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Gardening fever is starting to rise. Will you join us?Posted Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 10:20 AM
Tomato re-planted and a cold frame in development
We are changing the day AND moving to Celebration Way Assisted Living 895 Union St. in Shelbyville. Thanks to Mary Ann Steelman and member Jere Roberts, we will be able to use their meeting room from now on (unless we get too rowdy). We can bring food if we did not have a chance to eat, andr occasionally we might organize a "covered dish" meeting.
As before, ALL are invited. It does not matter if you have never grown a thing or a 95 year expert. We want to have you join us. I am not aware if we have doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs, but you are welcome too! Get the idea? ANYONE. While we have a few characters, I don't think we have any aliens, so invite them too!
This prolonged winter is really getting old. My fever is rising and there are limited things to do. Not that I don't still have plenty, but it is not actively gardening so I am starting to force the issue.
I mentioned wanting to start a cold fame and I did so last weekend. It uses the south side of our greenhouse for the back and the rock garden as the base, but I will not be planting in the garden soil.
Instead, I have a layer of black roof shingles on the soil and I will place seed trays on that. The black shingles should help gather heat and hold down any unwanted weeds coming up from the soil. I dug out the iris, mints and daffodils and relocated them. After the seed starting season is over, I will dismantle it and plant some annuals.
I need to make some sides for it today and bring soil around the base to seal off the bottom. At first I won't worry about the irregularities under the front wood base to allow airflow. If it causes too much heat loss, I will fill it in with something. I can run an extension cord from the greenhouse if supplemental heat is needed.
The cats down the road are doing well. They disappeared for a few days and I feared the worst, but all are accounted for and in one piece. I sat with them about 30 minutes this morning and BW sat on my lap while the others ate or moved around me.
Last night we caught one of our house cats on the other side of the road while we were feeding the strays. I never knew him to cross the road, so he might be curious about the "family down the street". Another reason to either bring them up, I guess.
I read a 26 year old Organic Gardening last night and saw where there is some basis for chilling tomato plants for two weeks after sprouting. It seems that if the seedlings are in 50-55 degree temps for two weeks after emerging, they grow bushier, and produce more than those pampered in 70+ degrees. In that case, I might have one that qualifies.
Today I re-potted my first tomato plant into a gallon milk jug to give it room. Actually it is my last tomato, from last year that is, so it may not be the same as a young sprout. I over-wintered a cutting for the past two years trying to get earlier tomatoes. In fact, I had to cut some blossoms of this one. I have an eggplant I did the same with, so this one needs replanting soon.
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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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