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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Weed'em and Reap on for this Friday.

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at 3:07 PM
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  • Steve, I've never gotten to one of the weed'em and reap meetings. Too much going on Friday nites but anyway, have ya'll discussed/noticed how the dry weather has NOT affected the moles in the yard? They may also be voles....I don't know.

    I was just thinking, as I was over on Chantal's blog about the cemeteries, that the moles and groundhog holes and runs are all over the place!

    Its very frustrating, but at least since the grass has crisped, I don't have to push the mower over them and sprain yet another ankle. ha!

    -- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 2:55 PM
  • I will try to remember to bring it up tonight.

    See, you can even be a e-member of the group. We are easy.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 5:16 PM
  • This has nothing to do with this post, really, but I keep wanting to ask you - have you checked out Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral book? I think it might be of interest to a lot of the people in the gardening club - it's about how Kingsolver and her family decide to 'know' exactly where their food is coming from for a year. I hate her style of writing, but if you can get past it, there's a lot of interesting things in the book.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 5:30 PM
  • I have not read it, but will certainly look it up..

    Of course YOU could bring it up at the meeting. (You had to know that was coming) ;-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 5:40 PM
  • We had the hardcore gardeners at this meeting. Two fig trees given away and a bouquet of zinnia seeds for the coming season.

    We also got to see a new seed and plant catalog. Their website is http://www.plantdelights.com/.

    They have a curious front cover and I have not had time to find out the story behind it. Check it out and maybe you can tell us.

    They appear to have a lot of unique and hard to find plants.

    A mystery gourd was brought in and we used the internet to identify it as a ridged luffa gourd (loofa) AKA Running Okra and Chinese Okra. It is the same plant that develops the luffa sponge but picked early it can be eaten in salads, steamed or added to soups and stews.

    Then we looked at cfrich's suggested reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral book and discussed the Chinese Winter-melon that was brought in. It weighed about 25 pounds and was left with Ricky and Nancy who own the Hong Kong restaurant.

    mmp84, others are having challenges with moles, so you are not alone. Moles are usually after grubs and worms. You may have an abundance of both in addition to nice soft soil.

    Before you pull out the traps or poison you can try buying a product containing milky spore disease, or nematodes that can be soaked into the soil. Both will attack the grubs but not the worms.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 23, 2008, at 9:30 PM
  • Thanks Steve!

    I wanna read Barbara Kingsolvers book too! I just finished Prodigal Summer. It took me until about 100 pages into it, to GET into it. There was a good idea in it for our new culture/religion that has been introduced to our great county.

    -- Posted by mmp84 on Sun, Aug 24, 2008, at 11:48 AM
  • Maybe book reviews would be another good blog topic. I don't get a chance to read many books and reviews and comments might motivate others like me to pick one up.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Aug 24, 2008, at 1:24 PM
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