Bountiful harvest

By the time the Emo Fair is over, you have a pretty good idea of how this year’s gardens have turned out. But with the Covid-19 cancelling this year’s fair you will miss strolling through the displays of award winning fruits and vegetables that gives you the answer. You also will not be able to depend on the lies… er, reports, from neighbours of a bountiful harvest. And with this year’s massive expansion in gardening activity, there may be new opportunities to mooch off your neighbours
So how do you gauge that bountiful harvest? You have to use more subtle investigative techniques.
Sweet corn is one delight that used to be pretty much dependable, but with the current massive infestation of raccoons, skunks, bears, and corn borer, across the District, you’ll have to be more than lucky to harvest a good supply. And if you do luck out, there’s a better than even chance, the poachers, announced by slamming car doors in the wee hours, will signal the final decimation of your crop.
In the old days, simply viewing the traffic to the area outhouses could pretty much tell you how bountiful the corn crop was. But since Len Ricci, past publisher and editor of the Rainy River Record started the fad of torching outhouses some 85 years ago, biffies are now just about extinct. Still there is the odd one behind that clump of Lilacs.
Here’s the trick. Observe the crowd heading down to pick up the mail, preferably Monday morning, after a weekend of family feasting and when the heavy load of bills and flyers arrive.
You can bet those with a hurried confident stride, taking the steps two at a time, have a total crop failure.
Meanwhile those taking short cautious steps and intently concentrating on their location and progress have a bumper crop. You can confirm this by watching to see if they quickly detour into the café, and make a beeline for the john.
Nothing quite like a massive feed of sweet corn, particularly if accompanied by a big plate of ripe tomatoes and burpless cucumbers, to test the control of bodily functions.
So now you know how to locate the bounty, and who to mooch off, proper garden season etiquette comes into play. Avoid embarrassment by following these few important rules.
First, don’t insist on stopping that fidgeting friend on the street and relating the latest belly-laugh inducing story.
Secondly, never…NEVER… poke that same friend unexpectedly in the belly, or some other bodily location, particularly if they are bent over checking their mailbox. You’ll both be sorry.
Thirdly, that old two-holer outback should be cleaned of cobwebs and monster spiders… and certainly sprayed for wasps and hornets. Throw in a couple of past editions of the paper and post a welcome sign on the door. But caution, make sure the inside latch is removed. After all it is a two-holer, and you never know when unexpected company might have to drop in.