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Weed'em and Reap will be at a member's home this Friday

Posted Monday, October 13, 2008, at 10:29 PM

Since this blog can be read world wide, I will refrain from giving personal details but Jere Roberts will host this Friday's meeting of our garden club.

For those of you who know her, the invitation is open to all. For those who might need more information, contact me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com and I will fill you in.

Some side notes on the garden:

I got an interesting surprise today as I pulled dried stalks of sweet corn to throw on the compost pile. I opened some dried ears to find perfectly sweet and tender corn inside. I mean the husks were brown, but the corn inside was great. I ate my share right there in the garden and brought the rest in for others to eat at dinner.

The Bok Choy was great in stir fry along with the last of green beans, and tomatoes keep coming. I have not had success in years past, but once again I am thinking of bringing a tomato in to the greenhouse to see if I can overwinter it AND get a few early/late tomatoes.

Another GREAT benefit of a fall garden is the lack of bugs. The only thing around seems to be stink bugs and they don't do much harm. I really wish we had better rain.

Last week while in the Carolina's I tried to get some mustard and turnip seeds. The only thing I found was a mix of turnip, mustard and radishes. Has anyone grown radishes for a green? Could be interesting.

Got to make some watercress soup this week. The water garden is once again being overrun and it is a bit of self defense to eat it. Last time we had it as a green in a broth soup. This time I might puree it and try creamed watercress with a heavy cream base. Anyone have favorite watercress recipes?

As warm as it is it is hard to imagine a killing frost, but it is about time. I believe October 15th is our average first frost in this area. I need to get on the firewood anyway, so a killing frost might be the motivator I need.

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That is very nice of Ms. Roberts.

Alas, I'm sure we MUST attend a football game somewhere.

I returned the Barbara Kingsolver book; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, back to the library yesterday, if anyone is interested in checking it out. But, its more of a late winter read. JMO

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:45 AM

It sounded interesting, so maybe......... when I get my other "to do's" caught up.

On a sad note, I believe we are about to lose one of our oldest cats soon. She came with the house over 17 years ago so she has had a good run, but...

Tiger has chosen to stop eating and only drink water. We have tried all kinds of canned foods including pure tuna from our shelves and heavy cream, but she seems to have lost all interest.

We will respect her wishes and are not going to prolong things by force feeding her. She seems comfortable, but very tired. I've given her a few messages to pass on to Cooper for us.

I do not recall a promise from our Lord that we will have our pets back again, but since it is going to be a reward and all good, I can't imagine not having them there. Another thing to look forward to.

Speaking of pets, we raised a Blue Jay that fell out of a nest some years back. He (I guess he) eventually rejoined his compatriots many years ago, but we have one particular BJ that continues to remind us when we have not filled one a particular feeder or clean the bird bath.

Brandon used to land on our head or shoulder and this bird has not done that, but he gets REAL close at times. I thought at best it might be an offspring that he taught to visit our house but I have just found out that BJ's have been documented to live over 17 years in the wild. Hmmm, could be.

We continue to hear how little animals, birds and fish have little memory, but we continue to see opposite in nature. Our goldfish pond is 20 feet away from the house, but when we open the sliding glass door, they all congregate at one end of the pool to await their food. Pavlovian yes, but that is also memory.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:28 AM

Did you like the Kingsolver book?

I liked parts of it, but I did not like her tone thoughout the book. I have a copy I can lend out if anyone wants to borrow it.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 1:50 PM

Sorry about Tiger, Steve.

I really liked the book! It got me really excited about gardening. Although, I would not be able to do like her with the meat situation, nor would I be able to live without bananas.

I learned alot about the fuel used in the transportation of our food and high-fructose corn syrup usage.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:15 PM

What is the Kingsolver book? I know a lot of foods have high-fructose corn syrup in it, but has anyone noticed the commercials for it on TV currently. They have even started a web site: http://www.hfcsfacts.com/, which is quite interesting.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 12:38 AM

It IS interesting and I do not know where the bad rap has come from BUT, as with politics I have found that in advertising the "Devil is in the details". What are they NOT telling us?

They give the specific ratio of fructose to sucrose in comparing sugar, but get vague when it comes to HFCS. " 42 percent or 55 percent fructose, with the remaining sugars being primarily glucose and higher sugars" Why the vagueness? What are "higher sugars"?

Yes I know I am suspicious, but advertising and politics has done that to me.

Under their listing of benefits, none say it is good for us. I think it is generally accepted that too much sugar is not good for us, so how much does HFCS inject into us as compare to regular sugar?

Does the book go into that in a factual way or at least show where we can get more facts? That could be equally as interesting.

So where did the bad rap come from and why? I truly don't know, so if someone can tell us.....

I know this is off the original topic, but that is not unusual and if this is what we want to discuss, so be it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 7:45 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.