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Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:21 AM

I posted this on the tail end of the post about the meeting, but thought it might need its own post.

Barbara brought seeds to share, straight from unopened packs. She found a good clearance sale so now many of us will be trying cukes,and tomatoes we would might never gotten around to trying.

I got Cherokee, Charley Chaplin?, Hill Billy (for Kay);-)tomatoes and an Armenian cucumber (cream color). I believe it resembled another one that was white, but I forgot the name.

Two of us shared the Sansevieria mentioned above and it seems just in time to share with others, so my mother will be happy. I got those from her many years ago.

Some interesting and exciting ideas were discussed for the area being developed up on the square. The toughest part might be trying to determine which to do first or can we try two at one time?

We are thinking themed gardens, with exhibition or demonstration plants that mirror the theme, possibly sensory gardens, Civil War, butterfly, Pioneer, herb, enabling, espalier, and on and on. Almost too much to get our head around which is why it is going to be tough to choose one.

Maybe if someone who feels strongly for one type, they will spearhead that one and all of us (plus any one who wants to jump in)will assist in the physical construction? Just a thought?

What else did I forget. What about that website associated with the garden catalog?


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I'll toss my offer out there again, if ya'll want some of these tulips, come and get them. A friend of mine stopped by and she played in the dirt over an hour, I'm sure she grabbed about 150 or so.. and hardly put a dent in the plot. If ya'll want some red tulips (They look alot like Red Riding Hood type) for the uptown plot, just come and get them :D email me lonesome_Dove989@yahoo.com for details.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 2:48 PM

Sorry I missed the meeting. These ideas for gardens sound good--I'll have to think awhile.

Craftin Mom, I've e-mailed you about tulips.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 8:42 PM

For those who wonder how these tulips will fair in our Southern climate, craftin_mom tells us they have been producing for 25+- years so they are definitely comfortable here.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 29, 2012, at 10:27 AM

Sorry I missed the meeting but I am currently in hibernation mode.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jan 29, 2012, at 5:08 PM

You are remarkably alert for hibernation. Maybe next time.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 29, 2012, at 7:39 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to keep the squirrels out of the tulip beds?

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 10:17 AM

In the past, I have layed a single layer of chicken wire over the top of the bed before I mulck. The tulips have no trouble comine through it but the squirrels have to be very dertmined.

I am not saying they could not cut the wire with their teeth, but never had them do it. Chicken wore shoudl be available at the co-op or other farm stores.

If you bed is small you might try some wire mesh panels from home improvement stores. If the weave is too big the squirrels will work around it and some screens would be too small for the tulip to come up through.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 11:18 AM

By the way wildflower727, your name reminds me that a good theme garden would be wildflowers of Tennessee.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 11:20 AM

Do you need some wildflower seeds? I have some to share.

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 1:30 PM

Chicken wire has helped a little with our "chicken problem." However, the squirrels in our neck of the woods are seemingly bionic and UNSTOPPABLE (except for the ones that accidentally cross in front of flying .22 cal projectiles).

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 2:24 PM

Those accidents are sometimes unavoidable, but I've had some good stew occur later. :-)

So they go through the chicken wire. That is a tried and ture one for many, maybe two layers?

I have heard of some folks building small underground cages from heavier gauge wire but that sounds like a lot of work. Maybe a box cage with the bottom open so you can force it down over the bulbs after planting.

A determined squirrel might find out they can come from the bottom but that should give you enough time to add to the stewpot. They are also goo pan-fried.

Have you tried the red pepper treatment? I have heard of mulching with sharp rocks or crushed oyster shells.

Others interplant with daffodils or allium which are poisonous and squirrels seem to know that and stay away.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 2:57 PM

Oh, about the wildflowers, we might take you up on a display plot at the gardens on the square.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 2:58 PM

Thank you...great suggestions...will try two layers of chicken wire coupled with red pepper. (Crushed oyster shells attract the chickens so I'll put the shells a bit further out of range.)

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 3:26 PM

wildflower727--I'm trying to add native plants to my yard and would be interested in your seed--maybe we can do some trading although I do not have wildflower seed. My e-mail is jbillswms@yahoo.com.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 3:48 PM

I've heard of using toxic plants,peppers and moth balls.

My squirrel deterent is my PITA analog,Ms. Amber. She likes to find small beasts and offer them asylum indoors. For some reason,they prefer to go back outside at the earliest opportunity.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 6:05 PM

The last opossum PITA brought in did not seem to like it either. Can't understand it.

We missed you Friday. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 6:21 PM

I missed y'all,too. I bet I missed some amazing stuff.

I hope I can see y'all on the tenth - or is everyone doing the Date Night on the Square?

(If the weather stays nice,we might meet in the Pocket Park?)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 6:38 AM

Is Pocket Park the name given to the area we are looking at between buildings?

I'm not sure what my wife would say about me going to Date Night on the Square with a group of ladies. :-) Hmmmm.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 7:10 AM

Bring Deb and Mama too!

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 10:11 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.