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Tough lesson from a fellow gardener

After all my griping I was talking to some other gardeners in the area. For one thing I’m not the only one with yellow pumpkins this year. This reminds me of the years I bought carrot seeds and they turned out to be all colours of the rainbow: orange, red, purple and yellow, green even. That year other gardeners had the weird invaders as well. What’s going on with the seed growers?!? Despite my misgivings I treated it with humour and made it into colourful dill pickled carrots.

It has come to my mind that there could be a conspiracy to ruin all our best efforts to look after ourselves, especially after the TV program I watched on W5 about such evidences.

Today I’m counting my blessings. These pictures of the neighbour’s thwarted efforts tell the story. He lives only a 1/2 hour drive from here, but got less moisture from the heaven’s than we did. With all the hot dry weather that made my corn crop grow like a southern plantation, the grasshoppers ‘made bag’ on his garden crop.


Grasshopper damage to the yellow zucchini



The grasshoppers ate the apple leaves leaving the apples naked.




Lifeless leafless squash

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13 Responses to “Tough lesson from a fellow gardener”

  1. 30 miles away from you, there is a drought? And your garden is so tall you could get lost. Wow. Really makes you want to consider irrigation as a backup. Just when you think you’re close to self sufficiency you realize you are really at the mercy of the weather. That is scary!

  2. Naomi says:

    Can you tell me more about the W5 show. Do you know what it was called?

    • sherry says:

      I can’t remember what it was called. But there is only apparently a very few big corporations in control of our entire food system from seeds to packing plants, etc. ie: Monsanto holds the rights to almost everything related to seed crops. If the big ‘guys’ can control our food guess what else they can control? It was shocking to get the big picture.

      • Naomi says:

        I once tried to buy some canola to see if I could sprout it, but I had to sign a form before I could buy it. I decided that I didn’t need canola that bad.

        • sherry says:

          I’m well aware of that kind of control from our farming experience. There’s getting to be very few farmers that have or clean their own ‘non-licenced’ grain of any kind. The big company(s) are trying to get rid of them.

  3. Sherry and Naomi, I am actively against GMO / Monsanto and I promote Organic Foods every opportunity and invite you to do the same. Every voice can be heard. You can sign petitions, leverage your social network to inform people of the dangers, their rights, legislation causes as well as guide, donate, and set an example for others to follow in protecting and sustaining our precious soils and crops. Every person matters and every ear needs to hear. One day, the world will look to experienced garners to show them how to feed themselves. We need heirloom seeds. We have to fight this battle on every corner. We are on the verge of
    Losing our wheat crops to GMOs. Evidently this may be poisonous.

    • sherry says:

      I know we’re in trouble. At the same time I’m a hypocrite because we used the licenced seed ourselves. This is how it works for them: Keep the farmer broke. Offer a good deal. Scare them if necessary. Make someone an example to keep them in line. Take out the competition with the big bucks….need I say more.

  4. I am not a grower so I’m not familiar with the licensing thing. can you explain?

    • sherry says:

      See the GMO post that I will have published in a while for more explanation. I thought I might as well get a few things off my chest at the same time :)


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