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water level of the big tank (which was surprisingly full even though I turned it off last week). The Kimball Farm folks have disappeared. I hadn’t seen the tall tank since August and was concerned when I saw that the overflow pipe was aimed at the foundation of J. Jireh. However, that was because the overflow downspout was supposed to empty into KF’s rain barrels. Shockingly, their diverter had fallen apart and all of this week’s rain fell onto the building’s foundation (and probably into the basement). This wouldn’t be a problem for most of the dry Fall, but it would be a disaster this week. I reconnected our flexible downspout and hooked it up to the diverter pipe after I finished emptying the cistern. (I also disconnected the cistern). Then, I emptied two of KF’s rain barrels. The third KF barrel still needs to be emptied before it freezes and cracks the barrel. On our closing day, I need to get help in cleaning out the big tank of all of the muck that has collected on the bottom over the last seven years. While I was busy working this morning, the J. Jireh ladies were busy stocking and assembling a clothing pantry.
I brought buckets, filled them as I emptied the cistern and emptied them into our turning compost bin (which never gets enough water). I was shocked to find that someone had put plastic bags in it. WTF? I wetted the contents and turned it to mix it up.
I also harvested African marigold seeds to share at the GCGC meeting this Thursday. These marigold plants can become as big as shrubs and bees just love them. They are drought tolerant and will grow anywhere. Both African (T. erecta) and French marigolds (T. patula) produce alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, those pesky microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. They also suppress other disease-causing demons and repel cabbage worms. Cornell University says that they are also deer resistant and frost tolerant. (While frost tolerant, they are not freeze tolerant).
By the time of our GCGC meeting, we will know about Issue 3, legalizing recreational pot in Ohio. We community gardeners have been paying close attention to this issue because most of us do not want to worry about gardeners growing pot in their plots (for their own use, of course). We already have problems with high folks stopping by with the munchies, etc. At the end of our first growing season, a high neighbor came by to help us clean out the Garden on our closing day. She was high a kite, which was kinda funny, I have to admit. She thought everything was beautiful and wanted all of the mustard greens we were salvaging. (So much for a final food pantry donation). She was very enthusiastic, very energetic and quite giggly. My OSU medical resident was appalled. Every year, we have gardeners that confirm that we can only grow legal crops because the neighbors worry about us letting folks grow pot. So, hopefully, people will show some common sense when they vote and I don't have to worry about amending our Garden Rules next year.