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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Ramblings (of course) and building an attached mini-greenhouse.

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 11:18 AM
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  • I can think of only one logistic drawback to this. You might notice the posts and logs laying in the grass in front of the rock wall? This where I stack about 4-6 cords of wood each heating season.

    I cannot actively utilize the attached growing area if I cannot get in there, so I will have to re-think where I will place the wood. The current place is very close to the heater.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 18, 2014, at 11:18 AM
  • A lone yard-long bean has volunteered from last year's crop. I guess if nature says it is time, it is time, so I planted a row of yard-longs and a row of edamame (soybeans meant to be eaten lightly blanched)

    Looks like string of clear days with extra warmth (as opposed to last week). This will be nice BUT, if you have freshly seeded seeds, remember to keep them moist.

    Maybe a light watering in the morning and late afternoon. Or lightly mulch them with grass clippings, straw, etc. Something to keep the area where the seeds are sitting from completely drying out.

    Speaking of keeping the seedbed moist, I probably need to incorporate a soaker-hose of misting line in the attached cold/hot frame. Watering seeds or seedlings directly with a flow of water can be very disruptive if not downright harmful.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 7:56 AM
  • We usually have a catnip plant or to overwinter but this year zapped all that I and the cats were aware of, so they have been getting a bit anxious about when the next leaves would appear. They have arrived.

    But they are getting too much attention from our cats so I rescued one and am trying to give it a running start inside. Of course, we have cats inside too so this is getting to be a fine balancing act.

    Five of these need to find homes or be set free outside soon. They are all sitting in front of the sliding screen door int he kitchen right now dreaming of the adventures outside.

    Funny though, when they get the chance to go out, they stay just a few minutes before it is time to come back in. Eventually some finally stay out more than they come in but all of them would love to have it both ways.

    Anyone need a companion? If you already have a cat, wee will consider letting just one go, but if you have none, we want you to adopt two. As much as they love humans, they love feline companionship almost as much.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 8:07 AM
  • Sounds like by summer you will be ready for a good harvest with all the ideas running through your mind....I'll ask my friend about a cat for you,he mentioned the possibility...any of them kittens?.....I'll be soiling my new flowerbed against the back of the house I sectioned off.....don't really want petunias or pansies...guess its time to try some hummer and butterfly attracting flowers since those feeders will be above it.....hmm.....something hardy and less needy maybe.....was thinking at the least a rose bush for flowers later in the kitchen.....any suggestions?.....can you believe the squirrels killed my begonia...they need trapped and sent to the woods for bad behavior.... my thumb is only light green and my workability a little squirrelly these days.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 9:31 AM
  • We have three long-haired orange young cats about 6 months old, five kittens about 4-6 weeks old (three gray/black and two orange) and two orange about two weeks old (one male/one female).

    Without knowing the micro-environment I would hesitate to make firm recommendations but there are articles all over the web for hummers. Here's one http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/nature-lovers/how-to-attract-hummingbirds/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 8:18 PM
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