Post by 12540dumont on Sept 8, 2020 22:23:16 GMT -5
Well PG&E left us high and dry in Plumas County with no power.
Smoke is fearsome at my farm. They evacuated within a block of us. For a couple of nights it was so so scary. We were packed and ready to go. Then it was 104-111 for days. I had to water day and night.
Next the deer and wild pigs came down out of hills.
Salvaging tomatoes, basil, peppers. They got the watermelons and most of the grapes.
Post by prairiegardens on Sept 9, 2020 19:53:37 GMT -5
I am so very very sorry to hear of all the tribulations you are having to cope with. It's hard even to imagine dealing with it all, saw a map of the fires and it seemed as though the whole State is in flames. Hope you all stay safe.
Today was also a no-sun-to-be-seen day, but it was gray sky, not that appocalypto orange; lots of ash dropping; s'pose it's fertilizer; wonder whether this has reversed my stopping smoking thirty+ years ago.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
the haze has even gotten over to us here in MI, i was sitting outside this past early evening shelling beans in the sun and could hardly feel it, there was not that much light. hope you are still ok there. and yes, i'd hate to think that quitting smoking was being reversed by such large amounts of smoke in the air.
Post by prairiegardens on Sept 20, 2020 15:55:15 GMT -5
Are the fires finally being beaten back? Does it look as though your place will be ok? The " news" up here has gone from reporting the fires to comments about they are affecting air quality esp in BC although we have had haze attributed to the fires even here. So very very sad.
So long as nobody flips a cigarette-butt into the weeds along the road, I'm really only vulnerable on the south, which burned two years ago, so I'm good for 2-3 years at least; who knows, by then I may be able to get a tractor, to not only fireproof but to make the farm really productive.
Praises be that Global Warming is a Liberal hoax, or we'd be up Caca Creek without a paddle; just wait 'til the methane in Siberia starts thawing (oops, already happening) and the methane sea-ice starts thawing. Oh my, did I just Doom-shout?
On the hopeful side, temps are locally moderating; can't sit out at night OTF without a flannel over my T-shirt and rain is prolly only 5-6 weeks away.
Harvested some Flame Tokay grapes; might try to get some Black Prince and Ribier, (all seeded, so unpopular grapes, these days) the other grapes my great-grands grew in Woodbridge; my Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Monukkah produced not one cluster; I want to get some Muscats established; to me, they're the very taste of Summer sunshine. I need to work out how to prevent birds from destroying the crop without too much labor; I think I doped it out today, in a way that will also provide mobile chicken runs, keeping them out of what I don't want them eating, while funneling them back to a nesting area, so I can collect their eggs. My time, money, and stamina are all diminishing, but my head still works, albeit as unfocussed as ever.
Having found a helper OTF, I'm much more optimistic about getting it back to productivity; I'm thinking of seeing whether he's interested in also working in the East Bay, as he's far more apt for the work than my current helper and might be interested in buying the business when I bail.
My time, money, and stamina are all diminishing, but my head still works, albeit as unfocussed as ever.
Wow can I ever relate to this! I find myself wondering if such and such is really necessarily done today ....but helper problems exacerbate it. Glad you found someone....I had someone referred to me, came out and had a look, said he could do it. But he wouldn't give me a price ("sure I can help you out") which made me nervous so texted him and insisted on clarification. He said I didn't have to pay him, just maybe give him $100 for gas (for about a 2 hour job). I dunno what he normally gets paid but he certainly priced himself out of my interest/abilities! Gonna get a dog, looking at a German Shepherd/blue Heeler cross this weekend. Not a cross I would choose, but it might be perfect, never know..
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
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wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
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wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
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wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
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wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
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wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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