. Augie is picking up some bedding plants at the local nursery this morning. The garden is still too wet to get the tiller on it, but that won’t be a hindrance for this stuff.

    Following last year’s bumper crop my drupes have decided to take this year off. None of them even tried to bloom. Just as well, as the blossoms would have been frozen anyway. The pears are blooming nicely, and probably far enough along that they won’t be affected by the cold nights. The apples are loaded with buds that are just starting to open. Jury is still out on frost damage to those, but the temps haven’t dropped below 28°F so I think they will be ok.

    It’s looking like most of my landscape plantings around the pond made it through the winter in good shape. The bald cypress and pawpaws are leafing out nicely, and there’s a ton of new growth on the red lobelias. The buttonbush is just starting to show some bud swell. It’s too early yet to know if the milkweeds made it.

  • “We’re Prepared for Just About Anything That Comes” (Prepper)

    04/15/2020 10:37:24 AM PDT · 65 of 66
    Augie to Paved Paradise
    What a bragger.

    Everything is bigger in Texico, including the egos.