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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden Club Meeting Friday 24th and developments in the garden

Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 12:06 PM
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  • My weeds are doing especially well this year too! I'm going to have a huge bumper crop of dandelions...let me know if you need some:)

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, May 22, 2013, at 6:38 AM
  • Actually, my dandies have been fading away over the past few years. Not sure if we have been mowing at the appropriate (or inappropriate) time to cut down on seeds or if the soil conditions are changing.

    I think that may be one of the reasons I don't have bees early in the season. Not enough blooms to interest them. With my early season weeds dropping off I guess I need to start planning for more "planned" flowers.

    My bees are slowing starting to arrive and I actually saw a honey bee yesterday so maybe there is still hope.

    Good to see you back on the blogs more often espoontoon! I know the ladies look forward to you showing up at W&R too. Heard that another of our originals might be returning also. Sure hope to see both of you one day soon.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 22, 2013, at 10:17 AM
  • Deb made me cut back one of our rosemary bushes tonight, It was taking over a walkway around the fish pond. If anyone wants cuttings, tomorrow night would be a good time to get some. :-)

    If nothing else, you can take some home and dry it for your own cooking, herbal sacks or whatever.

    I may also bring some sprouted bottleneck and dipper gourds. You'll need a container and some potting soil. These are still in the sprouting container. Let me know?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 23, 2013, at 9:38 PM
  • We will be discussing a flathead worm tomorrow. It is also called a hammerhead worm and land planariums. Our daughter found one in her new raised beds, took a brief video of it and then identified it on the internet.

    Some think they eat pill bugs, and slugs but there is a lot of evidence that their favorite food is our beloved earthworm. Anything that eats my earthworms is not my best friend, except maybe Robins, but they don't threaten whole earthworm populations.

    Here is a link http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Land-Planarian-flatworm_vq389.htm

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 23, 2013, at 9:46 PM
  • Steve,

    Yes...would very much like to have some rosemary. The dipper gourds here have sprouted and are doing well; haven't been so lucky with spaghetti and delicato squashes - will re-sow/try again. In-laws have imported a bee hive for the big garden and are hoping for bumper crops of everything this year. Looking forward to seeing you all this evening!

    -- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, May 24, 2013, at 8:38 AM
  • Oooh, a bee hive. I have finally seen a few honey bees which means they know about our yard, but I used to be able to hear the wild hives in the trees next to our yard. Moved on I guess.

    I'll gather some rosemary.

    Also, if any of the members who took home some bricks are done, we could use them to mark some plants coming up in the "square garden" before they get "weeded" away.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 24, 2013, at 11:05 AM
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