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Weed'em & Reap and other garden things

Posted Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 8:39 PM

Weed'em & Reap garden club meets this coming Friday June 10th at the New Century Chinese Restaurant at 510 Madison Street.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the back party room. We should wrap up around 8:30 and everyone is welcome.

This is our last meeting before we shift into Summer mode which is once a month, so don't let it slip your mind.

On side notes, has anyone ever moved a LARGE high-bush blueberry plant? I would guess the bush is 8-10 feet in diameter. What size root ball would need to be dug with it?

I believe two of my gardens are going to be retired to permanent perennial fruit beds. When the garlic, potatoes and beets come out of there. Blueberries, and raspberries, maybe boysenberry and I may move one of my fig trees there as well.

I am babying the few catnip we found. I thought sure we would get some rain today, but so much for watching the forecast. In fact, I need to leave for a moment to put some water on another one found a few hours ago.

Did you miss me? Mission accomplished. Big Boy and PITA supervised and I seemed to pass their inspection.

Speaking of missing someone, it has been a few weeks since Miss Sophie had to leave us and I still find myself checking her bed as I get up from my desk She was such a constant companion, it just does not seem right.

Oh well, no more reminiscing.


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We still have a few cicadas hanging around. They missed the big party but I home they find their purpose. Anyone else still have them?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 5, 2011, at 8:40 PM

We still have some. One of our dogs likes to bark at them, and their empty shells.

-- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Jun 5, 2011, at 9:24 PM

Their empty shells don't say much but our neighbor's dog barked all day at a mushroom that had come up over night, so I understand. Well, sort of.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 5, 2011, at 9:35 PM

I still have a few cicadas, but the dogs have thinned them down a LOT!

Ok...no rain and 95+ degree weather since May 26th is going to make another non-producing garden year. It seems to be doing the same thing as last year-I need some rain!(or cooler weather)

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 11:23 AM

Definitely BOTH. Not just one or the other Lord.

I've even stopped my logging, which should give time to garden, but the heat and the dry just puts me into maintenance mode.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 4:17 PM

I have about used all my rainbarrel water so hoping and praying for that wonderful skywater. I have a friend who has barrels at all 4 corners of his garage with spill ports at the top of each barrel to route to an auixlary barrel giving him 8 barrels. He puts a non-toxic liquid to control misquitoes and filters water coming from downspout through a fine wire mesh. I really like his system. Will try to get a picture of it for you.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 5:00 PM

Sounds good. I still have to post your other pictures. I was amazed at the height of those Egyptian onions (waling onions) Hopefully tonight and then you can let people know more about them.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 5:49 PM

My neighbors recently gave me some onions that they grew that were awesome! Very mild and sweet!

I think they told me that the onions were a Texas sweet variety--I may have to find and plant some next year!

By the way, speaking of sweet, I have about 10 Sweet Dumpling Squash plants that I would love to give away, but I don't want to pot them up in this heat if I don't find any takers. You think I can give them away at the garden club meeting? I don't want to bring them if nobody takes them....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 8:44 PM

I believe it would be best for folks to speak up here if they want some. Otherwise I would not bring more than a few since you lose a lot of your pots that way.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 9:51 PM

espoontoon, I would love to have a sweet dumpling squash plant. Also, do you have two extra pepper plants that I could put in the planters at work?

I have 9 4"-square single pots and 2 2"/6-pack starter pots that I will give you at our next meeting. ...so sorry I missed the last meeting- hope to see everyone on Friday.

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 1:05 PM

No problem! I'm going to plant a lot of things today-I don't want to in this heat, but I have no choice-and I'll pot a few of the Bolivian Rainbow peppers and Sweet Dumpling Squash. I wasn't able to make the last meeting, but Judy was kind enough to take some plants for me.

Since I'm feeling generous, if anyone could use a vine, I have some Chilean Glory Vines that I'm planting today (hopefully), and I could bring one...

And thanks in advance for the pots. I always need the smaller ones after I give away or swap plants...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 8:46 AM

And I was kind enough to take a few of those plants home. In fact, a few made it to Murfreesboro.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 9:53 AM

I have a small pot full of little peace lilies that must be divided and repotted. I'll bring three to the meeting if anyone is interested....

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 12:04 PM

Peace Lilies are tough plants and do not require a lot of light. If someone has a little less than green thumb, this would be a good indoor plant.

http://www.plant-care.com/peace-lily-spa...

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 2:30 PM


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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.