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In the garden: More global weirding

Very high wind for the past three days: I've never, in the five or six years I've been sheetmulching, had wind catch the edges of the newspaper layer and blow paper and straw all over the garden. (It's not happening everywhere, thank heavens; just two beds that the wind catches from the right angle, and fortunately I have some nice stakes I can lay down to hold the newspaper in place; lots of permaculture is putting what you've got lying around to good use!)

Sheesh, I'm heroically out in the garden -- it's 65° fer pity's sake -- and the wind just caught my Air screen and blew it to a new angle.

Another weird thing; our prevailing wind comes from the hortheast, which is why the town always used to smell of the paper mill just up the road, but this wind is coming from due west.

Now, I do know about the human tendency to project patterns into noise, and I know that climate isn't weather....

... but I can't help but feel this wind as a metaphor for our current plight: Huge currents, invisible, high above us, and over which we have no control.

Then again, I suppose I could blame the Canadians for that Arctic ice melt. Maybe that's doing it. Melting ponds on the polar ice cap, then moist wet winds off the Canadian shield.

Then again, I was cheap with the straw and cheap with the newspaper; spread too thin after the horrible winter and the fuel prices that killed me; more global wierding.

Nerves, I guess.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I love your gardening stories....

I wouldn't worry about having gotten too cheap with the straw. Too much can lead to an anaerobic situation best avoided. You don't really need to worry too much about mulching tomatoes, for example, until after they have produced flowers; you actually want the soil to heat up at your stage of the game.

Just enough to keep soil splash to a minimum....

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...we're into what should be the second full month of the rainy season. It has rained 4 times, once for a couple of hours. The rest is "monk rain"*. In 11+ years I've not seen this lack of rain. Scary.

*When monks are giving a blessing the have what looks like a hand broom which they dip into holy water and then flick water droplets onto all the people present. That's a monk rain.

Submitted by lambert on

Although I don't know where Thailand's rain comes from, the weather system. The floods in 2011, now a drought. Bizarre!

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...comes from the S.E. Monsoons. Later the rains come from the S.W.Monsoons from the Andaman Sea and across Burma/Myanmar.
We've got clouds; they're just not giving up their rain.