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Garden club meeting coming up this Friday, February 18th

Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 2:15 PM

Weed'em & Reap is here again. Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Celebration Assisted Living on Union Street in Shelbyville.

If these past and next few days don't have your gardening blood going, stop by and we will give you a check-up.

An update opn my soil blocks, the seedlings WERE doing fine until I had some soil gnats starting to show up so I sprayed a mixture of soap, and horticultural oil on the soil and lightly on the seedlings. Catastrophe! I lost 4 out of ten seedlings and a few others don't look so good.

Next time I will use fly paper to trap the little buggers and leave the spray for when they get true leaves. That mix does not hurt plants, but lesson learned. At least no gnats.

Found a perfect dispenser to apply my diatomaceous earth on our pets. A Parmesan cheese shaker. It is small enough that it does not intimidate our pets and the holes are large enough to let a feasonable amount of DE out.

One caveat (word of caution) about storage. I was doing our inside cats in the kitchen and put it down on the kitchen table. You might be ahead of me now, but I was eating spaghetti the other night and sprinkled it on my food instead of Parmesan. Duh!

My wife got a great kick out of it and since it was food grade I went ahead and ate it (with real Parmesan as well), BUT, the shaker is now OFF the table!

It is time to plant my sugar snap peas. I may have to protect them a few times but they do not do well in hot weather and our Springs usually pop quick into Summer heat so I will take the chance.


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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.

THIS WILL NOT AFFECT FRIDAY'S MEETING PLACE.

-- 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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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.