Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden club met Friday May 2nd. CMG Mark Murphy discusses composting with slide presentation.

Posted Monday, April 28, 2014, at 12:06 PM
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  • While this announcement is primarily about the garden club meeting, it seems a waste not to talk about actual gardening "stuff' at the same time.

    I hope everyone within the "sound of my voice" (an old radio phrase) is safe from this last round of storms. While it was a little iffy at times and it rearranged my week, I am overall pleased to have seen the rain. For me as a gardener, it was actually getting a little dry.

    The new flower beds and re-located iris, lilies and daffodils all have had a good long soaking so I can now rest that they have a good start and are settled in.

    Just before the rains I started broadcasting all the flower seeds I had in spot plantings through my "wild flower" section. Some seeds from the swaps had lost their identification, so they will be surprises.

    Half of my container beds are planted with herbs, flowers and a few culinary/aromatic plants like sages, basils, parsley and dill. The other half are getting peppers and tomatoes and maybe a few vining squash. One hot pepper that was overwintered is already there.

    Luckily for me, I am not planning to grow any corn, so the red flint Floriani ear of corn I have been protecting all winter is not tempting me. It should be going home this Friday at the garden club meeting.

    Does anyone have any milkweed seeds they would share? To many, milkweed is just that a WEED, but I want some for my wildflower garden and the butterflies. I have read that they are getting endangered and would like to do my part.

    Guess I better get to work.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 7:44 AM
  • I think I recall seeing milkweed growing on the side of country roads amongst or near thistle...I will be potting those Mexican sunflowers this weekend and finally getting the items I need to hang my bird feeders, which I'm real excited about, I hear my bird critter friends loudly every morning before dawn calling on the sun to get the day going....sure beats that idiot box yakking politics or who hurt who on the news...these birds have really been singing lately.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 8:47 AM
  • We had one this morning on a branch right outside our bedroom window doing the same thing. I wasn't quite ready to get up but after about 10 minutes of tweeting (the real kind) I gave up and got going.

    Speaking of sunflowers, I have a bunch of volunteer plants from last year. Many are right smack in the garden walkways but I am going to accommodate them. I planted some intentionally about 10 feet away so I'll just consider these a part of the planting.

    To some they would be weeds because they are out of place, but if the Lord wants them there, who am I to fuss? Yes, there are times that I just can't allow volunteers, but...... I guess it just depends on who is volunteering. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 10:27 AM
  • http://www.MyBedfordCounty.com has offered a web page for Weed'em & Reap for several years now. When I was mentioning the Master Gardener program and referring to their web page, I was reminded that the page has fallen quiet.

    What do you think? Would an active web page be worth the effort to maintain it? Would you come to it, read it, maybe submit ideas, pictures, information or even articles to keep it alive?

    Would making it more interactive where you could write comments be of value?

    You don't have to respond here if you are not comfortable. Send me an email Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com or bring your thoughts to our meeting tomorrow.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 1, 2014, at 8:02 AM
  • It's rare that I go to web sites unless I'm researching or buying...well besides the t-g....but that's me...I do use facebook a lot but only for games...on the web someone also has to maintain a site and time is priceless these days...I would not be interested, but others might and it could be beneficial for info and I'm sure someone might enjoy reading a web page...facebook pages or other social networks seem to be a little more active though.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, May 1, 2014, at 12:12 PM
  • You have but to ask, we now have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472822192951742/#

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 1, 2014, at 3:02 PM
  • I saw this here in Sundays paper if anyone is interested:

    COMPOSTER, heavy duty by Rubbermaid, in box, 35 3/4x 33" x 27" $50 or best offer 224-6297

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, May 4, 2014, at 7:44 PM
  • This sure came great time considering our topic at Friday's meeting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 5, 2014, at 6:58 AM
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