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Garden Gleanings 2

Posted Sunday, January 20, 2008, at 11:49 AM

Did I mention he likes to climb?
Isn't it beautiful day out there today. Boy I can not wait to get in the garden. The birds are wearing out the feeders BIG TIME. I can almost see the seed going down in the six feeders we have out front.

Deb said we need to get a warmer for our bird's drinking water, they were standing on the ice looking in at her. Of course, they have running water in our goldfish/water feature, but our youngest cat likes to guard that. Can't let such a great bird magnet go to waste.

He is staying inside more today. Guess he is not as silly as he acts. The ice is not strong enough for him to walk on yet. Maybe by tomorrow, he will get to chase the goldfish underneath.

It would be a great day to turn the soil and zap the overwintering insects, but I am not sure I could get the tiller going, or myself for that matter. But I do have my seed order filled.

I should be planting: edible soybean (edamame) carrots, bitter melon (several varieties), leaf lettuce, yellow squash, zuchini, better boy tomato, eggplant, corn, swiss chard, okra, chinese cabbage, mao gwa, anaheim chile, onion, winter melon, and sugar snap peas.

New this year will be artichoke, Crosby Egyptian and Chioggia beets, Masai green bean, Pink Lipstick swiss chard, Diva cucumber, Red fire lettuce, Cajun Delight Okra, Watermelon radish, Dash spinach, Red Eye winter squash and Optico chinese cabbage.

Of course there are flowers to plant as well. I like to mix them in with the vegetables to encourage beneficial insects. By the way. spiders are highly beneficial in the garden.

I know, I know. I got carried away, but that is part of the fun of shopping, right? But it only cost me $26.85 including shipping, but think of how much exercise it will give me, the good food it will hopefully produce and how it will keep me out of trouble? I won't plant all the seeds, so in most cases I will have left over for next year.


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Hey, if all goes well weather-wise, that $26.85 will go a long way. Think, you will spend much, much more than that at the grocery store. And, the food "mass produced" from the grocery doesn't taste near as good as home-grown. I think you got a pretty good bargain there, Steve. I wish you lots of luck this year!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Jan 20, 2008, at 7:10 PM

If mother nature cooperates, we should have a good one, but that is always the optimism of a gardener.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 20, 2008, at 7:32 PM

Sure enough, the pond froze. So did the waterfall, at least on top. Our fearless adventurer was curious how the water was running, but it was not wet. What a surprise he will get when it thaws out.

I cut back on the seed order. What! The Scrooge got to me and noticed that by cutting one item off the list, I could not only save the package price but also $3.00 in shipping.

I know they have to cover their expenses, but maybe they should have a smaller point break. I could buy two extra packs of seeds for the $3.00 increase.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 7:34 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.