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Hey, guess what is coming up this Friday, June 29th?

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 8:18 PM

It will be happening at the New Century Restaurant on Madison Street. A bunch of friends will be getting together around 7:00 PM to chat about one of their favorite pastimes, gardening. Want to come?

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I'll try not to forget this week.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 10:48 PM

You mean you forgot last time? Here I thought you were on some exotic trip. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 6:22 AM

Wow! What a turn-out! I stopped counting after 25. I brought vegetables to share and of course, they all disappeared.

I could not get a bead on why everyone was there. Maybe to get out of the heat. Many new faces so I thought something special going on in town, but we could not identify that either.

Most of our plants are in holding patterns with this heat and drought. I was expecting a bumper crop of figs but now will be happy to just get the plant through the summer.

I did get to dry a few figs in our new dehydrator. I never had one before and it only cost me 1.6 million I won at an industry "Casino Night". Obviously,not real money.

At any rate, the figs turned out good in my mind. A little chewy but could probably be reconstituted easily. Deb and her mother did not try them because of their "chewiness" or maybe because of the way they looked. I might try rolling them in granulated sugar next time, but they were sweet without it.

We ate our very first homegrown cantelope this week. I was almost afraid I had let it go too long, but patience paid off. It was good.

The squash bugs are really doing well this year, at least until I spray them with an oil, soap concoction I mixed up. They are still holding on since I cannot get every last one of them, but the plants are holding up so we have reach a balance of truce.

One horned tomato worm reaked havoc on a tomato plant but I have sentenced it to solitary confinement in the middle of our driveway. If it survives, it was meant to be.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:32 AM

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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.