Saturday, September 30, 2017

Record Rains at Roshara

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It has been the rainiest summer at Roshara in many a moon. To be specific, from late June until last week, my rain gauge recorded 28 ¾ inches.

On the plus side, the prairie that I am restoring never looked so vibrant with wild flowers and grasses remaining green and growing throughout the summer.

The understory of little oaks and maples in my woodlot are thriving.

The pines that we have planted every year for many years are showing substantially more growth than when rain was less plentiful.

Our ponds are the highest in a decade, now crawling up the banks to swallow the birch and aspen that have each year grown without getting their feet wet.

On the negative side. Three times I replanted the sweet corn in my garden. My green bean crop was a total failure. Green beans apparently don’t enjoy being underwater, which they were when a small pond appeared on one end of the garden. Both the tomatoes and the potatoes succumbed to blight before they were in full production. So about half a normal crop for each.

But, as my dad always said, and what I titled both a TV show as well as a new book: Never Curse the Rain. I haven’t done any cursing, but a little complaining seemed in order.

THE OLD TIMER ASKS: Do deep snows in winter follow a summer of record rainfall?


Oct. 5 at Wisconsin Rapids McMillan Library 7 p.m. (One-Room Schools).

Oct. 14 at Neenah Public Library – Never Curse the Rain & Garden Book– 11 a.m. .

Oct. 18 at Water Conservation Presentation, Portage, 6:30 p.m. Place to be announced.

Oct. 25 at Cambridge Public Library – Never Curse the Rain – 12:30 pm

Saturday, October 28, at Edgerton Book Festival 9 a.m.Old Farm Country Cookbook. Jerry and Susie..

Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m. at Reed School, Neillsville. Old Farm Country Cookbook. Jerry and Susie..

Sunday, Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m. Mequon Nature Preserve, Mequon, WI. Never Curse the Rain.

Saturday, Nov. 11, Second Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Plymouth Art Center, The Land

Thursday, Nov. 16. 1:00 p.m. Berlin Library. Old Farm Country Cook Book.

Tuesday, November 28, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison. Never Curse the Rain.

Saturday, December 2, Dregni’s, Westby. Old Farm Country Cookbook, Susie and Jerry.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:00 p.m. Waupaca Historical Society, Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, Dec. 9 McFarlane’s, Prairie du Sac. Old Farm Country Cookbook. Jerry and Susie

Sunday, Dec. 17 –Readers Realm Bookstore, Montello 1 p.m. Old Farm Country Cookbook. Jerry and Susie

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):

The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:

Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows,) and Never Curse the Rain, Jerry’s newest DVD based on his book with the same title.

Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest nonfiction books, Never Curse the Rain and Old Farm Country Cookbook, and his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. Also available are Wisconsin Agriculture: A History, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their own stories.

Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984


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