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We are one week away from the start of a new season for Weed'em & Reap

Posted Friday, January 14, 2011, at 3:39 PM

Keeping your feet warm may be on your mind right now, but the beauty of winter gardening is planning for a new season. If you are planning to grow cool weather plants from seed, ornamental or vegetable, you need to start planning NOW! If not, we will be in summer temps before you know it.

I know, I know, it was cold as *#! last night and we still have plenty of snow on the ground but when it finally does warm up, there will be so many other things to do and before you know it, the Spring season is gone.

So what to do? Well, come to our first garden club meeting of the year and join in the conversation about seed starting, soil blocks, seed starting soil, good recycled things to use as pots and much more. Deb's mother HAS TO save everything and anything that can be re-used so we have a unique collection of planting containers. (The saving virus was implanted by a government conspiracy back during THE Depression.)

I am purposely not giving the location, date and time because I do not want people to show up tonight. It is NEXT week, but we can certainly start talking about it.

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Yes it is the 21st. I gave it to the paper last Thursday and just confirmed it was in yesterday's paper. You are right, I need to create the separate blog. Good to hear from you espoontoon!

Chicken wire laid on the top fo the sol or just underneath mulch, usually stops them from burying. I tried the hot pepper and repellents but it went away too soon and was not very effective (for me).

To me, stopping their eating habits was a tougher thing when we did not have dogs in the yard. (except PITA) To put a cage of chicken wire around each plant was a hassle to do and to harvest. I have seen some folks build an actual walk-in cage, but that is extreme to me.

Anyone have any ideas?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 12:15 PM

Steve: So is it on the 21st? We're coming up on it, if so.

It might be a good idea to post the time and place...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:27 AM

Both Steve. It is starting to irritate me as John Wayne Says.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 5:11 PM

In my younger years, I ate a fair amount of pan-fried squirrel, squirrel and dumplings and squirrel stew but that would cramp their skipping around.

Now-a-days I am on the side of your wife, but there is always a limit. Are they burying things or eating the fruits of your labors?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 3:12 PM

My problem in my patio garden is a passle of squirrels. Can't dispose of them as my wife loves to watch them hop skipping all over the yard.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 1:02 AM

Instead of a hand grenade then, how about a reverse anti-aging pill?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 16, 2011, at 12:54 PM

Look at the bright side as she gets older she will settle down some.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Sun, Jan 16, 2011, at 8:51 AM

You have the patience of a saint. Fresh out of grenades, unfortunately.

-- Posted by cats4me on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 6:34 PM

My biggest challenge to starting seeds is called PITA. She struck again last night.

One plant was trimmed of 60% of its leaves (it is a leafy ornamental) and the other one was a Jade plant about to flower and now in pieces. Anyone have a spare hand grenade with which I can play fetch?

We love all animals and PITA is no different but I now know what parents feel when their child goes astray.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 3:46 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.