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84-Unc*Bter Farming, Saturday, August 27. 1994
, Earlier this (year, I made a vow.
If we just received regular rains
through the summer season to
grow crops, I solumly promised
myself to refrain from complaints
about heat, humidity or a mildew
scented house. This personal
stance rises from lingering me
mories of numerous back-to-back
years of drought
So over the last few weeks,
when tempted to moan over hay
rotting in the fields under gray,
leaden skies, I run that promise
back through my head as a re
And follow up with a look
Cornfields around the neigh
borhood arc thick, tall, and hang
ing heavy with ears filled with yel
lowing kernels. Fields of soybeans
are equally impressive, lush seas
of deep-green leaves shading clus
ters of pods in which round beans
Even while fanners try to cut,
dry and harvest third-cutting of al
falfa, muggy days and cool, damp
nights have quickly pushed
fourth-cutting. Given a little
weather cooperation, a good fifth
cutting is a possibility for many
farmers we know.
Cattle should eat well this win
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ter. And people, too, though it’s
doubtful the price of cornflakes
will plunge anywhere near the
nose-dive that com grain prices
have already made.
Interesting, even amusing, are
the creative ways in which Mother
Nature’s greenery responds to
these lush August growing condi
tions. Stuff growns where you’d
never imagine it might
Like grass. On the lawn. In
parts of the garden. Up through
teeny cracks in the blacktop drive
and along the edges of bam walls.
And sprouting in the tain gutters.
It’s hard to mow grass growing in
a tain gutter.
Gutters on the lower side of our
farmhouse run along the back
porch roof, right over the concrete
basement porch two stories below.
Neither of us is ever anxious to
dumb a ladder above the concrete
porch apron to clean out those
high-rise tain gutters. Thus tain
gutter cleanout gets pushed aside
in the crash of the hectic summer
time field and herd chores.
So when a couple of grass
seeds, probably dropped by house
sparrows, foudn their way into the
rain gutter, they took root. And
continuing August moisture has
encouraged their growth. It gives
The Northampton County 4-H
Center is offering an Open Youth
Schooling Horse Show on Sunday,
October 2.1994, starting at 10 a.m.
This will be held in conjunction
with the open house being held at
the 4-H Center. The 4-H Center is
located 2.2 miles south of Rt 512
and 4 miles north of Nazareth on
Bushkill Center Rd.
the porch a sporty. Mohawk-hair
Morning glory seeds tossed
there would provide a much more
attractive growth. They could cas
cade and vine down over the back
porch posts, sort of like our own
Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Instead, the morning glory vin
es, annual returning remnants of a
single stalk planted ten years or so
ago, have crawled merrily out of
what was supposed to be the
strawberry patch. The vines now
form a thick latticework of leaves
over the adjoining fence, despite
the fact that I have twice treated
the area with a contact weedkiller.
For every sprayed morning
glory vine that shrivels up. two re
placements pop up to fill the gaps.
At least their pretty, blue flowers
provide a redeeming beauty.
Which is more than can be said
for the annual invasion of the rag
Continuing yearly battles with
these “trees’* have greatly reduced
their numbers in the flower beds.
However, those remaining shoot
to six feet overnight, with hard,
inch-thick stems. I always want to
yell “Timber!” when lopping off
these overgrown pests with the
And fenceline growth of Mile-
A-Minute is so thick and thorny
the heifers seem content to stay in
the pasture where they belong, ra
ther than fight the tangle.
See. Everything has a bright
side. Even weeds.
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This schooling show is open to thci f own •J! oun f* For m°Pinlof
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