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Hey, Weed'em & Reap is back this Friday at New Century in Shelbyville

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 7:53 AM

I hope some of my new friends from Shelbyville Garden Club will attend? We had a great visit yesterday and discussed one of my favorite topics, organic gardening. We got to touch some of the basics, but I almost lost one to an after lunch nap. Those who know me, know I could not let that happen. :-)

I would venture to say that there were some in the room who knew as much, if not more than me, but they were kind not to show it.

I knew they were a gracious group when I noticed a lady who was smiling big time, but appeared to have her head cocked a little so I asked her if she could hear me. Her response, (with a huge smile) was that she could not understand most of what I was saying but she could tell I was doing a good job. Ya gotta love that kind of audience.

I moved closer and tried to speak louder, but it may have been the speed of my talking. I tend to speed up as I get excited and talking organics can do that to me.

Anyway, a good question came up about membership. Could they belong to their club and W&R? Why sure! Once you come, you are a member, but since there are no dues, attendance rolls, or officers we take no offense if you want to be a member of any club. In fact we love to hear the growing wisdom you learned elsewhere.

We gather between 6-7 pm depending on if you want to get something to eat and by 7 pm we start channeling our conversations to growing stuff.

Sometimes we fire up the computer for a "show 'n tell" or to do research. Maybe we will have a presentation if someone is really fired up about something, or we just share our garden experiences over the past two weeks.

Not a gardener? No problem, we have plenty of enthusiasm to share. We'll have you growing weeds in no time.

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Thanks for another good meeting. Anytime we can give away all the plants we bring, instead of bringing them back home, we've done well.

Next meeting I will have three African Violets to give away, airplane plants, some more aloe and anything else I can bring to do some Spring cleaning.

Getting soil and mulch are the two big challenges for us regarding the "on the Square" gardens.

If we get permission to pile some on the back lot while we move it into place, it would help a lot, OR if we can get the soil and mulch actually brought into the garden area, so much the better.

Breaking the hard-pan where the gardens will go needs a champion as well. If we can do that the worms will be able to move from the new soil and mulch, down to the original soil and mix it up.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 6:16 PM

Not too late.We can let some taste it but I will bring rooted plants. The munching will do it good.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 4:07 PM

Is it too late to request a little starter of watercress to put in a corner of my pond?

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 2:48 PM

Regarding those bees... I've seen a few different species around here as well. I've seen the regular yellow ones, but lately I'm seeing alot more brownish colored and they're smaller than the "standard" yellow ones, or so it seems. I sure hope those aren't the Africanized menaces. And I don't intend to swat at one to find out.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 2:44 PM

I'll put the order in right now. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 6:05 AM

I'd like a little watercress to taste. Somehow I've missed that and I'm not getting any younger.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 11:17 PM

I am excited. I saw some honey bees on some wildflowers (weeds). They looked a little different that what I was expecting so I do not know if they were a different strain or if it has been so long that I forgot. BUT, they were there!

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 8:47 PM

If someone would like some watercress, either to taste, or plant in a waterway, let me know before 3:00 tomorrow. I have to clean out the fish-pond stream several time a year and hate to just throw it into the compost.

Of course we eat some in soup and stir-fry but sharing would be nice too. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 6:46 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.