We had good weather yesterday (hot but sunny) until late when a train of pop-up storms came through. It seems now-a-days that rains come like sledge hammers. I harvested strawberry leaves, sweet basil and sage all of which is now dried and ground and in jars. I had to water all of the plants on in the fence hangers. Everything else was in good shape but those dry out so quickly. I also, finally, got a large part of the tomato pruning and staking done. If it is dry today I will finish that chore. The dragon's egg cucumbers are starting to really take off with the Barese cucumbers a bit slower. The beans are doing well except for the red-seeded asparagus beans which did not come up at all. I debated replanting but I have three other varieties doing very well so I will let it go.
This story just gets worse as time goes on. No one really knows how much information was scooped up by the hack and I doubt that anyone has any serious idea of how to prevent any more of these breaches.
I have followed this story for the last several years--not simply Iowa but everywhere. We bought honey at the farm market and that beekeeper said half of his hives died over the winter and a friend who started beekeeping last year lost her hive. I have yet to see a bee here and I have had plants blooming that should have attracted them. I can't keep a hive of honey bees because I don't have the room but I decided to order a mason bee house for our space. It should be arriving soon.
Only one word for this; OUCH!!! We can't even imagine this kind of situation and are shaking our head in amazement.