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Steve Mills

First 'social' meeting of Weed'em & Reap garden club was Friday the 18th

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 9:17 AM
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  • Isn't it great? Snow on April 15th!

    It is not unprecedented, but sure not normal. After this winter though, I guess it should not be too much of a surprise.

    But wait! There is more! We get a freeze tonight!

    So if you have tender plants out there, you really, really need to protect them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 15, 2014, at 9:09 AM
  • On a side note, mine truly will be speaking to the Wartrace Arts Community for their monthly meeting at the Wartrace Community Center on Thursday, April 17th, at 7 pm.

    I am not a trained horticulturalist but I have been growing in these here parts for a number of years and listening to local gardeners for many years, so maybe I will have something for you.

    In return, I expect to learn a lot. Not only about gardening but also about the efforts of this group to organize the local art community.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 15, 2014, at 9:16 AM
  • I'm having kind of a weird week, my body don't seem to want to agree or function like my happy mind wants it too, however I'm in hopes of being at Legend's Friday if I get them to agree on going...today my mind is saying "Spring" and my body says "I'm Freezing and Sweating at the same time"...Maybe a good bowl of Legend's tater soup will fix it all....Glad I didn't plant those begonias yet. I think Mother Nature is having the same issues.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Apr 15, 2014, at 12:41 PM
  • That is a true frustration when the mind says one thing but the body "nope". I seem to be going through that a lot but not to your extent. Hope you feel well enough.

    Now that we are past the coldest night of this blast, my mind seems to welcome the sun a little better. Yesterday I poo-pooed any sun because I knew the chill was still coming.

    I laid cover over two things last night and don't know if they were better off without, since one of our cats decided that I must have put it there for him to lay on.

    It was actually about 4 degrees warmer than I thought so most things should have done OK.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 16, 2014, at 7:26 AM
  • Ha....cats can do the darndest things, he meant well...it was funny watching mine jump up in the window seal and bouncing off because I closed the windows after that warm spell turned cold...hopefully this sun today will last awhile and this is the last of the cold....what day is the day they say its safe to plant...is it tax day?...I forget!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 16, 2014, at 8:40 AM
  • April 15th-20th is the average last frost dates but even cold snaps without frost can stunt some plants, so this year....maybe July 4th? LOL

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 16, 2014, at 9:00 AM
  • Everything survived well. OF course we have a frost warning tonight so we'll see if we can continue the good fortune.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 16, 2014, at 8:30 PM
  • The first night of cold did not affect much, but sure stunted the heck out of my potatoes. As in, flat to the ground, dead.

    The second night did not produce a frost so life went on. Are we done with the cold snaps? Somehow I am not convinced we are so the tomatoes and eggplants just have to wait.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 18, 2014, at 8:33 AM
  • The social went well but they made me bring home two empty lobster tails to grind up and put under my tomatoes.

    The problem is, I don't have any tomatoes in the ground yet so I improvised and fed a concoction of lobster tails, pineapple skin and banana peel to one of my bathtub gardens.

    PITA and the cats were quite curious about it but all seems to have quieted down now so we'll see if it helps my garlic and bok choy. I will probably put a tomato in there later so....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 19, 2014, at 11:22 AM
  • For any folks down this way that might be interested, the Master Gardeners of Rutherford County are having a Plant & Seed Swap this Saturday (April 26) from 9am to 12:30 at the Lane Agri-Park Community Center building in Murfreesboro.

    More info can be found at mastergardeners-rc.org

    This is a FREE event!

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Mon, Apr 21, 2014, at 11:50 AM
  • Sounds like some good fun just in time for planting. Not sure if I have room but..... just a little, maybe?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 9:08 PM
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