The editors of PTF are finally back on-line after being struck by the latest curse of the WWW —virus or worm, or whatever they are calling it this time. Luckily one of the gals is knowledgeable on the anatomy of computers and spent a few hours de-worming our computer.

One good thing that came from this worm was that we didn’t received the flood of spam mail that we receive practically every day. I guess a lot of the Spammers’ computers got infected with the worm and didn’t get to spit out their daily junk. I HATE e-spam!  It’s a waste of time sorting through all that junk.

Anyhow on the bright side, not being able to surf or update the news and such gave me some extra time to help in the garden. The garden is in a state of dramatic flux – as we near the end of the Summer crops and prepare for the Fall.

We gals were assigned to cutting out all the mosaic and mildewed leaves from the squash and cucumber plants. It’s a nasty tedious job, especially when its hot and you’re all sweaty – the fuzzy little hairy spines on the plants start to irritate your skin and it feels like hundreds of little pin pricks going into your arms as you reach in and cut the diseased leaves. Besides, those fuzzy, annoying hairs get onto your clothes and they seem to multiply everywhere. Yep, I know… we definitely should have worn long-sleeves, but it was just too hot. Well, I shouldn’t complain really.

Next job on the list is cleaning the blighted tomato leaves and that’s another messy task! But that’s the price one pays for growing organic. But, it’s worth it.  Even though it takes time, it definitely helps stop the spread of disease along with, of course spraying with compost teas and other natural concoctions.

Are you surrounded by lawn nazis? Apparently one of our readers has the city on her back for growing veggies in her front yard. Read the scoop atHelp! City objects to veggies in front yard

My grandmother, who lives in Louisiana just sent me an article from a New Orleans paper that profiles a woman who grows veggies in her front yard.   Here are some snippets:

You don’t need acres to live off the land. With careful planning and creative use of space even New Orleans’ compact yards can become self-sustaining farms of food and flowers…..

Yank’s gardens at her Bungalow-style shotgun double in Lakeview demonstrate how much food can be grown — in an attractive way, even — in small spaces. She practicespermaculture, a way of intensively using space to develop a self-sustaining home farm of fruit and vegetables, mostly perennials and fruit trees mixed with perennial flowers for cutting

…..Growing food instead of grass in yards is a trend creeping across the nation. But, it’s really not new, Yank said. The whole idea of the lawn came out of 19th century England, a green symbol of wealth.

Her neighbor’s haven’t objected, Yank said. For one thing, her gardens are tidy. But, she said, the front garden adds to the vibrancy of the neighborhood, since it means she is in the public space with neighbors.

Weather Report: The heat is on ! Clouds are rolling in, going to be humid.

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