You think I'm kidding, but not really. VPH was watching a film on tv featuring a monsoon and there was no difference between the surround sound and the open windows. Yes, my windows are open even though it's only 63 degrees, I'm a New Englander and it's June I am not closing my windows!
The only gardening of any sort that has piqued my interest lately is on a larger scale. I drive through the tobacco fields in Windsor, CT a few times a week (or will for another week, then my office is being relocated yet again). Now that our weather is exclusively rainy and overcast, I've noticed that the sides of the tents over the tobacco fields are tied up. Today I captured a terrible photo of a field on my cell phone while stopped at a light:
Which got me wondering...why would they open up the tents? I did a little research and found an explanation on a tobacco enthusiast's website:
Between 1900 and 1910 there was a new development in the tobacco industry here. Experiments in Windsor, CT had proven that it was possible to grow Cuban tobacco in Connecticut by reproducing the tropical climate of Cuba and Sumatra artificially. This was done by enclosing the tobacco field in a "tent" of very loosely woven cloth. The resulting tobacco had a thinner leaf which had previously been imported into the US by local cigar manufacturers. Several of these "shade grown" plantations were successful enough to survive until the early 1970s when the market for this once important crop declined dramatically. The resurgence of shade tobacco growing in this area is solely attributable to the efforts of the Enfield Shade Tobacco Co. Enfield Shade Tobacco grows solely for ALTADIS USA...the manufacturer of brands such as Montecristo Don Diego. Enfield Shade plans on increasing its current acreage of 300 acres in 2002.
And an old photo:
If the rain ever stops I'll get back out into the garden and finish things up.