Scattered Deluges

By: jitterymoose , 3:35 AM GMT on June 16, 2009

...and this is ridiculous.... We headed out to Twin Bears for an afternoon of fishing yesterday -- it was sunny when we left Fairbanks, and we knew we were headed into clouds. We pulled into Twin Bears, broke out the fishing poles, got under the picnic shelter to tie on the flies and KABOOM! Thunder, lightening, HAIL, heavy rain (pics to follow) and it went on for nearly 1/2 an hour -- heavy, heavy rain. When it finally stopped, the bugs were out with a vengeance, but the GOOD news? The trout were biting on EVERYTHING we threw at them. Probably some of the most amazing fishing we've seen (pics to follow), but we just did the catch and release thing because we weren't really thinking we were going to CATCH anything!

Got the garden in today (and over estimated on the plants, but that's okay), hauled water, got everything settled in and then came home to get ready to pick up kids. After picking them up, we pulled on to Trainor Gate road and there were puddles EVERYWHERE. It looked like it had REALLY rained and rained HARD. It continued down toward the house, and I thought THIS IS GREAT! Then... right before our stopped. A definite line -- just stopped....right there (and I think I heard God "tee hee-ing"). No rain at the garden, but we're watching another huge anvil-headed storm come in over Birch Hill from the Chatanika area. I hope we get a bit of it.

Any day in the garden is a good day. Rhubarb, potatoes, sugar snaps, sunflowers, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbages (red AND green), green beans, radicchio, two types of head lettuce, mixed greens, nasturtiums, and .... corn. I wonder if the corn will work. Tomatoes are still in the tubs on the porch -- I ran out of room. And I still have flowers (cape daisies, mimulus, and gazania -- things I've never tried before along with the old lobelia stand-by) to put in. I've actually gotten spinach already and the basil's enormous (should have thyme and oregano by the weekend).

Ah..... it's all so nice. :-)

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5. jitterymoose
11:57 PM GMT on June 17, 2009
I have 3 green beans and one of my peacevine cherry tomatoes has 1 little one on it. :-) Spinach sounds GREAT! I'm trying to keep my daughter away from the "leaves" in the garden to just give them a chance. :-)
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4. gberet69
9:42 PM GMT on June 17, 2009
JM- I pulled the last of the spinich today to put in the freezer, I think we have about 15 packs or so. The peas are blooming, the chives have been here for a month and the lilacs have passed.
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3. catfuraplenty
6:32 AM GMT on June 16, 2009
I love your title head. LOL I wish we'd get a scattered deluge. We could use one or two, or several dozen. :)

I've been having to live vicariously through fishing shows because there is no way to get out in this heat. Even at night it's miserable. But luckily I've found some great fishing shows from Britain. Those crazy Brits. :D They know how to fish and have fun. I just watched a show where this guy traveled to India to catch a Mahseer. It is called the Tiger of the River. They get to be over 100lbs. They are lovely fish. Highly protected now but you can still catch and release if you get a permit. It was "almost" as much fun watching the show as if I'd been sitting on the baking rock with the angler for 8 hours under the Indian sun. :P Now, this is my kind of fishing. lol

Enjoy the spinach. I love that stuff.
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2. jitterymoose
6:20 AM GMT on June 16, 2009
Oh no :-) I ended up going over to Holm Town to pick up the plants. I had oodles of starts in the WY and ended up giving them to this very nice family who came to one of my garage sales -- they'd just moved out from Michigan and appeared to be at a loss about the place. More than Alaskans in Rawlins were the sheer numbers of folks from Michigan. It was actually amazing because they were fleeing the state because of the high unemployment. A lot of them worked at the WY State Penn. Most of them missed home but kept saying there was nothing there for them now.... Sad.
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1. tundraJEM
6:11 AM GMT on June 16, 2009
Now I REALLY feel like an amateur gardener! I too have more plants than bed space, but our crop had a larger variety before lots of them died (started too soon). We're still learning!
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