Summer Gardening – The Heat Is On

Here’s a special Thanks to: For Your Good Health Who has blessed me and my Tiny blog by nominating Town and Country Gardening blog for the ‘Sunshine Award’.

There was a fire that burned about 600 acres 2 miles south of my Tiny farm yesterday afternoon, some fool was burning trash and started a grass fire. I got lucky and the local volunteer fire department controlled and extinguished this fire while it was still a full mile south of my Tiny Farm.

Another big fire about 15 miles northwest of me, I could see the orange glow in the northwest sky last night setting on my back porch. I can still see a huge smoke cloud coming off that fire this morning. This is a massive wildfire that continues to burn in NW Comanche County. This fire has grown to 12,000 acres and forced more evacuations overnight. Firefighters says the fire is more than 15 miles long and about 75 to 100 homes are in danger and have been evacuated.

Pasture land grass fires are not all bad. Fire is one of the natural events that have shaped the great plains prairies into what they are today. Grass fires keep weeds, brush and undesirable plants like the eastern red cedar, salt cedar and mesquite trees in check. Preventing them from destroying and competing with native grasses for moisture and nutrients. Contrary to popular beliefs, native grass is not killed when it is burned. Nutrients are released and returned to the soil. Native grasses will regrow healthier than before burning after the first good soaking rains this Fall and next Spring.

Only foolish city dwellers that have moved to the country life will allow grass to grow tall near homes, work shops, barns and livestock sheds or plant trees or shrubs within 25 feet of a home or out-building. People that have been raised in the country know better than to invite a fire to burn their house down!

A little common sense, keeping grass around your home and out buildings mowed short, a good water hose and hose end sprayer at the ready will usually be enough to protect you and your home from grass fires. A fire without fuel will soon die a natural death.

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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7 responses to “Summer Gardening – The Heat Is On

  1. We just had (7/26/12 9 p.m. EST) a line of thunderstorms pass over, and more to come. Looking at the doppler radar, this system runs from west Texas to New England. Your Tiny Farm may be under one of those red dots. Wild weather this summer.

    Regarding fire, living in a forest, we cleared all trees back 30 feet from the cabin originally. Subsequently, we have worked about 60 feet out, as that is the hight of the tallest trees, more or less. I also read once that the heat of a forest fire at 30 feet can spontaneously ignite wood frame structures without a cinder falling on it. Gardens and goat fields are our buffer.


    • Re: hermitsdoor – The main part of that line of storms is located 50 – 100 miles south of my tiny farm, mostly confined to north Texas areas.
      Yes your correct, Those smart guy’s with slide rules say that depending on air humidity and moisture in the wood, wood can spontaneously ignite at temperatures ranging as low as 510 degrees to 575 degrees..
      Happy fire free Gardening


  2. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    I’m in a wildfire area. Some time back, two boys made a campfire and burned 13 houses to the ground.


    • Re: Teresa Cleveland Wendel – It seems that most fires are started by careless campers, lighting and people being careless when burning trash.

      Happy safe fire-less Gardening


  3. Be safe! Keep that hose nearby! They have even reported around our area that mulch has caught fire too in the high heat.


    • Re: Nikitaland – I Agree, mulch within 2 feet of the foundation of your home is a really bad idea.
      Happy gardening


  4. It must be very scary when you see and smell smoke so close to your home. You’re smart to have the grass short for a good distance around your home.


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