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Weed'em and Reap is over until March. Plus other garden ramblings.

Posted Friday, November 30, 2012, at 9:07 AM

The headline about no Weed'em & Reap meeting has some more information. Mark your calendar for Friday, March 1st 2013 for our first meeting of the new year and we are coming back with a new format.

Still no officers or dues, but we may have a new meeting place where we can get a little "dirty" or at least do some demos that would normally not be proper for a restaurant.

This is no reflection on the host we have had for the last year. We thank the New Century folks for all their hospitality and good food. We may return for special get-togethers.

We will still have the meetings every other week on Friday nights but will alternate between a presentation night that is about 20-30 minutes long with discussion following and a night that is for swapping plants, seeds, vendor presentations, and demonstrations.

We will try to have at least one door prize at each and every meeting. Fig trees were good ones and books, but we are open to just about anything garden-wise.

If you have suggestions, we are ALWAYS listening for new ideas. If you have a presentation you want to do, let us hear it. Businesses who want to present their uniqueness to the group will also be welcome, but we need to hear from you first, discuss parameters and schedule your visit.

Now for a few garden ramblings.

This is still an active time for gardening. Many are enjoying the cool weather crops they planted earlier and in my case I am preparing my gardens for next year so I do not have to work in them during a traditionally wet time of year or wait until it dries up some. I seem to always have a hard time waiting ;-)

I started a whole new strip for wildflowers and incorporated the original wildflower garden in to my vegetable garden. Yup, grew bigger, not smaller. T

his time, I gave enough grass strip to comfortably run the mower over it. My other separation was too narrow and had to be cut by weed-eater.

I've planted 100-120 garlic in a new garden bed and plan to plant another strip of about the same quantity 8 inches away. Both strips are in the middle of a bed so they can grow all year while I use the two outer edges for good "companion" plants. Maybe tomatoes, eggplant or peppers.

The rest of the beds can be shaped up now with walkways, maybe add a layer of cotton seed meal, then I will cover all with wood chip mulch. It will moderate the winter temps and allow earthworm activity closer to the top of the soil. Next spring I will brush back the chips to let the soil warm up for seed planting.

When forming the beds I am keeping them 36-40" wide. I've done wider, which gave me a little more growing space and less lost to walkways, but reaching the center to seed, weed or harvest is getting harder so... narrower beds and an extra walkway.

I will probably alternate 20" walkways with a 30". That will allow me to bring a wheelbarrow between two beds but the smaller one saves me enough growing space to squeeze in an extra bed or two. Sounds good on paper so we will see how it works in reality. The temptation to keep them all narrow has won out in the past. :-)

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I created a separate post for Mr. Renegar so others will see your comment wildflower727. Friends and family may not catch it here. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 8:00 AM

We're saddened by the passing of Mr. Morton Renegar, a kind and compassionate member of our community. His love of gardening and willingness to share all kinds of seeds and plants was appreciated by all who had the priviledge of knowing him - elephant ear bulbs, peace lily plants, celosia seed, and devil's claw to name a few. Fellow garden enthusiasts send their love and sympathy to Mr. Renegar's family. He will truly be missed.

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 10:48 AM

I could not help myself. The night was so mild that I had to go our and dig another pathway for the garden. A cool night, breezy and just right for a little physical exertion.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 3, 2012, at 7:34 PM

Shaped a few more garden beds, dug up blueberry and fig starts (with roots) and replanted in newly prepared garden.

Also found my persistent leak. (Yeah) A float switch had gone bad so it should not be too involved to get it replaced. (Yeah again)

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 3, 2012, at 12:49 PM

Second row of garlic in and I need to get a load of chips tomorrow to start filling in the walkways but there are a lot of tree chunks in there from the power crew, so it will be a mixed load.

Spent the rest of the day pulling more trees out of the woods and cutting up for firewood. At least until three o'clock when the Alabama vs Georgia game came on. I was pleased that the game was close, even down to the last few seconds it could have go either way so it was highly entertaining.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 1, 2012, at 7:16 PM

We have also talked about "field trips" but have not decided if these will be extra or scheduled on a normal meeting.

If you have a suggested meeting place, let me know. You may not want to publicly disclose it until we have had time to talk about it or talk to the host, so write to me at Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 30, 2012, at 9:16 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.