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Garden Alert: Watch for frost Thursday night and Friday! Is your chimney clean and ready?

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 10:47 AM

Most of us may be ready but I am still nursing a few frost sensitive plants I need to be protecting. I really want to keep a catnip all winter as well, so I need to start working on that as well.

It is also a good reminder for me to check my wood-burning chimney and clean it for the start of a new season. Might even use it tomorrow night. Heck, tonight!

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I need to check them out too. Doing the front clean-out tomorrow. Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 10:26 PM

Got the guards at Lowes. 3 foot sections that slide under the shingle and snap on the gutter. Will have to see how they hold up. I installed them myself, so wasn't too expensive a "trial".

-- Posted by Equinepro on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 8:06 PM

No frost here. Not sure that it went below 36 and being on the hill the cold just rolled off.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 21, 2011, at 9:19 AM

I think I got a little aggressive on the fire tonight. I am having to change back into summer garb.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 11:27 PM

I will be interested to hear how the gutter guards work and if you bought them from an installer or a store.

Good catch on the chimney tile.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 11:25 PM

Cleaned my gutters and this year installed gutter guards. Sure hope they work well. Cleaned the chimney and discovered a hole in one of the tiles. Now I have to find someone to fix it before I use it. Was looking forward to a nice fire. Anyone know a good Chimney repair person?

-- Posted by Equinepro on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 6:24 PM

I was there last week so maybe I have a few healthy weeks ahead. Thanks quantumcat.

The first fire is in progress and I rest easy knowing I have wood galore to feed the fire. Still have to bring it close to the house but I think instead of stacking it in the usual place, I will leave it on the 16' trailer. Why handle it twice more?

I am grateful that the metal chimney appears to have another healthy season ahead of it. I don't know what the lifespan of a dual-wall chimney pipe is, but it seems to have been MANY years ago since I did more than clean it.

I usually clean it twice a burning season and do my best to burn 1 year old or older wood in it, so maybe it is the result of good clean burning.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 6:55 AM

Take care. We don't want you to get sick.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 1:58 AM

Well, my chimney seems to be ready, the wood furnace is cleaned and stocked with wood and paper, ready to light. After all that work, it does not seem chilly any more, but....

I just cleaned my gutters last week but the recent breezes and rain have filled them up again. Got one side cleared, and tomorrow the other.

Somehow, fall slipped up on me. I usually start dreading the shorter days and hate getting up in the dark, but things have been so busy and life has been so ..... something, that I never got a chance to mourn Summer's passing.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 5:38 PM

We stocked up on hot chocolate for the kids for this week.

And I would like to remind people to check on their animals that are left outside as well.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 12:59 PM

I'd like to put some catnip in my back yard for the neighborhood felines to enjoy... I may get some this spring.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 11:36 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.