Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden club meeting tonight at Parkway Cafeteria (formerly Richard's)

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010, at 9:55 AM
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  • Well the warm weather got me itching to work in the garden. I ran the mower and bagger over the yard to pick up the last of the loose leaves. I spread out the piles of leaves that I had not tilled in last fall along with the fresh piles from today. I fired the tractor up and tilled in the leaves so they can start decomposing faster. The lower end of the garden that I tilled in last fall, is very loose and fluffy from the decomposed leaves adding lots of organic matter to the clay soil. Now it won't be long before I start planting.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 9:05 AM
  • I agree, this weather was SUPER! Half my Saturday was spent gathering wood and the afternoon with our daughter in Murfreesboro.

    Richard, You did not have any issue with wet soil? Do you also collect grass clippings from your lawn service or mulch them on site?

    Today I started a project I have been thinking about for a few years. I had to dig out a rock garden at the front of the greenhouse to get rid of some monkey grass, iris, lemon mint, daffodils, phlox and of course some weeds. Best of all, I got to wear shorts and go shirtless for the first time this year! Good thing we do not have neighbors to scare.

    This brought about re-planting which distracted me from the main project, but eventually I started on my cold frames. I am building the structure on top of the rock garden using old wooden windows. This way they will get warmth from the rock wall and the back wall is the greenhouse front wall.

    I planned on using a few sliding glass doors, but I decided they were too heavy for this project. I might use them for another cold frame I intend to build by digging into the side of a hill. The smaller windows can easily be lifted off to work with the plants or slightly tilted when the sun gets too hot.

    I placed black shingles on the soil to discourage any growth from weeds and to gather warmth from the sun. I will place my seed trays on top of these. If needed, I can run electricity underneath to add supplemental heat.

    I am making it modular so that later this spring I can remove it and plant annuals. The modular sides will also let me expand or reduce the size as needed.

    All this finally came about because of PITA, our newest stray. I know my plants will not survive in the greenhouse, so I was forced to do something else.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 8:17 PM
  • I was able to do a LOT of tree trimming...wasn't able to get much else done. I swear, I could use about a week off with the same type of weather to get more outside stuff done.

    Pyrethrums---I didn't know they were so hardy! I have some growing leaves right now-outside, in a container no less!

    I'm interested to see this spring what comes back, and what has died due to the harsh weather conditions. I'm also going to not get too excited about this short warm spell. I have a feeling we're still going to get more cold weather later than normal.

    I did start ordering some seeds....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 6:12 AM
  • I think your prediction is about cold weather is about to come true. Darn!

    A full week of the same weather would probably put me down for another full week. The old body can't keep that pace up without paying some dues.

    A few nice days mixed in with some cold ones I can handle, but the past month was getting old. It did help me clean up ALL my old wood though. I have been burning stuff that would embarrass any serious woodsmen (or women, I just could not think of a term to encompass all).

    I too am surprised at how much is coming out after such a long string of cold. I hope my figs held up. I did not cover them again. I think the thing that really bothered them was the late freeze. They already have their sap up and going and zap!

    Espoontoon, did you order from the source you mentioned at the Weed'em & Reap meeting? Any special vendors or random choices?

    Ah well. off to another work week.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 7:58 AM
  • I looked through the catalogs at home and made a list of what I wanted and bought them off ebay....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:47 AM
  • The only place the soil was a little wet was under the piles of leaves from last fall that I did not get spread and tilled in. The section that was tilled in last fall, was loose and fluffy and I could tell the leaves had done a good job of decomposing over the winter. It won't be long before I'll be planting such things as Peas, Greens, and some Cabbage and Broccoli. I have some floating row cover to use if it looks like the temps are going to get too cold.

    I've been busy also, trimming some trees, and shrubs that can be done during the dormant season. It won't be long and I'll be busy starting to put down fertilizer and pre-emergant for summer weeds and spraying cool season weeds like Henbit, dandelions, and such. I'm ready to get back busy, need to fire these big mowers up and make some dollars.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 8:42 PM
  • Hot off the press!! Jere has found us a place for us to meet that sounds ideal. Actually, NO sounds, for those who know what I mean.

    I will make a separate post to make sure everyone has notice.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 1:34 PM
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