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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:15 pm

Claudiusx wrote:It hasn't been too productive this go around.

I don't think any of my broccoli are gonna make it. Even if they do, they are way behind schedule I think. Every day I had to go and pick off these little caterpillar things eating holes through all the leaves on the broccoli. It was bizarre, there was only ever 1 per plant. It was like if there was already one on one plant, it would travel on down the line until it found a plant without one of these green devil bugs on it.
They pretty much decimated it.

Carrots are growing well though. So is the corn, but it's also way behind.

Huge wind storm yesterday. The 1 variety of pea had grown taller than the netting I made (4 feet+) and the parts of the plant that had grown higher than that got blown and folded over. Shame because their were quite a bit of flowers on the top parts.

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> it's a learning experience
> so learning from the mistakes

Have the bush fires and grass fires been near you ? Been following the fires here ( all over the news ).
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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:37 am

Claud , if you are in one of this purple tiered counties , I'm bet you're glad you have your veggie and herb patches up and going now.

I see MOST Ca is going into 1 month of "lockdown" , bet it is extended to 3 to 4 months if the Gov is REALLY serious about leveling the covid epidemiological curves for the counties in Ca.
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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:03 am

Yeah, gardening is definitely a learning from experience type of thing.

The wildfires did affect us a little bit. Not as bad as some other areas of Cali. Nothing really burned too close to where I live, but their was so much smoke in California from the wildfires that we had ash raining down for days and days, and when ash wasn't raining down, the sky was red and nasty from all the smoke and ash up higher in the sky. What really sucked is that we also had a massive heat wave at the time. Over on the coast where I live, 99% of people don't have AC since the climate is so mild. When it gets warm, we open our windows. Well, can't do that when the air outside is hazardous to breath. So we just lived inside our hot hell-hole of a home for a week or two lol.

In regards to the lockdown, it's still nothing compared to what you saw in Australia. I wouldn't even call it a lockdown. We are just going "back" to the way of life we were in a few months ago. Which truth be told, isn't much different than what is going on now. Moving from purple to red tier only made minor changes such as now certain indoor activities were allowed (eating inside restaurants and working out inside gyms at capped capacities, etc.) The only real thing that I even noticed from us going down a tier earlier this year was our big box store costco, wasn't counting the amount of people allowed to go in. Now that we are back in purple, I imagine they will start counting again. But it's really not an issue.

What is new this go around, is our governor putting into place a curfew. Which, for the record, a few sheriffs have already stated they will not be honoring. And I'd imagine more will follow suit in the disregard for the governors curfew or his hypocritical "rule" on thanksgiving gatherings (he was caught eating dinner at a fancy restaurant with a group of high profile people, all of which sitting closely together and not wearing masks).

So in reality, we are just going back to life how it was a few months ago, which as I'm sure you're aware, wasn't really much of a lockdown to begin with.

For what it's worth, cases in my county have sky rocketed (along with many other counties in Cali). Back when we were in purple, we were getting like 5-7 new cases a day. Once we moved down a tier into red (looser restrictions) we slowly started going up to maybe 12 cases a day, 15 cases, then 20 became an average number. But in the last week or two, we have seen 50 cases a day, 70 cases a day. We are averaging around 70 a day.

But here is the kicker, back in march or april, when we were averaging only 5 or so new cases a day, we were also averaging like 10-12 people in the hospital with covid. This week, we have averaged around 70 cases a day like I mentioned, and we have also averaged 7-11 people a day in the hospital with only 2 in ICU.

So, there is some interesting conclusions you can come to based on that data.

Back in march and april, we were probably seeing similar infection rates as we are now, we just weren't testing as many people. (everyone who wants a test can now get one, and many people are getting weekly tests now because their employees want it to be done, so testing isn't an issue here anymore, we are catching way more asymptomatic patients that way)

If you are curious as to my specific county, here is the Gov page on it with the data:
https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/covid19.aspx
Note the total hospital beds available, and total ICU beds available.

The whole point for the "lockdowns" for us, was to allow the hospitals to not be overwhelmed. IMO, we shouldn't reach stricter lockdowns again until we are getting to a point where they can be overwhelmed. As I stated, we have about 10x the daily cases now as we did months ago, but the hospitalization numbers have stayed the same.

Not that the lockdowns affect me much anyways, I don't have time in my day to day activities really to go around eating out, and hanging out having a good time out in public. Even in our worst lockdowns, I still never had to go without any needs or wants really when it came to foods and supplies.

And that's good, because at this point, I'd probably starve if I had to rely on my gardening haha :mrgreen:

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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:21 am

Carrots still doing well, and the Peas are doing OK I think. Had lots of wind storms that damaged them a bit, and we had a frost the other night, but they seem ok for the most part.

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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:23 am

I saw on the news tonight California is now in LOCKDOWN . Been reading scary things about situation in California and elsewhere in USA regard ICUs filling up and morgues being overwhelmed .

Wouldn't want to live over there.

So stay safe and obey the social distancing rule folks.

I guess panic shopping is now full swing in California with people buying up dunny paper, tinned goods , basics , and making a mad dash to set up veggie patches and get some chooks to provide eggs ….

Meanwhile in land down under ( in my State = NSW and in Victoria ) today is being called FREEDOM DAY
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/melbourn ... d=msedgdhp

seen a big swing in optimism in my neighbours in response to the latest incremental release in covid restrictions
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgdhp

and finally WA is open to NSWelshmen to visit w/out a requirement to go into 2 weeks enforced quarantine https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... d=msedgdhp

Been only 1 new local case in Australia for over a week now.
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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby Claudiusx » Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:43 am

I do not want this to turn into a pandemic news thread please. For what it's worth, it's nowhere near how bad the news is portraying it, at least where I live.

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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:08 am

OK …. glad it's not as bad where you are.
CBDs: Cleopatra & Caesar born 28Jan19.
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EWSs : , Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Gutzy (F) rescued 27Sep19 - RIP 3Aug20 (est 12 yo), Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby Claudiusx » Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:54 am

Carrots are basically the only thing I'm growing right now. Some broccoli plants ended up surviving once the cold weather killed all the worms eating them. Now one of the broccoli plants is actually quite big. No idea if it will actually produce though.

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Re: Claud The Backyard Farmer (self proclaimed)

Postby Claudiusx » Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:14 am

All of the broccoli plants that survived are producing a broccoli head right now. One is quite bigger than the others. I'll try to take some pictures today. It's actually quite warm and the broccoli plants are wilting a bit from the heat and the lack of water i've been giving them.

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