Everyone knows that planting season is spring. So, what do you do if you discover you misplaced packets of seeds – zinnias, tithonia and nasturtiums in my case, however it could possibly be peas, beans, carrots, lettuce or zucchini? Plant them! If you continue to have loads of house, just direct-seed them within the backyard. My misplaced seed packets – purchased from Pinetree Garden Seeds in New Gloucester – were packed for 2023 and 2022, so they ought to be viable. If garden house is tight, you may do a viability check – placing seeds between damp paper towels to see if they sprout within seven days – however that may make you even later along with your planting. Whoops. Columnist Tom Atwell forgot to plant the zinnias this year. Although itâ€™s now summer season, itâ€™s not too late to sow the seeds. Shown here: zinnias in Atwellâ€™s 2022 backyard. With a number of the zinnias, described as â€œcut and are available once more,â€ my later-than-regular planting will mean that Iâ€™ve missed a few month of lower flowers that my spouse Nancy and that i might have, would have, loved.
But getting blossoms in August instead of July is just not a terrible loss. Although in my case planting seeds this late within the season is a mistake, it also is nice gardening follow – one that we do yearly: succession planting. Itâ€™s not too late to plant peas. Suppose you forget? Succession planting means you possibly can have several crops over the course of the summer. We take pleasure in having shelling peas throughout the summer time. We plant our fundamental crop of peas in mid-April so we can have them for the standard Fourth of July meal of salmon and peas, however we additionally plant some round Memorial Day, which supplies us another crop of peas to eat during August. I have tried without success planting peas in late June with hopes of having a fall crop, too, nevertheless it hasnâ€™t worked. I feel the pea seeds like sprouting in cool, damp weather, which isnâ€™t typical for Maine in July and August. Nancy gave me instructions this year that she needs more child carrots throughout the summer season.
And she means real baby carrots, pulled out of the ground small from early July to after the first frost within the fall. These younger carrots are candy and tender, a far cry from the plastic-wrapped supermarket child carrots, which are literally mature carrots which were chopped into pieces and then whittled all the way down to appear to be baby carrots. I planted some carrots and beet greens in our chilly body – mini-greenhouse – in early April and have been planting a new crop every two weeks, some within the cold body and some straight within the backyard. I will keep planting them until August, with hopes of supplying us with child carrots until the ground freezes. Another crop I will replant in a couple of weeks is lettuce. Although the sort we plant can also be minimize-and-come-once more, the plantings get tired within the heat of July and do like the generally cooler and definitely shorter days of late August. You possibly can plant broccoli now, too. Since shifting right here nearly 50 years in the past, the earliest frost weâ€™ve ever had on our property was on Sept. 20. That must have been within the late â€™70s or perhaps early â€™80s. Since direct-seeded broccoli takes about 85 days to reach maturity, so now is an effective time to plant it for a fall harvest. If you want to gamble – weâ€™ve had years not too long ago through which we havenâ€™t had a frost till late October – you could possibly plant even later and see what happens. Even if you happen to fail, all youâ€™ve misplaced is the worth of a packet of seeds.
Greater than some other side, the factor that has all the time fascinated me probably the most about computers is the infinite potential for exploration they offer. You possibly can create anything–whether actual or imagined–inside a computer, after which you can also make it do something you want. You’re free to attempt to make your creations mimic the real world as a lot as possible, or you’re free to go forward and bend whatever guidelines of actuality you wish. Not surprisingly, a majority of pc applications that embody this spirit are video games. Games are fun, but games will be extra than just pure leisure. Games can enlighten folks and make us suppose in particular ways in which a passive type of media, like a movie, can’t. The programs listed on this web page are, for essentially the most half, clearly video games, although there are just a few that some would possibly argue are some kind of software program hybrid maybe “edutainment” (leisure software program for the purpose of education), or real-world simulation.
Nonetheless, I slightly loosely use the label “sport”, and hope that nobody will likely be offended by this utilization. I also hope that no one will likely be moved to suppose of those packages as shallow or insignificant simply because they are experimental or as a result of they’re “video games”. Although, in fact, some of them are additionally just for enjoyable. Nonetheless, these are applications which I consider deserve special recognition as defying the generally held concepts about what a pc game can or needs to be. Creativity, exploration, and experimentation are three moderately different things, so it is perhaps appropriate to spend a moment distinguishing how each of those labels applies to a pc sport. Although “Creativity” suggests originality on the a part of the game designer, what’s perhaps more essential is how much creativity the sport allows for (and encourages in) the player. A sport like Stunts, the basic automobile-racing recreation, is fun simply because it offers you a number of fast automobiles to race round, however it additionally developed a small subculture of monitor designers due to its in-sport observe editor.