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Garden Gleanings and other ramblings

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2008, at 8:49 AM

Early Sunday morning is great for reviewing the past and planning the future week. As I was doing so, I remembered that I forgot to mention that our hummingbirds are back. They seemed a little late this year, but we were ready for them.

After the storm I noticed that they were coming up to the feeder, but not going in for a sip. Since the water had not been changed for a week, I thought they were making a statement about the quality of their food, but after a closer look, I am wondering about a small twig (2") that was blown behind the flower (plastic of course) on one side. After I removed it, feeding went back to normal.

Maybe someone can give us an idea of what might have been going on in those bird's minds that stopped them from feeding. Could they have been worried that it was a snake? Is there some other predator that would be similar to a twig?

I made a batch of food to replace the original but it does not seem to be needed. I hate to waste their food, so I guess I will see if I can store it for a few more days in the refrigerator.

After we got back from two auctions yesterday (empty handed), I was determined to get back on listing eBay items. Great plan, but it did not work. We decided that since the "storm" put a tree on our neighbor's house that we should check our property for damage.

No trees down that we could see, but I confirmed my fears that our native watercress had taken a big hit from last year's drought. Guess I need to share some of our watercress with Mother Nature.

As I was coming in to start my declared objective to list, my veggie plants shouted out at me for re-planting. When I got into it, there were a LOT more needing attention so several more hours passed. I finally ran out of larger containers but the biggest were rescued.

Maybe after this next frost, I will chance putting them out. After all, it is coming smack dab on the date of our average last frost, so I won't be too crazy. Will I?

Bundle up for the next few nights. At our garden meeting Mike asked what we all were going to do about frost and I had not planned on doing much, but looking out the window today makes me re-think that idea.

Our clematis is coming on strong (I can never decide how to pronounce that word, glad I am just writing it) and a few hardy plants I moved out from the greenhouse might benefit from extra protection.

I booted up the computer finally around 6:30. I just had to answer a few e-mails and make some changes to a presentation I am giving on Tuesday, but before I knew it, it was 9:30! Dang it! Another listing day lost.

But today............

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I could definitely bring some plants if it was on Saturday.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 4:36 PM

Nancy from Hong Kong told us you had to leave. In fact, I saw you taking your food as we pulled in to a space. Hope all worked out OK.

We are scheduled again for Friday the 25th and are still missing those that had expressed interest in attending, so PLEASE try to come.

I was wondering if Saturday night might be better?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 7:30 AM

Sorry I missed the other night. I got a call about a problem at home and my husband wasn't home so I had to leave.

I haven't planted anything yet. We are going to till our little patch this weekend, so it's not too late. I don't have time until June to seriously tend to veggies. I started building a new planter by the front door, but it was too cold for me this past weekend and I had to get grades ready anyway. Maybe it'll get done this weekend.

I have only had one or two hummers and they were BIG!! Buzzed my head yesterday afternoon as I was refilling the feeder.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Wed, Apr 16, 2008, at 11:35 AM

Yeah, it's supposed to get near freezing tonight, and I took that into consideration. But, I saw the forcast for next week, and it looks like we're good to go with high's in the 80's and low's in the 50's. But, my maters are in upside down buckets, and I have an overnight spot to hang them inside just for tonight, and any other "emergency" nights.

Steve, thanks for your offer of finding someone to till for me. I finally got a neighbor of mine, and he agreed to plow for me Saturday. But, I may still need a tiller to break up any clods. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks so much! I'll be in contact.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 7:07 PM

HOPEFULLY, we are now "out of the woods" for frost, but it might still be good to wait another week or so before planting your warm weather crops. Most gardeners I speak to see little improvement in early planting and in fact think the plants they planted last did better.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 6:28 PM

craftin_mom, I think you already contacted me, but I have not heard back from you as to where you live. DON'T DO IT HERE.

I will then try to find you someone in your area that can till your garden. It is not too late for cukes or watermelons. Unless you live in Bell Buckle or on the East side of BB, it will not be me, but give it a try.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 6:26 PM

We've had 1 hummer coming in every 30 minutes or so. He's been at my feeder almost 2 weeks now. I look forward to June, when the swarms start on the Southward migration.

I have about 6 or 7 bluebirds plucking up worms in my backyard today. I really need a birdhouse. I just keep forgetting to get one.

Got my upside down maters started today in a couple of 5 gallon buckets. They're hanging from an old swingset that's too dangerous and unstable for an actual swing, but just the right height for hanging plants. So, I thought I'd give the upside down tomatoes a chance this year.

I wish I could find someone to till up my small plot this year. I fear it's too late, now. I was hoping to put out some watermelons and cukes. But, my FIL sold his tiller. He's not into gardening much anymore, so now I don't have anyone to dig up my plot. Oh well.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 12:54 PM

I took the advice from the meeting and covered up some, not all, of my plants and brought containers inside. Glad I did!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 8:19 AM

We may be up to two hummers or one VERY hungry one. Have not seen them together yet, so....

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 14, 2008, at 12:08 PM

We heard someone at church Wed. night say that a hummingbird had shown up that day at their house. We got busy Fri. & put out our 2 feeders, but no little ones have shown up yet.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 10:05 PM

Your hummingbirds may have mistaken the twig for a praying mantis - these insects, when large enough, will "prey" on hummers.

Clematis - clem atis - emphasis on 1st syllable and "atis" is sort of run together.

-- Posted by 1HourataTime on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 9:53 PM

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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.