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Garden ramblings and club meeting this Friday (10th)

Posted Monday, September 6, 2010, at 1:08 PM

We meet every other Friday until a few weeks before Christmas and then start up again in mid-January. Come visit with us folks.

I have REALLY fallen behind with all the hot weather this summer, but what a beautiful weekend we have had. I wish I could say I got a lit done, but the rest of life took precedence.

Has everyone had a large influx of hummingbirds lately? As I sit here watching about 10 do battle for the feeders I wonder how they found us as all. We sit in a small opening of trees and I would think in the scheme of things this opening is a small target. Maybe more and more have flagged it as a watering hole for their trip back South?

We had a problem with one of our cats figuring out how to attack one of the bird feeders this past week. We had to move it further from the house, which means we can not see it as well, but it is better than losing hummers to the cats.

The potted vegetables have just about given up for the season. All except the Bolivian peppers, which continue to decorate the patio.

I think I have learned my lesson about ornamental morning glories. Way too invasive for me and way too prolific. Last year I grew a few and this year I have been pulling them from everywhere, potted plants, cacti gardens, and flower beds that were not even close tot he originals.

We awoke this morning to find that PITA had picked 5 squash, including the bitter melons. I think I will have to have a massive cooking and freezing party very soon. Don't accept any invitations without checking!

Our batch of kittens are ready to go to their new homes. Deb wants to give them all away, her mother wants to keep two and I really don't know how to choose who goes or stays. Even though three of them look alike, they have different personalities and one is especially attached to Momma.

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The hummers are almost dangerous out there right now. I went out to re-fill one and don't know how they missed me.

We have some old feeders we retired over the years and I am tempted to fill them to see if I can relieve some of the pressure and improve air traffic control.

There is a portion of my garden that will be in dire need of amendments this year. I literally bent my spade trying to dig up some carrots. Yikes! I am not following my own advice! After I finish using the jackhammer I will put half the soil on top of a huge compost bin and use it for a garden.

Where I took the soil out will be filled with wood chips and mixed in. This area will sit all winter but the first one may get planted with some bok choy and other winter greens.

I missed a good window of opportunity this past weekend but cooler days will be back. Of course, they may need to be used on repairing the tractor or getting the woodpile restocked, but.... the good intentions are there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 1:18 PM

I would like the cream kitten, if you still have it...please and thank you! :)

-- Posted by cats4me on Fri, Sep 10, 2010, at 4:22 PM

Simon, as we call the cream kitten, seems to have quite a fan base. HE is not only distinctive looking, but also a people cat. BJ and the mousekateers all have endearing personalities too.

The mouskateers are really hard to tell apart. One is still a mama's baby, preferring to nurse, stays out of the original rush for treats and often hides for the first few minutes, but once all three are together, I can't tell one from the other.

Our daughter says there are subtle differences and I think I can see them but my eyes will have to wait for them to grow before I can readily identify them.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 13, 2010, at 8:47 AM

cats4me, we are about to offer the kittens. It has been a small family issue to let Simon go but we will do it to someone who takes one of the other siblings. There are three orange and one black.

Let me know as soon as possible. We plan to offer them to all tomorrow. (Thursday the 16th)

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 1:33 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.