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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Start to the new season. I am growing again!!!

Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 11:28 AM
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  • There may be a silver lining to losing my fig trees, although one was a family heirloom that came over with my Grandfather from Italy at the turn of the century. Hopefully it re-sprouts or my sister's survived.

    The silver lining might be a setback to the detrimental bug population. I mentioned a lack of cabbage loopers and possibly flea beetles. It got to a point that I stopped growing eggplant because I could not win.

    Other natural plants that were affected by the beetle seem to be thriving (they're still weeds) but no flea beetles. (Yet)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 10, 2018, at 10:36 AM
  • Steve, my blue irises bloomed out about three weeks; they're gone now; the heavy rain didn't help. They are a real dark blue; I don't know whether to call it Prussian blue or indigo. I'm not sure what to call the others, which used to bloom before the blues. They are a cream or very light yellow on top and white underneath; edged with a light purple fading toward the interior (about 3/8"). If I ever figure out how to take a picture and upload it, I'll send you some next year.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, May 10, 2018, at 8:17 PM
  • You can send it to my email and I will upload it. I would like to see them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 10, 2018, at 9:16 PM
  • Yes about the people at church! They would love them. Let me know when they are ready--ok? Thanks HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Fri, May 11, 2018, at 4:09 PM
  • It will be a while but I will remember to contact you. Thanks

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 11, 2018, at 5:19 PM
  • Steve,

    The fig plant you gave me is still growing strong and has sprouted leaves-my dogs keep eating them and that's how I noticed.

    I don't know if this is your Grandfathers variety but if it is I'd be more than happy to get you a rooting...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sun, May 13, 2018, at 8:19 AM
  • Thanks espootoon. I am pretty sure that all those I gave were brown turkey, although Barbara would argue that. That one is not reporting for duty this year either, so I might take you up on it.

    Mine usually do OK. Is yours sheltered, or do you take precautions? Even during the year when a late freeze killed them back to the ground, they survived so I am a bit perplexed.

    Our South facing slope usually keeps them a little warmer but with the flipping weather temps this Winter/Spring, maybe they warmed up too fast with a sudden freeze? But both types?

    And they are about 40 feet part so I do not suspect a soil issue. I have cut the Brown Turkey (suspected) to the ground and all wood was dead. That bush was about 10' in diameter.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 13, 2018, at 1:16 PM
  • I now have fig leaves about 4 inches high from the ground. My fig is in a pot and this is the first year that all the stems have succumbed to the weather. It has not fruited in the last three years so I may plant it in the yard where it can decide what it wants to do and use the pot for something else. I had one or two other figs when I began this venture and have lost them both. Fickle figsÖ.Perhaps you would like it.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Mon, May 14, 2018, at 6:19 PM
  • So your survived in a pot, outside?

    Maybe I need to dig a little and see if the plant is alive below the surface.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 14, 2018, at 8:20 PM
  • All 4 of my figs had been starting to look kinda decent until the lawn guy thought they were weeds!......thatís 3yrs in a row thatís happened, so Iíll be looking for a new safer spot.....I even had some garden edge sections laying beside them as a warning not to cut them up with the lawnmower! But, what do you do short of a billboard!

    I planted 14 tomato plants, rutabaga seeds, peppers, and a couple rows of sunflower seeds my sister gave me. All have sprouted and doing excellent so far....along with a few lantana I picked up at Loweís to use as edging for those railroad ties Iím using this year!

    Those healthy tomatoes I got from Mr. Murphy this year are astounding!....they already have a few blooms!...Iíve been having summer tomato sandwich dreams...Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, May 16, 2018, at 6:28 AM
  • I was just about to ask about you from a mutual friend. Glad to see you are hanging in here with us.

    Mr. Murphy? A local sales outlet, individual or ?

    FOURTEEN tomato plants. Do you have an army of tomato lovers somewhere or are you planning to can as well?

    By the way, I wonder how glass bottles became ďcanningĒ?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 16, 2018, at 8:01 AM
  • Mr. Murphy as in Mark our friendly master gardener out at Bottle Hollow Farms!

    https://www.bottlehollowfarm.com/

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, May 17, 2018, at 9:43 AM
  • Btw....i am still hanging in there thanks!....Iím wanting to give a lot away to family and friends....and of course make sauce to freeze....Iím sure Iíll make and roll some tomato paste to drop in stocks and soups...

    I ad sifted flour and enough butter to a cooled tomato reduction, enough to make it pliable and tight enough to roll in parchment paper then freeze, at that point you can wrap the rolls in Saranwrap and drop them in a freezer bag!

    Tomato gravy, soup and broth, or even a couple sliced pats to the juice in a pot roast adds a depth of flavor and tightens it like a light gravy!....Iíll bring you a roll if I get it made this year!

    It basically makes a tomato roux!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, May 17, 2018, at 10:01 AM
  • Aah, THAT Mr. Murphy. Nice website.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 17, 2018, at 4:33 PM
  • I was just about to ask about you from a mutual friend. Glad to see you are hanging in here with us.

    Mr. Murphy? A local sales outlet, individual or ?

    FOURTEEN tomato plants. Do you have an army of tomato lovers somewhere or are you planning to can as well?

    By the way, I wonder how glass bottles became ďcanningĒ?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 18, 2018, at 6:04 PM
  • I see your double post and raise you a squirrel...I call!...Ha!

    Those pesky squirrels gotta have something to dig, thatís why so many tomatoes got planted...I figure a few will survive....I might have tricked them by planting a couple rows of sunflowers...so far they are going for them!

    They cut down one of the 200yr old oaks next to the house...it was getting hollow and scary if you lived under it....between it getting cut down and the blood meal I sprinkled on the garden, I think Iíve kept those varmits at bay at least a week!

    Iím threatening them that Iím making squirrel stew this year and Iím gathering the meat for it...if you could only hear me out there after they have been digging you would think Iíve lost my mind cussing tree rats!.....just saying!

    I have been seeing a few of those opossum on the "half shell"(armadillo) laying out near the road..if they start digging it will force me to net the garden...I did raise it about 2+ feet this year...but that don't help much...!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, May 20, 2018, at 11:44 AM
  • Hmmm, wonder how I did that? It os an exact post so I must have copied it into memory then pasted?

    I KNOW the frustration of having four legs in the garden.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 20, 2018, at 1:29 PM
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