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Garden club meeting this Friday the 16th

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11:50 PM

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Fig jaws of Bell Buckle
We meet at the New Century Chinese restaurant on Madison Street in Shelbyville. All are welcome, no officers, no dues, just friends talking about gardens.

Come early to eat with us or get there around 7:00 when we start getting serious.

Anyone else's figs looking strange lately? I think the over abundance of rain two weeks ago caused ours to look like exotic fruit from another world. They burst open before they were ripe and do not seem to be ripening in the house.

Tamera, I did not lose all the chocolate mint you gave me. I forgot that I had moved some to another part of the yard and noticed it today as I mowed. Sweet!

Got a large load of wood chips today from local trimming crews. I hope the pile will grow in the days ahead. Plenty of projects for them.


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One of my friends sent me this "how to" video on planting and harvesting donut seeds. They seem to grow fast, so there might be time to get it in before frost. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 11:45 AM

Thanks to jbillswm our meeting tonight has been broadcast to the Middle Tennessee Plant Swap group via Facebook.

We are getting famous! Well,..... better known, anyway.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 10:58 AM

We had a relatively small meeting last night so we are really appreciative of those who came.

Several contacted me to tell me they were not able to make it but those unaccounted for, we missed you and hope your reason for missing was not ill health or other emergency.

As you might expect, we discussed my figs and decided that I had in fact, been visited by aliens. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it will take a while to get used to the picture above.

Does anyone have success growing veggies around walnut trees? We refreshed or expanded our verbiage last night by discussing the allopathic chemicals of walnuts affecting other plants.

Seems the juglone causes many plants to grow poorly or not at all. The experts seem to say keep affected plants 60-80 feet away from the tree, but it is not clear if they are measuring from the trunk or the roots, which can extend past the outer edge of the tree limbs.

Container gardening is recommended which is what our group decided before we researched on the internet. A raised bed can become a large "container" by putting a root barrier at the bottom of the bed and not using any soil from within that 80 foot circle of the walnut tree.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 17, 2011, at 9:22 AM

My husband said that the roots of the walnut tree are toxic. His grand father had a lot walnut trees and never could get gardens to grow near them for that reason.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 9:58 AM

But it sure is pretty wood and the smell of fresh split walnut is divine, at least to me.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 7:56 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.