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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Some snowy day ramblings from the hill about snow, woodpeckers and seed starting..

Posted Monday, January 10, 2011, at 11:16 AM
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  • Another thought about this snow. PITA has been acting the typical kid. If she knew what a sled was, I think she would use it.

    Since before dawn she has been out by herself jumping at things under the snow (probably non-existent), burying her toys in new places, running full speed across the yard, only to turn and do it again.

    She came up to the house full of snow as if having just left a snow ball fight. Just great fun.

    Sofie is not tall enough to walk through it, so she was like a little plow when she took her morning constitutional. By the time she got back she was covered in it and snow was everywhere on the floor as she bounced in.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 11:26 AM
  • Are the milk cartons from school still biodegradable? I'm concerned about the waxy substance on the outside. I can collect as many as ya'll want, if ya want them. I remember using them to grow plants in science class myself, but I don't remember if they had the waxy coating.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 12:54 PM
  • Milk cartons should be good, but I will double check.

    When the top is cut off, the seal is broken. They will be slower to biodegrade but the wax should eventually let moisture in which will allow microbes to do their thing.

    The individual serving would seem to be an excellent size.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 6:26 PM
  • The "wax" is not wax anymore. It is polyethylene. PE can eventually "fragment" or biodegrade but it is slow.

    The paper between the PE coating will degrade once the PE is ripped.

    It should be safe to start plants, but holes will need to be put in the bottom or sides to let water out.

    They may actually be able to be re-used but I would expect it would not be practical to keep them over winter. At least they would be recycled once.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 6:49 PM
  • I feel awful about missing most of the last meetings. Can't wait to start going back and seeing everyone again!

    -- Posted by welkin61 on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 8:20 PM
  • We look forward to seeing all our neighbors in gardening. We had a WIDE range of ages last year, but we are noticeably missing the 14-28 age bracket.

    Thinking back to my days in that group, I was being tutored in the fine art of weeding and by the time I outgrew the responsibilities (went to college) I really did not want to see a garden again.

    But that changes, so don't lose your momentum. We can keep gardening alive, even if you don't currently have one. What I did by about 26 is turn to indoor gardening.

    No sweat, no frosts, no bugs,(well, maybe mealy bugs and spider mites and....forget about the no bugs), maybe just no human biting bugs.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 7:22 AM
  • I look forward to seeing all of y'all again.

    Maybe,the weather will be co-operative.

    Until then,I'll try to make plans for spring plantings and watch the critters who complain of frostbite when it's 65 degrees outside enjoy their umpty-third session of playing outside and doing their imitations of PITA and the Abominal Snowman.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 5:26 PM
  • The snow seems to have kept PITA out of trouble the past few days. Well...., with the exception of finding my sandals on a shelf when I swapped them out for work boots to get to the truck or get firewood.

    Luckily she takes them to where the truck was parked and there is no snow, so they are easy to find. I guess it is also lucky for both of us that she has not chewed them apart.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 8:30 AM
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