Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Money plant, iris, next garden club meeting, repairing an old garden

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 9:16 AM
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  • Sounds like you have a large task in front of you....I sat with my folks talking plants yesterday evening on their back porch, it was so nice out....dad has turned him a small garden patch this year and mentioned he has 16 more heirloom tomato trellises to build, because those round wire barrel shaped ones you buy, seem not to be tall enough....we will definitely have tomatoes...he also had some healthy looking strawberry plants..I keep waiting anticipating another great tomato sandwich summer....you know that aloe vera cuttings you gave me, well the cat knocked them off their table last night and ate them for dinner...what a full mess I have to clean up....soil everywhere in the kitchen floor...but I'm to blame for that one, I set them within her reach, dummy me...she has scratched the hair off the back of her ear, I think they gave her the itch...I'm real interested in composting can't wait to learn more about it...that sure is great color on that money plant.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 8:35 AM
  • Take a quick check in kitty's ears for ear mites. Not sure how they get them, but we have had them slip up on us before. She'll have dark deposits inside.

    When I first brought in the clump of grass it was "mowed" within a day. I have a second clump in here now and the feeding frenzy seems to have stopped. Nature seems to tell them when they need some greens. I'd like to think that is was cravings are for us but somehow I don't think that includes Hostess Ding Dongs.

    I am excited about the presentations. I want to see what the Master Gardener programs are like and I would not mind learning more about that overall program as well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 9:16 AM
  • Mites were not on my mind...thanks...no dark matter, but I'm treating her anyhow. I have to have her spade this month and probably invest in catnip...shes turning out to be a great pet...I was able to save the begonias, they now have their own bright orange pot...wonder if I should put them outside for some full sunshine or if they will thrive inside...actual flowers would be grand..can't wait!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 9:21 AM
  • Depends on the type of begonia as to whether direct sunlight, outside will be good. I thought they were aloe plants?

    Speaking of confusion, I incorrectly mentioned the date of our organic growing "technical" meeting. mg.mark caught it and gave me a polite "head-slap". Well, a virtual one. :-)

    I am refraining from saying the wrong date and changed it in the original post. May 2nd will be the first Friday in May and will be about composting and the next technical meeting on organic growing will be the FIRST Friday of June, June 6th.

    I will try to post this several more times before then since this new 1st and 3rd Friday schedule even has me getting confused.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 11:07 AM
  • Whew, the main flowerbed renovation is done! Just as darkness brought out the mosquitoes and my body said, NO MORE!

    It did not rain enough last night to give everything a good soaking so I brought out the hose this morning. Maybe this evening I will separate some daffodils and head to the Bell Buckle property to expand the beds down there.

    Nothing fancy down there. I will add bulbs to the existing bed and then the expansion will be a layer of composted chips, the bulbs/rhizomes and then a final layer of composted chips. What survives will do it without further help from me.

    This whole process has helped me lose 25 pounds without really trying so I guess I will keep it up with some smaller beds, just not as aggressively. But before that, it is time to working on vegetables, herbs and flower seeds I got at the recent swaps.

    Speaking of swaps, mg.mark said there is one in Murfreesboro this weekend so if you are up that way, or want to socialize with a bunch of crazy gardeners, "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.(315 John Rice Blvd)

    More info can be found at www.mastergardeners-rc.org Going to the site is worthwhile in more ways than you might expect. I think I will put up a separate post.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 25, 2014, at 10:45 AM
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