‘Then we get spring and summer again’

President “Bobby”: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?
Chance: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
President “Bobby”: In the garden.
Chance: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

(H/T to Ann of Althouse and the Venerable Meade)

Spring has arrived here at the Blaska Experimental Work Farm (and Penal Colony). Just a couple weeks ago, on April 18, we were getting snow here in Madison. Nothing is more hopeful and more inspiring than the green buds of spring, the smell of freshly tilled soil, and a shirt pocket full of seed packets.

For the 2018 growing season, the cruel overseer here at the Experimental Work Farm has ordered the unlettered field hands to try something new.

Our acreage is plagued by critters. The produce-growing fields already are protected from voracious rabbits by 14-gauge wire fencing. But no fencing will deter squirrels or the prolific gerbils. So, the cruel overseer had one of his Tom Terrific moments. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the boundaries of the Work Farm are the boundaries of the world wide web. Or vice versa, possibly.

chicken wire

A week ago we roto-tilled into the soil fallen leaves (macerated by a composting lawn mower and applied in the fall) plus a winter’s worth of coffee grounds, orange peels, and other kitchen waste. We let that cook for a few days before planting. Chicken wire fencing goes on last.

The field hands, singing their simple folk songs (Kansas’ “Carry on my wayward son” is a favorite) were instructed to lay chicken wire fencing flat on the ground. The theory here (for you backyard agronomists) is that the wire will prevent squirrels from digging holes to bury their nuts and thus disrupting the growing fields. The Work Farm also postulates that gerbils (aka ground squirrels, chipmunks, ) will disdain walking on the wire.

Chicken wire has been laid atop seedings of zinnias, red beets, and radishes. Those were broadcast into the soil on Monday-Tuesday April 30/May 1. The fencing must be removed at some point or the root vegetables and the wire mesh will be trapped under the spreading foliage. Also, and we won’t be able to transplant the zinnias. The Work Farm broadcasts all its vegetables and flowers except for our prized green beans, which are planted along the perimeter of hoops made of hog wire. “The hoops of hope.”

In any event, beans must be planted deeper than beets and radishes. Those we spread on the worked soil, then rake into the soil, finally packing down with the flat end of the garden rake. As they emerge, they are thinned out as needed. No rows at the Experimental Work Farm (and Penal Colony). Maximizes growing space and crowds out weeds.

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The hoops of hope as they will look in August; Romano green beans and tomatoes. A couple of dried pods of Romanos were still hanging so we planted those Tuesday, May 1, before the heavy rains the next two days.

Scenes from the Experimental Work Farm on May 4:

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Summer in the city

… back of my neck … There is, unfortunately, another sign that warm weather has come to the Emerald City. From Police Chief Koval’s daily crime report:

#10) NORTH: Disturbance – 11:38 p.m. [05-04-18] Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of Wright Street. Officers arrived on scene to find 40-50 males and females fighting. It was a very chaotic scene with multiple people fleeing and generally uncooperative. Officers ultimately made contact with a suspect, a 28-year-old AAF, who was arrested for resisting and transported to jail.

Have they tried gardening? Hope all visitors to the Stately Manor enjoy the budding beauty of a warm May evening tonight. Hobbies, people!

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40 Responses to ‘Then we get spring and summer again’

  1. dad29 says:

    Gardening?

    At one time, Milwaukee County operated a “work farm” for miscreants. That was considered cruel and unusual, I suppose, by the regnant SJW/Left/Progs, so …….no veggies for YOU!

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  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Spent most of yesterday and this morning rooting around in the dirt of my veggie and flower gardens. Nothing more satisfying, especially after the long-delayed spring.

    In response to the sidebar regarding the move to nominate Pres. Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to win the Prize for his efforts in negotiating the peace terms that ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1905-05, followed by Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. Barack Obama received the Prize in 2009, shortly after taking office, for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” (In other words a gaggle of Scandinavian lefties were gaga over the thought of a black guy as president of the US.) The most spectacular result of the Obama-Hillary brand of diplomacy was the wholesale retreat from Iraq, thereby opening the door for ISIS to slaughter tens of thousands in the Middle East and to export terrorism around the world. If Trump succeeds in establishing a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, he will be the fifth president to win the Prize and the fourth to deserve it.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      You guys need to remember the “wholesale retreat from Iraq” was negotiated by, and an obligation from, W.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Huh. So every error Barack made was GWB’s fault?
        “We leave Iraq secure, prospering and at peace.” BHO speech at Fort Bragg. 2014?

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Hang on a bit and gotch will clear this all up for you guys.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Hang on a bit and gotch will clear this all up for you guys.”

          Mercy me! Hope I don’t disappoint youse after that GREAT intro…

          Why focus on Iraq? What are Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Hillarity’s own private little conflagration in Libya; chopped liver?

          The self-anointed 4th Greatest President EVAH!!! destabilized much of the ME and opened festivities in Northern Africa.

          Another Hopey Changey 1st? The only POTUS to preside over two terms of unbroken War.

          https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/18/510447582/after-8-years-of-unbroken-war-obama-hands-over-conflicts-to-trump

          Being card carryin’ members of the democrat Party of WAR, you’s Lefties ought to be mighty proud, am I right?

          Look at the bright side; he put BIG toothy grins on the faces of the stockholders of Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, UTC, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, etc.

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          right on time…..

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Correct AB. Selective memory they have. Bush signed an agreement with them. After 10 years they could have us stay or tell the US to get out. They said get out. Then everything got all smoke and mirrors after that.

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  3. richard lesiak says:

    You forgot the 8 years of unbroken war before Obama. People born when the Afgan war started are now in high school. It’s congress that needs to say no more. Stop funding this crap every year. Last audit the military did found 800 million that they couldn’t figure out where it went. Why are we funding 240 military run golf courses? You want war? Go to congress, have a vote, declare war, then go in and finish it. Lefties ought to be proud? You bet we are. Are you? Felons, child molesters, porn stars and a WH that makes the Watergate group look like smart. How’s that losing hope and change for the worst going for ‘ya?

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      “You forgot the 8 years of unbroken war before Obama.”

      I’m forever in your debt for according me a level of…um…respect I find difficult to reciprocate, but please understand the cerebral impediment one encounters while trying to forget something that didn’t happen.

      From the Bedrock Conservative NPR.org:

      “That’s right: OBAMA IS THE **FIRST** PRESIDENT TO SERVE EIGHT YEARS AND PRESIDE OVER AMERICAN WARS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HIS TENURE.” (bolds/caps/asterisks mine)

      “Lefties ought to be proud? You bet we are.”

      Heh! Bet you’d LUV to see the smug smirk THAT puts on my face.

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Obama tapped into the mess Bush started and then couldn’t find a way out. Kinda like getting put in the game in the second quarter and being replaced just before OT started. Well, gotch to run. Heading out tonight with my fake WV ID to vote for Blankenship in their primary. A bunch of my friends from Chi-town are busing down too. Just like the old days. Last time we were all together was when I went to Alabama and voted twice for Jones. This could be historic. Usually they become felons after they are voted in. Cut out the middleman and just vote him in now. Saves time and money having hearings. Catch ya’ all down at the swamp.

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  4. Sprocket says:

    “Officers arrived on scene to find 40-50 males and females fighting. It was a very chaotic scene with multiple people fleeing and generally uncooperative.”

    How is it these people fail at life and require government intervention to keep them from starving to death or dying of exposure? It’s a mystery.

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  5. madisonexpat says:

    Bush, Obama, Clinton wars, rinse repeat. Lindsey Grahamnesty and John McCain who never miss a chance to want to put our troops in the middle of the generational Sunni vs. Shiite wars.
    Another reason we have President Trump.

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  6. madisonexpat says:

    Ask ISIS.

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  7. madisonexpat says:

    Glad you asked Poor Richard. Let’s see… President Trump smashed ISIS, pimp slapped Putin/Assad and stopped sending the “mar bar Amrika” wacky Iranian mullahs cargo planes loaded with euros and Swiss francs so they could fund Hezbollah. He’s aided the Kurds and the Israelis.
    In other words, this president is doing the opposite of his predecessor; what I refer to as the JV squad.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      You meant gives big sloppy wet ones to Putin, his bro-thoritarian, right?
      I don’t see the Middle East simmering down under The Orange One.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        If that’s what you call blowing up 20% of the Russkie supplied Syrian air force and showing Israel how easy it is to defeat the expensive Russkie anti aircraft defenses the Iranians bought.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          And all that hasn’t saved a single person’s life. Still drinking the kool-aid on that plane full of money? It was their money. Seized by sanction. Seized in American banks. When they meet the demands made of them they got it back. Kurds still don’t have a country and bombs are still going off in Afgan markets killing civilians. We give money to Israel so they can buy weapons to kill Palestinians.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Not to mention now giving the Iranians permission to develop a nuclear weapon. We’re goin’ full-Bolton here!

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  8. richard lesiak says:

    Last weekend 40-50 people engaged in an all out brawl. In Georgia. All white. And at a CORNHOLE CHARITY TOURNAMENT. Come on down ya’all and have a big good time.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      “Last weekend 40-50 people engaged in an all out brawl. In Georgia. All white.”

      WTF does that have to do with anything?

      And why do youse have to racialize it, because yer handlers have convinced you to be a self-hating Whitey?

      I take that back, youse need NO prompting to promote self-hatred…

      The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        “WTF does that have to do with anything?” Gotch, see: Dave’s post above.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Who WOULDN’T hate being richard lesiak?
        It was Iran’s money? Fine. That was the cost of our embassy and the useless abuse of our people. Every dime.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Are you in with Bolton. He’s been want war with Iran since ’04. Now he has mush brain trump in office and is within months of another war. Jan. or Feb. 2019 it will start.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        The article was a nice one until, as usual, Blaska just had to ruin it with that fight thing. Couldn’t have been much with only one arrest. And of course the mandatory AAF. I thought it was funny, Georgia, cornhole, fight. I just forgot the most important part. WM WF.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob & @richard lesiak;

          The “fight thing” wasn’t up when I first read it, but the fact remains it is “news,” and an AAM being arrested is a fact, isn’t it?

          IMHO it’s topical because warm weather (note the title of the post) bringing more people outside tends to show an uptick in outdoor…um…activities, some not the fun type, if you’s know what I mean.

          http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-violence-shootings-20180502-story.html

          I think the Humble Squire would’ve mentioned the incident had it been WM’s & WF’s, don’t you’s?

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Do your reading skills need to be sharpened? “The fact remains” that after writing this Hallmark Card of sun, fun, and flowers he felt it necessary to add the fight thing. AAM being arrested is not a fact. If you take your blinders off, put your dollar store glasses on you would see AAF. Comprehension problem? I don’t know if Blaska would have mentioned it if WM WF were involved. But, I not sure he would have, unlike “youse” faith in his writings. Maybe “youse” should spend a little less time on filling “youse” posts with puffery and wordsmithery.

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        • old baldy says:

          RL:
          I’ll disagree with your comment. “Wordsmithery” would infer some level, albeit minimal, level of talent on the part of the gotch.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          As per usual @hankdog/old baldy’s pathetic existence has less than nothing to add, so he falls back on the old standard of the career follically forlorn feebly flaccid fopdoddle: gutless drive-by idiocy from safely behind mommy’s apron.

          Priceless!

          The Gotch

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  9. richard lesiak says:

    Good one OB. To be honest about it; the thing that bugged me the most was I’m sure there were a lot more police calls that day. After a full page of tip-toeing through the tulips it ended with a group of blacks having a pushing and shoving match. It couldn’t have been much of a “disturbance” if only one woman was arrested. And making sure to say it was an AAF. What’s really funny is gotch threw Blaska under the bus saying it must have been added after he read the original article. SAD

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      ”the thing that bugged me the most was I’m sure there were a lot more police calls that day.”

      Awww, delicate snowFLAKE @richard lesiak is bugged; stop the freakin’ presses!
      *make sure no one’s parked in his safe space,
      *ready the hot cocoa & plush, cuddly stuffed animals, and
      *muster the enabling grief counselors

      “a group of blacks having a pushing and shoving match. It couldn’t have been much of a ‘disturbance’ if only one woman was arrested.”

      Hypocrite; had it been in front of yer double-wide you’d have been shakin’ like a sheep sh***in’ razor blades. Perhaps there was *only* one arrest because the rest were deferred to “restorative justice.”

      “What’s really funny is gotch threw Blaska under the bus saying it must have been added after he read the original article.”

      Actually that’s exactly what I thought, I didn’t go back and read it until your delicate sensitivities were offended enough post about it.

      And what’s REALLY funny is youse immediate retreat to self-flagellating suffocating I’m Dialed In White Lefty Guilt.

      Welp, that and the comical display of youse & @hankdog/old baldy engaging in a hilarious (if cringeworthy) bromantic butt buddy*** display.

      ***butt buddy (noun)
      two or more commenters that appears to be flip sides of the same internet trolling bed sheet, reaching around each others comments, cupping each others dangling rhetoric, and giving each other rhetorical thrills while they thrill themselves.

      The Gotch

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    • old baldy says:

      RL:

      And look how cg has proven us right ! And we don’t have to use bold typeface, bogus websites, juvenile spelling, made-up words, imaginary friends, or puerile insults. Keep up the good work.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        “Youse” are so right, OB! I’ve never seen a writer SO in love with themselves! Not very Midwestern, I have to say.

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        • old baldy says:

          ABob:

          You betcha. Humility sure isn’t in his (I’m making an assumption here) vocabulary.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob & @hankdog/old baldy:

          In my best Ed Ames voice:

          ♫You’s ♫CUPPING Runneth♫ Over ♫With ♫LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE

          Priceless!

          The Gotch

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        • old baldy says:

          Didn’t even have to put the second bait in the water and bingo, caught him again !

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