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Friday, July 3, 2015
Photography club organization, testing the "waters".
Posted Thursday, July 2, at 11:21 AM
First, let me ask the question, Is there an active photography club/group in Southern Middle Tennessee? I have not been able to find one, so if there is one, I want to check it out. If there is NOT one, I want to see how much interest there might be in starting one. It would not be just for Shelbyville, or even Bedford County since I am sure there are photographers in the contiguous counties who might want to get involved...

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Walking Horse show this weekend moving to Calsonic?
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 10:24 AM

I understand the threat of rain has moved the show location, so if you are going, check Calsonic Arena if no one is at The Ag Center. Probably, but did you also know the concessions will be handled by those who support the Great Strides? Their self-stated mission is to provide physical therapy exercises and recreation for riders with physical and or mental disabilities through horseback riding and related activities...

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Want to talk local "dirt"?
Posted Monday, June 29, at 11:34 AM

Those of you who know me, would probably bet it is not local gossip or nasty comments about our neighbors, and you would be right. We leave that to others, if they feel so inclined. Instead, we want to talk about local growing issues, challenges, successes, etc at the Weed'em & Reap's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472822192951742/...

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Start the 4th of July weekend off with Weed'em & Reap!
Posted Sunday, June 28, at 8:21 AM

Yup, that's right, I am getting an early jump on announcing the meeting of the our garden club. I want to make sure you have plenty of time to schedule us into you 4th of July celebration weekend. It will be at our regular meeting location, the UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160 starting at 6:30 PM on July 3rd...

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Got a fish pond in your yard? Watch out for this heat!
Posted Thursday, June 25, at 8:11 AM

High heat makes it harder to keep oxygen in your water so it always needs to be running either with an aerator, fountain or running stream. We have used a natural bio-filter that recycled the water through man-made (by Steve) stream of several waterfalls to aerate...

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Weed'em & Reap Garden Club Social Friday June 19th
Posted Wednesday, June 17, at 4:53 PM

It will be at Aguas Calientes 400 Belmont Ave Shelbyville, TN, basically across from Times Gazette building at 6:30 on Friday. Sure hope they have good air conditioning, this is making making me rethink my wishes during this past winter! Luckily, I have some shade from about 4:15 on...

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June is National Dairy month so.... have you had your milk on a stick?
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 1:22 PM

No? Well don't feel bad, I haven't either. Has anyone seen this on the shelves? It may be still in development stage or on airlines according to this article. http://www.packageprinting.com/article/milk-stick/#utm_source=packageprinting-inbox&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2015-06-16&utm_content=milk+in+a+stick%3F-4 but it seemed appropriate since June is Dairy month for us here in the States...

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Are other people's cats a little squirrelly lately?
Posted Friday, June 12, at 10:07 AM

I don't know if squirrelly is really a word, but they usually move around a lot, jump and get into trouble. That is what our cats are doing. We've seen the dogs (and coyotes) affected by the moon and maybe the cats are too but this has been going on for weeks. We wake up in the middle of the night to all kinds of bumps, thumps, bangs, etc. and in the morning we would swear someone has ransacked the house...

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Watch out for pink flamingos migrating from Mississippi!
Posted Thursday, June 11, at 3:06 PM

Whew! It turned out to be a fundraising event from their local high school. You can have the birds removed free but they would appreciate a small donation and they don't just choose your yard. It was nominated (for another donation) by one of your "friends"...

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Kudos to Charlie & Mai Coffey AND kudos to Sharon Edwards.
Posted Sunday, June 7, at 10:36 AM

Two different types of Kudos here but BIG KUDOS none-the-less. A great testament to their lives in an article in today's paper. http://www.t-g.com/story/2202461.html I say to their lives because although the story was about Mr. Coffey you can bet (from wisdom gained over 29 years of marriage) that Charley's life is a reflection of Mai's and vice versa. Blessings to you them both...

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Now a part of history. :-( Ooh, ooh, need something to do Saturday? How about the Wartrace Music Fest?
Posted Wednesday, June 3, at 10:57 AM

Great music, LIVE, collector Chevy's, arts and crafts, things for the kids and cheap admission? What a great combination? Here are some more details: https://www.facebook.com/WartraceMusicFest Hmmm, maybe my old '57 Chevy will be there. I sold it in Murfreesboro back when I could not afford to collect. (like now) :-)...

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Garden club to meet this Friday, June 5th
Posted Tuesday, June 2, at 2:28 PM

Yup, it is time for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting at UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160 starting at 6:30 PM. Bring an extra pair of walking shoes in case you get swept up by the crew going to the Relay for Life next door...

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Garden updates with a dose of cats.
Posted Saturday, May 30, at 10:21 AM

Nowadays it seems that cats come into our thoughts all the time. That is even when you minus out that we have 8 inside and the 24+ outside. All kinds of melodrama, but..... c'est la vie. (so is life) The picture included with this post is of the catnip that has survived the attentions of many cats. Our native ones have not come back, so I had to start some in pots. I made the mistake of thinking they could be planted in the garden without major protection. WRONG!...

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Gaining an hour or more a day by cutting back on "social media"?
Posted Wednesday, May 27, at 8:19 AM

Many of you are probably saying that spending an hour a day on Social Media (SM) is wrong in the first place. However, many of us doing business on the internet, worldwide, find that SM has been a big aide, but I occasionally have to step back and evaluate...

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Garden Club "Pot Luck" meeting Friday May 22nd.It' over!
Posted Tuesday, May 19, at 10:19 AM

The Weed'em & Reap garden club will have a social "pot-luck" meeting on Friday, May 22nd at the UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160 starting at 6:30 PM. It is not required that food be brought, but more important that you come meet everyone. Enough of us will work out the food details. Questions, call Steve at 931-703-1427 or email me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com...

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Middle Tennessee Plant Swap is over!
Posted Friday, May 15, at 9:29 AM

This should be a great one folks, so if you have never gone (surprisingly, that includes me) we really should go. I follow the Facebook page and see all the chatter about what people want or what they are bringing, but don't let it stop you if you have nothing...

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Garden gleanings of a twisted mind.
Posted Wednesday, May 13, at 9:38 PM

I doubt they will make a movie entitle this, but as I am working in the garden or my mind is just meandering through its' many channels, I have a lot of random thoughts that don't seem to fit in a particular blog nor have enough to be written about it to make it worthwhile, so.... occasionally all this is mushed together...

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Are shade tree mechanics going the way of the '57 Chevy?
Posted Wednesday, May 13, at 9:09 PM

The software that does all those neat things and basically RUNS THE VEHICLE, is only on temporary loan to you from these companies, or at least this is what they seem to be arguing in court. Therefore, you would not be able tweak it or diagnose problems without their approved equipment, or using their approved repair centers...

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Weed'em & Reap Garden Meeting is now over until May 22nd.
Posted Thursday, May 7, at 8:24 PM

The next meeting will be a social and from what was decided last Friday, it will be a potluck. More on that later!

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May 8th is our next full meeting of Weed'em and Reap
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 8:19 AM

It will start at 6:30 P.M. and be held at the UT Extension Office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160. In addition to our normal garden discussions, I am also going to bring a Vitamix with me to make smoothies using homegrown kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, several lettuces, collards AND some native plants that many call weeds like plantain, dandelions and assorted fruit...

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.