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Old September 16, 2015   #31
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The demise of the LP is one of the best and worst things that ever happened to home music.
The good part is you dont have to worry about someone jumping too hard on a floor and making the record skip.
The constant worry about scratching one and so forth.
Also it was a big no no to go to someones house and mess with their turn table.
The bad part is there is a loss in the quality if the sound as the music keeps getting more compressed.
But the absolute worst part is now someone can put on a pile of music and put it on random.
You will be listening to one type of music and it will jump to another type without any smooth transition.
This is called a train wreck in the industry.
It would be like going to a concert to hear opera and all of a sudden Judas Priest comes on stage.
When this happens all of the music just becomes noise.
I have asked several younger people in the late 20's to late 30's what they were saying and what was the song about, I knew but they didn't.
They told me they had no idea it was just background noise.
Once I asked a young mother what her 9 year old son was listening to.
She had no idea I told her to listen to it.
Needless to say it was some of the nastiest ghetto rap I have ever heard.

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Old September 19, 2015   #32
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Last veggies standing are the cukes and cherries. Down to 3-4 a day of the nice 6" to 8" and always that phattie you missed.

The Marketmore's do well for me, a thicker skin, but they stay sweet even after periods of intense dry heat. I'm going to trellis these next year, should take the curl out somewhat.

On the project, just been moving materials and posts mostly. Waiting for things to dry so I can dismantle all the beds and build back a larger garden frame before Winter.
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Ricky I really like Market Mores.
It is what I grow every year and they do great here in Texas.
They can get rather large and still not be riddled with large seeds.
If given the opportunity they can out grow many ailments too.
Mine are always trellised.
Right now I am letting several go to seed.

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Ricky I really like Market Mores.
It is what I grow every year and they do great here in Texas.
They can get rather large and still not be riddled with large seeds.
If given the opportunity they can out grow many ailments too.
Mine are always trellised.
Right now I am letting several go to seed.

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Old September 19, 2015   #35
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I love Marketmore's taste and the big fresh cucumber aroma, Worth. I'm going to be doing them next year in the fabric pots, hope that goes well.

And the pumpkins, can't forget my two pumpkin plants in car tires. I'm going to end up with 4 about basketball size for Halloween decoration.
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Dismantling another raised bed today and dug up this little dude. I'm thinking the hornworm problem should be minimized with containers.
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Dismantling another raised bed today and dug up this little dude. I'm thinking the hornworm problem should be minimized with containers.
Well maybe maybe not.
When those crawl out of the ground down the street they will fly around and find your tomato plants anyway.

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I'd miss the thrill of the hunt. When you spot one it's a combination of relief, surprise, and ah-ha. Like looking for a long time and finding your car keys.

Well except horn worms are full of green crap and pop when you step on them, car keys don't do that.
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I'd miss the thrill of the hunt. When you spot one it's a combination of relief, surprise, and ah-ha. Like looking for a long time and finding your car keys.

Well except horn worms are full of green crap and pop when you step on them, car keys don't do that.
I like to watch the birds peck away at them. Much easier to spot at night.
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And speak of the little devils. Unusual for them to be out and about this late in the year. Maybe the construction has them dislodged.
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Must be the weather. I just found 3 wee ones, less than 2" each on the stressed plants.
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Old October 18, 2015   #42
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One lonely cherry still putting out. Deconstruction and relocating continue, set out a cage and a 20gal pot for an idea of scale. Should be able to do 4 rows of 9 pots with my newly expanded scheme.

I'm keeping three 4x4 raised beds for garlic, radishes, and one cherry tomato in dirt for reference.

The excess soil from the remaining beds is being used to fill low spots and contour areas for better yard drainage. The grass is already poking through, not soon enough for the dogs, who are feeling the pinch.
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Modeling a few things for Spring. The Texas Tomato Cages size and rigidity would seem to make it possible to use them as weather shielding structures. Maybe get an early start for a few of those extra-late varieties.

For sunny days and warmer Spring nights, windbreaker only. And for those frosty nights, an additional skirt and cover.

A cardboard roof is for illustration and would not hold up well. Corrugated plastic board or styro-foam would be better.
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Modeling a few things for Spring. The Texas Tomato Cages size and rigidity would seem to make it possible to use them as weather shielding structures. Maybe get an early start for a few of those extra-late varieties.

For sunny days and warmer Spring nights, windbreaker only. And for those frosty nights, an additional skirt and cover.

A cardboard roof is for illustration and would not hold up well. Corrugated plastic board or styro-foam would be better.
You may also consider an IR light bulb or an incandescent bulb inside each one of those contraptions.
It will keep them from freezing and keep them warm and toasty on thos cold Colorado nights.

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That's exactly the plan Worth, Christmas lights, the old bulb style. Curl two or three inside the hut, then string it to the next hut, leaving a couple empty sockets in between.
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