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Posted Friday, March 21, 2008, at 6:54 PM

What a day. By noon I had to stop work and head outside. It was warm enough to go shirtless and enjoy the sun, cut some more wood, cut the grass, clean the pond pump screen, pull watercress and put out the first hummingbird feeder.

Has anyone seen a hummer yet? I may be a little early, but the honeybees will find it and that will be good too. There is no harm in getting ready anyway.

Another job was watering the houseplants. Folks, when it takes over an hour to water the plants and works up a sweat, it is time to get rid of some plants.

Besides bringing some aloe cuttings and more watercress, I think I am going to bring some full-fledged plants to our next gardening meeting. Need to meet us at the Hong Kong restaurant next Friday at 6:30.


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Those hummers will be here soon, maybe next week! They're in Northern Alabama now. You can track the Northern migration here: http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Seems like they're a couple weeks late compared to last year. I'm gonna have my feeders up and ready just in case. I always get about 5 for the Northern migration, then between April and May, I hardly see even 1. That must be nesting and breeding time or something. Then, in June, I can't keep up with the buggers. Last year my FIL, who lives across the street from us, set up his feeders for the first time ever. I remember one day he called me and asked me to get a "quick count" of how many birds I had in one eyeshot. I counted 11, and while I was counting mine, he counted his... he had about 14. Between our 2 homes, we had at least 25 hummingbirds at the same time. I can't wait to see how many visit me this year.

On another subject, may I please have a piece of your Aloe? I probably won't be at the meetings at Hong Kong... it's probably just me, but the smell of Asian cooking doesn't set well with me. I find it hard to even go in to sit and talk with someone. But, I can meet you at the newspaper office, or somewhere else. I won't be able to trade just yet, but I do have some Stevia seedlings trying to pop up. If all goes well, I will give you one of those. It's the "sweet leaf" plant, and is supposed to be great for diabetics, since it is so much sweeter than sugar. Let me know if you'd like one.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Mar 22, 2008, at 6:22 AM

I understand how certain smells can trigger emotions. Chinese is one I happen to like, but after several heart attacks I have just recently been able to handle cafeteria smells.

As you were saying that you could not swap, I was thinking that adding any more was not my intention until you mentioned stevia. I believe I would like that.

For all for those who will get some aloe, do not over water the plant. If you tend to forget to water, this is a good one for you. These will be fresh cuttings, so I will probably not even pot them up to allow the cuts to heal over.

If I have some with roots, then I will pot, but again, do not water much, if at all for the first week or two. If they are true cuttings, you might mist them every few days, but they do not like wet or cool soil.

They are succulents, so plan on a soil with good drainage. Cactus mix, or one third course sand,one third potting soil and maybe a third fine ground rock. Half sand, half potting soil would work also.

My variety does not do well in direct sun outside. They brown out and become unattractive. Bright shade seems best. In fact, ours usually stay in the greenhouse or inside all together.

If your cutting does not survive, 'no worries mate'. I have plenty more.

Craftin_Mom, we are open to other meeting sites. Friday nights seem to be the best time, but the Chamber is usually booked. We are certainly open to other suggestions because we want to include ALL.

If you will write to me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com we can arrange a meeting for the aloe cutting. I will be at the Chamber Thursday night 'cause I am teaching an eBay class that night, or you can send someone in on Friday night at Hong Kong and we can fix you up then.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 22, 2008, at 8:51 AM

By the way, thanks for the neat map. It looks like someone has seen one above us, so MAYBE today??

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 22, 2008, at 12:04 PM

I need to get a hummingbird feeder before they arrive! Maybe I would get lucky?

Does anyone remember where I can get some of that horse manure?

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 10:35 AM

Hi Mary. Sharon should be at the meeting this Friday. If not, I will contact her to put the two of you in touch.

Contact me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Mary - are you planning on going out to get some of the horse manure? We were thinking of going, too. Maybe we can go together? It would save on gas.

-- Posted by cfrich on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 2:44 PM

Sounds GREAT Chantal! Want to discuss it at the meeting this Friday?

-- Posted by Mary on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 1:37 PM

Yes, that sounds good.

Also, I'll bring the dolls you wanted to see on Friday as well.

-- Posted by cfrich on Thu, Mar 27, 2008, at 12:10 PM


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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.