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Cat & garden update. One group is growing, the other, not so much.Posted Monday, October 19, 2009, at 7:03 PM
Just got in from a "walk-about" and thought I would give you an update on the cats and then the garden.
The five young cats and older Siamese-like cat are doing fine. When I went down this morning my heart jumped in my throat because there was a "road-kill" about 30 feet from their tree. It turned out to be an opossum and while I hate to see any animal lose their life, I was relieved it was not one of our kitties.
By noon the buzzards had done their job and all evidence was removed, but we are still in fear every day. The momma cat is indeed NOT a momma. Why a male cat is hanging around them, I am not sure, but maybe it is their poppa. He came down among them today and no one seemed upset, so.....
We are now able to pet "poppa" and checked him out. Except for one tick that I removed, he seems to be doing well. However, he darted out into the road when Debbi drove by this afternoon, so he may not be a ward of the Mills family for long. Debbi thinks he knows the sound of our vehicles by now.
SOMEONE came over the hill and past the cats this morning at a HIGH rate of speed. I would guess 60+ and this is on a blind hill, on a curvy, country road. I hope it was worth the chances they were taking.
I sat with the cats for a while during lunch and they all came around, but only one came close enough to touch. They are definitely staying in their new condo, so they should be warm, dry and cozy.
Now some garden news.
I had some frost on the truck this morning, but very few plants lost any leaves to the cold. I pulled a few begonias to over-winter and harvested everything I could yesterday, but it does not appear to have been necessary. Did anyone get hit?
Since I still have lemon mint, chocolate mint (thanks Tami) pineapple sage (thanks Mike) and peppermint (thanks to some magazine that had a free packet of seeds a few years back), I decided to make some cuttings for winter, BUT I will make some tea first. I can't decide if I will combine some or brew them individually. Any suggestions.
Our figs are coming in way too late, but I brought in a few more tonight. Mommy is making some soup from some bok choy, fuzzy melon bitter melon and I might just slip in a fig or two for sweetness. Could be worse.
I noticed a lot of garlic chive seeds ready to save. Maybe I will get some for the next garden meeting. My artichokes are still growing, so I guess I will protect them another year to see if they do better in their third year. We only got one out of the second year growth.
Garlic is starting to come back up. I sure hope they are bigger than the past two years. I must be doing something wrong, but I am not really doing ANYTHING, so maybe that is what is wrong. I planned to divide them and make a larger planting, but.... so much for plans.
Anyone else want to talk about their garden? I hate to ramble all by myself.
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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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