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Garden fun, save money, enjoy new plants and new friends!

Posted Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 11:38 AM

Neat looking seed. Egg-shaped chocolate cookies with cream coming out one side
That kind of wraps up what will happen tonight at Hong Kong restaurant on Madison Street in Shelbyville. We hang out together, talk about gardening, and swap seeds, plants and garden wisdom.

I was getting my seeds ready for planting and decided to put a value on the seeds and plants I have received for the garden group, starting with last fall's seeds. Just one batch of purple hyacinth beans priced out over $20 without shipping from a seed company. http://home.att.net/~larvalbugbio/hyacin...

By the time I added herbs, and seeds, I had totaled more than $100 and I really have not counted everything yet.

Have fun and get paid for it too? We have no dues, so I get to eat with friends and save or make over $100 AND try new plants that I probably would have missed if I had to pay for them.

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Time flew by tonight and we ended up closing the restaurant. I have to remember to bring watercress, catnip, peppermint, lemon mint to the next meeting which will be May 2nd. Same place, same time.

Sandy, thanks for bringing your smiling face to you meeting. We look forward to seeing you again.

As I write this a bullfrog is serenading us through the patio door. I watched a National Geographic show today that showed just how hungry these babies can get. They will eat other frogs, mice and even birds!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 18, 2009, at 10:06 PM

I love bullfrogs, they are so neat. They make this squeeky scream noise when threatened. My cat Freddie brought one home one day. Boy was it mad at him.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 7:37 AM

I missed all you guys so much.

I was able to get a few plants down in Huntsville, though there was not a whole lot there. I picked up some licorice and sage!

Next meeting I will be bringing some more oregano, cilantro, thyme and maybe some mint! It looks like my dill is coming back up this year and hopefully I will be able to share that really soon with everyone!

I finally got my garden tilled over my garden after having issues with my tiller and now its ready to plant!

I can't wait to see you all again soon!

-- Posted by tamerajesch on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 8:42 PM

Thanks Tamera. I was able to taste a snippet of the chocolate mint this morning and was pleased.

It did have a hint of chocolate.

I mentioned at the meeting last week that my apple mint has a different taste, but I don't know where the 'apple' came from.

Mike asked us to check out a chocolate vine on the net but taste and smell was rarely mentioned so we presume it was from color. It also seems to be quite invasive, while hard to start from seed so I think we all decided to take it off our list.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 1:25 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.