The Hidden Almanac for
Friday April 21st, 2017
Episode 559
Previous episode: 2017-04-19
Next episode: 2017-04-24

Summary Edit

Today we explore the concerns of growing potatoes. It is the Feast Day of the Elegant Squid, and in the garden, there are slugs. Be Safe. and Remember: You Are Not Alone.

Transcription Edit

Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is April 21st, 2017.

It is the Feast Day of the Elegant Squid.

In the garden, it is time to plant out many transplants, particularly of annual flowers and vegetables. We are told that we should look for sturdy, well-grown plants that are not root bound. If you go around popping annuals out of the container at garden shops, however, you can expect to be yelled at by the staff. In fact, I have grown many annuals that were quite rootbound. For an expensive and rare perennial, it is worth worrying, but if you are planting a zinnia, it is best to simply buy a four-pack of zinnias and be done with it. They will probably survive, provided you do nothing outrageous to them.

Early potato varieties are growing their next set of leaves. It is a good time to mound up the soil to the top leaves, so that they can continue to grow tubers along their length. Potatoes actually do very well in large containers, which makes this process much easier, particularly if you can dump the soil out and rummage through it for potatoes at the end. If you find insects attacking your potatoes from underneath, a layer of diatomaceous earth is often effective.

Speaking of diatomaceous earth, the slugs are out. How you deal with this is an individual decision and often demonstrates the mettle of the individual gardener. Do you grab them and fling them over the fence? Lay out shallow containers of beer? Attack directly with salt, or make rings with copper or the aforementioned earth? There is no single perfect solution, and you should be wary of anyone who claims that there is a single effective method that works in all gardens.

For that matter, you should likely be wary of anyone who claims that there is a single effective method for anything, particularly if they are selling something.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for April 21st, 2017. Be safe and remember, you are not alone.


Out of character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon and produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. Our intro music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2017, Ursula Vernon. Woo!