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Friday, Apr. 17, 2015
Tomato intervention needed. Specifically Cherokee Purple tomatoes!
Posted Tuesday, April 14, at 10:06 AM
We have a member of our Weed'em and Reap group who started actively growing his garden a few years ago. Last year he got a number of tomato plants from one of our other members and from there it looks like his house is being overtaken with plants...

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Ou next garden club meeting is Friday April 24!
Posted Thursday, April 9, at 8:14 PM

I am planning to bring seeds of the cushaw, giant banana, maybe some yard-long beans, two Cuban oregano starter plants, garlic and probably an aloe vera for give-a-ways. I could not wait to try the straw bales. Reaching in the bales was warm but not hot so I put a tomato and a bell pepper. This particular bale has been mellowing for about 3 weeks. I also added some garlic bulbs to see what they do...

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Our first traveling Hummingbird of the season
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 1:23 PM

We have had our feeder out there for a few weeks but today is the first day that i have sen anyone. I immediately changed the water and got the camera out so I could document his arrival. I say traveling because we are told that our resident hummers don't show up until late June. But, they say that these travelers often use the same watering holes each year, so "Welcome back little friend"...

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Farmer's Markets are gearing up!
Posted Tuesday, April 7, at 9:49 AM

You may already know about the Farmer's Market overseen by the UT Ag extension office. https://extension.tennessee.edu/Bedford/Pages/Farmers-Market.aspx The start date is not determined yet, based on crop development, but it will be at the Celebration Pavilion on the Celebration grounds...

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April 10th. Garden club meeting! UT Ag Extension Bldg, Shelbyville TN
Posted Thursday, April 2, at 12:41 PM

OK, OK, OK, we are FINALLY going to have it! It seems like a lifetime since our last one and the emotional lift is dearly needed. It will start at 6:30 P.M. and be held at the UT Extension Office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160. That is about as formal as we get. A place, date and time...

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It is about time to talk Weed'em & Reap. Ready? Got the gardening itch?
Posted Friday, March 27, at 7:16 PM

What better to kick off a cold Spring weekend than talkin' about gardenin'. I know some of us have been really anxious to get the creative juices and green thumbs going, and we have, so it is about time to start sharing it with friends. Next Friday is Good Friday and may not be busy for some but it could be the kick off of a long Easter weekend for others so what about starting the next Friday, April 10th? 6:30 starting time still good?...

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Optimistic peppers can't wait for summer
Posted Thursday, March 19, at 2:31 PM

OK, I admit it. I probably brought this cold snap on by taking most of my plants out of the greenhouse the other day to enjoy the warm days. But, Debbi brought the rain. She washed the van! LOL My bell peppers have been flowering most of the winter but I noticed there were a number of peppers forming. Someone must have been shaking them or the ladybugs did double duty. Wish they had done the eggplants while they were at it, but nothing there...

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I heard the peepers! Yeah!!
Posted Thursday, March 12, at 1:26 PM

As I drove by a field next to Webb School today, I had my window open enjoying the Spring air. What a joy to hear the peepers. (tree frogs) (Pseudacris crucifer) WHATEVER you want to call them, they are a-peepin'. I even think I heard a mosquito buzz my head while walking the garden. I sure never thought I would enjoy hearing THAT!...

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Chamber's goals look promising and exciting.
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:36 AM

An article in the T-G this week looks at the Chamber's new goals for development. http://www.t-g.com/story/2174033.html The one that catches my eye is the "year-round tourism". I like it and see that a task force will be developed around mid-April...

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When does "progress" trump leaving things well enough alone? Rezoning good or bad.
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 2:49 PM

Brian Mosely has an article in today's paper about local resident's concern about rezoning an area for a new grocery store. http://www.t-g.com/story/2174034.html Care to express your opinions? I don't live in the area so I have no "dog in the hunt" but I can see both side of this issue and wondered if anyone reading the blogs might want to "say it"...

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It's TODAY! Above freezing and daylight savings time!
Posted Saturday, March 7, at 8:29 AM

I'm so excited I may even keep today for tomorrow too! Just two degrees to go and it is above freezing, yeah! The sown jugs are on the way out the door, never to return. Now I just need to make sure the dogs don't get too curios. I bought some chicken wire for that...

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I mean it now, I AM DONE WITH WINTER!
Posted Friday, March 6, at 10:43 AM

AND the cold, AND the ice! Last week my central heater died. Last night my brand new heater stopped working. STOPPED WORKING! ENOUGH!! I even tried what some fellow told me he was going to do when the cold came back. He said he would jump in his camper and drive around the Keys...

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Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is going on now!
Posted Wednesday, March 4, at 7:23 PM

See! I told you it was Spring! The speakers on Thursday's list are right down my alley, but the weather is going to be horrible. As much as I would enjoy being there, I see no reason to tempt fate. But, here is their link to see what else is planned: http://www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com/lectures.html...

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Do what with that cup? Here's some innovative recycling.
Posted Wednesday, March 4, at 9:44 AM

Don't throw it away, EAT IT! Yup, eat it. Here is a new test KFC will be doing in Europe. Get your flight lined up ahead of time, since we don't know when or if this will reach our shores. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kfcs-edible-cookie-cups-probably-wont-end-packaging-waste-2015-02-27...

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I need to listen better when that "inner voice" says to do something.
Posted Friday, February 27, at 9:10 AM

Don't start licking your lips for Chocolate Cushaw Delight. Quite the contrary. This is what happens when you ignore the "inner voice" saying, "you better make sure the oven is off". I was late getting the Cushaw slices on the baking sheet, so about half way through I decided to let the existing heat finish the job overnight. I turned back the temp (luckily) and turned it off, or so I thought...

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I am DONE participating in Winter!
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 4:48 PM

I am officially giving notice, NO MORE TALK OF WINTER! This weekend will start my Spring, NO MATTER WHAT! In fact, I am planting TONIGHT! I may even start "tickling" my eggplant and pepper flowers with cotton cue-tips to see if I can get some fruit to set...

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Baking the Banana squash from summer. The heat is great!
Posted Sunday, February 22, at 11:34 AM

Another banana squash in the freezer, but before I did I had to have some fresh. One eighth of the squash was enough for dinner (maybe that is why i have lost 31 pounds this winter) This recipe looked good when I was poking around so it might be the next squash destiny. http://cookingwithruthie.com/2012/11/22/brown-sugar-banana-squash/ Last night was just brown sugar and butter...

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Dichotomies of Winter and Spring
Posted Thursday, February 19, at 4:56 PM

Pamela captures many of the events happening in the Wartrace area and I thank her for some great shots that are perfect examples of the edge of Winter and Spring in a tug of war. Haybar commented in another post about the robins searching for food and are as anxious for Spring as we are, so these pictures just said it so well, I had to share...

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Can I choose the forecast I want for my property?
Posted Tuesday, February 17, at 10:44 AM

Yeesh! I go on one TV station to get the news and their video says our lowest temp will be 5 degrees but read the forecast below the video and it says MINUS 8 degrees. Can I choose? The ice make not be growing on the trees but it is still very much there and I hear,(if I can believe it)that the wind will pick up tomorrow to gusts from 15-25 mph. Ice and just are NOT a good combination...

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Ice storm damage, the beginning
Posted Monday, February 16, at 9:59 PM

Actually, the extent of the damage on our spot of paradise is unknown at this time. This tree came down shortly before dark and I heard/saw another take the plunge close to it. Others were popping and cracking throughout the day but for health reasons I was unable to go see what was happening...

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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.