Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden club meeting coming up this Friday, February 18th

Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 2:15 PM
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  • I may stop by the extension service and get a sampling of their brochures. It has been many years since I did that and from past experiences, they always have good reading.

    Did you see the article in yesterday's paper? Stop by to see them yourself if you can not make our meeting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 8:00 AM
  • By the way, soil fertility, soil test and seeding is on the agenda. While at the Extension Office I will pick up a soil testing box and discuss methods of sampling your soil and what you can learn from a test.

    We will also try a home test to determine the composition of your soil. It is not complicated or costly. You basically need a clear jar with lid, water and a sampling of you soil. What you will learn is the clay, silt, sand content of your garden soil.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 8:11 AM
  • We are having more interest in moving our meeting location back to a restaurant. The folks at Celebration Assisted Living have been perfect hosts and it is no reflection on them or their facilities.

    Some feel there is a closer feeling when enjoying our meeting with food. Our covered dish meetings were great, but made some feel hesitant to come because they did not have time to prepare something. I was lucky that Debbi always was up to the task.

    So far the primary contender is our original meeting place, a Chinese Buffet. We had one person who wanted different cuisine but to my knowledge did not come when we moved it to another American food buffet, so....

    If you have an alternate location, ask them about having 10-15 people, and a separated area so we do not bother the other patrons. Since we have no dues, we can not afford a usage fee, so meals will have to be the main incentive and not everyone eats.


    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 5:39 PM
  • Surprisingly, (since they were old, pelleted seeds that had fallen apart)two of my Super Boy Hybrid Tomatoes just sprouted.

    The fungus gnats are gone so you can be sure I will not spray these.

    Although the seeds are in a south facing window,they seem to be getting leggy, so I will probably add some florescent light just a few inches above their tops. I could do that easily in the greenhouse, but inside might be another thing.

    OF course it is warm enough for them but I have a PITA that uses the greenhouse as a dog house and unless I lock everyone out, I need to de-PITA-ize the stand where I would put them. Got an idea for that, so I will keep you posted.

    The only traumatized starts that are not recovering from my assault on the gnats are the Michili cabbage. They were about 4 days younger than the other cabbages.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 18, 2011, at 9:15 AM
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