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How about a garden meeting this Friday? Misc. notes from the garden.

Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 5:02 PM

I need to find out before much later if there are enough people to put together a meeting.

The rain sure smelled nice today. That along with the mild temps made me want to get in the garden. Well, not IN the garden but at least I went out and harvested some Chinese cabbage. Just a few outer leaves have been nipped from the freezes lately.

While I was passing some plants I brought in from the garden to overwinter, they tugged on my sleeve to be fed. I had a brand new bottle of fish emulsion that sure interested our cats. I only do a few plants at a time in the house. Does anyone know what the trout farm off Hwy 41 does with their waste?

Our tomato and eggplant are coming back after the move in. I have never had great success with doing this but the cilantro, dill and peppermint are doing well. The peppermint outside is holding on well, so I may give those away this spring.

Writing this made me think about the catnip I brought in. They are staying fresh but don't have much root growth. These are not needed either since they come back like weeds but Debbi says the need to start new plants is a vice of mine.


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Catnip? Why not start some dandelions too?

I should be able to make it this Friday.

Where will it be?

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 7:18 PM

I'm going to try to be with you this Friday. I'd like some of the catnip if you have some extra.

-- Posted by Ms Jere on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 8:29 PM

I'd like to come,too.

Hmmm...

Maybe we could get permission to plant catnip in isolated spots in some of our public parks.

Douse it with fish emulsion then do some sort of trap-and-release program with the felines that come to check it all out.

If we confined ourselves to vaccinations and neutering the boys,we'd make a lot of headway.

(Spaying and adoption programs could follow.)

Having a colony of healthy,neutered ferals would help keep out unaltered intruders.

Those that did manage to join existing groups could be neutered,vaccinated and put back with the rest of the population.

Feral kittens and any tame cats could be socialized as pets/therapy animals and adopted.

Other neutered felines could be "employed" as barn cats.

Such a program could make good use of any surplus catnip and concentrate ferals and wandering tame cats to specific areas so they could be kept healthy and their numbers could be reduced in a humane manner.

Killing strays just leaves a void for the next unaltered group to fight,breed,contract disease and trespass where they're not wanted.

Managed colonies allow the cats that aren't going to be re-homed to live out their days with far more comfort,freedom,dignity and safety than they'd have making it on their own.

If the catnip could help accomplish that,it might soothe our spirits even more than catnip tea.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 4:55 AM

Last place we met was Fifty and Fiddles. I will get a note to the T-G.

The catnip had not rooted yet, but I can bring the cuttings. I have a lot of trouble growing this in pots, but it is wild outside.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:36 PM

I thought about it as I headed out the door that we need to make sure F&F does not have a Christmas Party. Anyone heard from Barbara?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 3:39 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.