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Steve Mills

Friday April 4th is the first night of a new growing season of meetings for Weed'em and Reap

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 7:53 AM
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  • While not in a formal presentation, our focus tomorrow will be on selecting a garden site for the plants you want to grow, soil requirements and preparation, soil amendments and composting.

    If our attendees have tough challenges in locating a garden because of rock, soil, shade, etc., we may drift into alternative growing methods, such as container gardening, but that will probably be a topic of its own later in the season.

    Before we leave, we will set the meeting place for the second (floating meeting) and the main topics for the following "first Friday".

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 3, 2014, at 7:53 AM
  • If you don't think we will want to cover your particular interest, be sure to come so you can champion the topic.

    We might have a general topic outline but we are usually eager to explore new methods, plants, experiences, so YOU are the one who will help us mold the discussions.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 3, 2014, at 7:57 AM
  • If anyone still needs to order seeds for this years growing season I will be bringing any seed catalogs I have for your consideration, I no longer need them and your more than welcome to share or take them home if need be.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 3, 2014, at 12:42 PM
  • I guess I missed the notice. I'll try to make it. If someone could bring me about 10 or so corn and okra seeds, that would be an incentive to make it!

    I'm going to try a small roto-tilled spot for corn and okra this year....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 6:40 AM
  • I've got Okra but not growing corn this year. Might have some edamame too if it will get you there.

    I got more of my beds mulched before the rain and built some tiered container beds (pictured above) in an area that always haunted me with Johnson and crab grass grass, along wit crape myrtle volunteers.

    I have a total of eleven tire planters, two tubs, three half barrels and a small cold frame. I plan to have different herbs and flowers in each tire bed, potatoes in each half-drum and mixed gardens in the tubs.

    One tub was planted with starts I had from my winter sown jugs but it was real disappointing when I saw both PITA and some cats had decided to dig around in them two nights ago. Some plants rescued, but now I have a wire gate laying on top.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 8:04 AM
  • By the way, the fork stuck in the garden bed is where I semi-planted a whole tomato from last year to see if I get volunteers. I plan to plant tomatoes down the center of those four garlic rows. Supposedly "tomatoes love garlic" so we'll see.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 8:08 AM
  • And the walkways are white from the wood ash I spread on the garden from the season of heating. Had a little extra this year LOL

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 8:10 AM
  • I'm wanting to plant a few butterfly bushes along with anything that attracts hummers...i'll be finally hanging my bird feeders in my window soon and want a few bushes underneath...can I root some cuttings for a butterfly bush?...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 12:19 PM
  • Yes. Butterfly bushes can be rooted but not sure who might have some.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 4, 2014, at 1:19 PM
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