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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
Chiggers, coffee, seedlings, gardens, hummers, etc.Posted Monday, April 20, 2009, at 9:51 AM
A few years back my brother in law came to visit in July and when our dog and cat came up missing he helped look for them in our woods. It never dawned on me to prepare him for chiggers. He swears he will never be back.
I get a few bites from them and ticks during the year but if I know I am going to be walking in brush, tall grass etc. I prepare for them. Well, I forgot. I really wasn't in the woods or in tall grass but I reworked the flower bed around our mailbox and DID NOT PREPARE.
It did not even dawn on me when I started itching, but it wasn't long before the bell went off. Anyone with a good dose of chiggers knows what I am talking about and if you don't know, pray you never will.
But other than that, the weekend went well. Got more seeds planted, more have sprouted and I prepared a tray of potting soil and soaked it overnight for the next round of seeds. I noticed that yellow squash and zucchinis beat the Oriental squash I planted at the same time.
In fact, I just went out to see if they had popped up overnight. Nope. While I was out, I also put more water on the seed starting mix. Sometimes that peat moss is tough to get wet.
Richard sent me an update on his garden and I will be posting it soon to our Weed'em and Reap page. I sure am envious of his soil, but as he points out, it did not just happen and is a continuous work in progress.
I brewed a 'cup of Joe' a little while back and the smell of the coffee sure had me reminiscing for our coffee shops. My wife does not even like coffee but she has to agree that the smell is great. Here are some ideas on how that terminology 'cup of Joe' came about. http://ask.yahoo.com/20061016.html
I mentioned that I have the hummingbird feeder up. Well, make it two feeders right now. The hummers were picking on each other so much, I put up another. The crazy birds came to the new one and ignored the other. Maybe they liked the warmth of the fresh sugar brew. (not hot, just warm)
I was curious if the constant fighting was really fighting or courtship. It seems that it could be both, but I noticed that suddenly the fighting seemed to stop and they were sharing opposite sides of the feeder. In the process of answering a few more questions of my own about hummers, I ran across this site for the Ruby Throat which in prominent in our area. http://www.rubythroat.org/Contents.html Be sure to look at some of their trip notes into Guatemala.
Have a good Monday, scratch, scratch.
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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.
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