Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Cats, gardening and whatever else is on YOUR mind.

Posted Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 11:18 AM
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  • Well, since I am on here by myself, I'll continue to ramble a little. Black Pearl Hot Pepper, they are hot.

    Duh! I learned not to winnow hot pepper seeds, especially if the wind is unpredictable. It sure burns the nose and chokes the esophagus.

    After that lesson, I finished gathering the seeds at the kitchen table and carefully washed my hands afterwards. BUT, that really does not get it all. My lips are tingling and I did not put anything up to my lips, but I did fix a cheese sandwich AFTER I washed my hands.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 25, 2014, at 3:58 PM
  • Many times I've strapped on latex gloves for handling habaneros or other hot ones...you think its gone by washing them hands than all the sudden it gets you real good after a couple glasses of iced tea if you know what I mean...and I'm an experienced idiot at that one and squirmed for a couple hours...ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, May 25, 2014, at 7:39 PM
  • Is there a good way to be sure it is removed? Lemon juice or something that neutralizes the capsaicin?

    I continue to nurture my squash, tomatoes, and eggplants in containers instead of planting. I am not longer concerned about temperature but bugs. Tomatoes will be OK but the squash and eggplants always have issues with squash bugs and flea beetles.

    The tomato I put in a bathtub garden is doing well, but needs water daily. The one I put in the ground on the same day looks about the same as when I planted it. It went through those cold nights and it may be permanently stunted.

    Both yard-long beans and edamame (edible soybeans) have popped nicely. I need to start thinking of trellising for the yard-longs.

    The two newest kittens (3 weeks old) have acclimated to me and my sandals. They stay in the garage for the most part but their momma seems to have disappeared and their aunt is not paying much attention to them so.... I am.

    The interest in the sandals must come from the fact that those are on eye level and they are rubber, so they can scratch and bite to their hearts content. I leave a pair in the garage now.

    For the past two nights, actually since Thursday night, I have had a nagging concern for their safety at night. So much so that last night they spent in one of our bathrooms.

    No problem, I left them a pair of sandals and food, water and a few pillows. They did fine. This morning all the inside cats came to visit to see who the new kids were and that seems good too.

    I returned them to the garage today but will probably bring them back in during the nights. My concern is a raccoon or opossum getting mad that they do not have any dry cat food and making one of them pay for it. They are too young to effectively run away.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 11:35 AM
  • Oh No !! I am going to miss ANOTHER meeting? I thought for sure I would be seeing you all this week........ Have the tomatoes all ready. I won't be able to make the 6th..... I think the Wartrace Musicfest is that night. DANG !

    Don't know how much longer I can keep the plants healthy.... Some of them already have tomatoes....... Help !

    Cute photo of those cats...............

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 10:07 PM
  • I'll pick them up this week. Make a list if they are promised to anyone in particular.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 10:20 PM
  • Thanks for the compliment in our cat family. They really are a pretty group.

    I brought the smallest ones back inside tonight. They fell asleep right after their bottle.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 10:22 PM
  • None are really promised but Barbara mentioned interest in a few so she should probably take a glance at them first. I don't remember the varieties that peeked her interest. There is no trouble keeping them until close to the meeting...... It's the meeting AFTER that would create the challenge. I will keep feeding them liquid Ocean and talk to them until you are ready to pick them up. I will also make a list of pertinent information.This week I am having a stove installed...... Tore out half of my kitchen and tiled in anticipation.What a mess ! My porch landing fell through to add a comic touch. Today I grout and start the clean-up....... Wonder if I can double up on Instaflex. Creek.....Creek.....Shuffle.....Shuffle

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 27, 2014, at 8:01 AM
  • Whew, I am tired just reading it. Speaking of the body aches, I could be imagining it but I have been taking two 500 mg of Tumeric (Curcumin) and taking less pain pills.

    I've stepped back from prescription to naproxen or equivalent acetaminophen. Of course, I also have not been pick axing the garden for a week or so. :-)

    I need to come over to Wartrace today or tomorrow to look at a friend's floor that is caving in. I'm not a carpenter but she can afford my price, free. Will they fit in a small SUV?

    email me a good time for you.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 27, 2014, at 11:31 AM
  • I've been meaning to come out of the shadows about my weed program, or lack of it. The hotter it gets (and drier for us) the less I am inclined to pull weeds, so I started justifying it.

    I was about to buy a bag of buckwheat to use as a cover crop to build soil, shade the soil, thus preserving moisture and smother weeds. But then I started considering the weeds I have and think I will try sharing the garden with them right now.

    I may use the the buckwheat or clover in the fall, but until then I will pull weeds I know are growing through underground stolons or roots since allowing them to grow will just make them stronger.

    The low-growing annual weeds that rely on going to seed to reproduce, I will allow to go to flower (not seed) before I weed-eat them to the ground. The taller annual weeds will stay until I can't stand seeing them anymore but before seeding for sure.

    This allows cover and flower nectar for beneficial insects as well as doing all the other things the cover crops do. By leaving the base plant and roods, I am also aerating the soil.

    If they seem to be too close to an intentional plant, they're gone but otherwise...... I'll chill.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 27, 2014, at 11:49 AM
  • I don't know if I will have time to deal with the tomatoes so soon. My OCD makes me have to alphabetize, feed and document them. I haven't heard from the stove installers yet regarding their trip here tomorrow. If I can't fit tomatoes in tomorrow I will always be able to drop them by next week or even the week after. That will save you the work involved watering them EVERY day.

    But feel free to check out ALL the sinking floors in Wartrace while you are at it...........

    I will let you know as I know......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 27, 2014, at 12:21 PM
  • No problem, just let me know. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 27, 2014, at 1:03 PM
  • Darn! The weather is STILL missing us here on the hill. We've caught the edge of showers but not even measurable. Then last night the rain went West to East and looking at the track of the current rain coming through Mississippi it is now going North.

    Maybe some rain if the clouds grow big enough but just a maybe. I am hand-watering the new plants to try to keep them healthy until the pattern changes, but right now the only thing going without help are those things that replanted themselves (volunteers and/or weeds.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 28, 2014, at 8:04 AM
  • Yay ! I get to go to the meeting.... The Musicfest isn't until Saturday..........And it is only Saturday. So...... The tomatoes will be coming with me..... Thank you Steve for offering your help. Yay !

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, May 28, 2014, at 2:41 PM
  • Great and your welcome!

    I ran across a new blog that many of us Weed'em and Reap members might want to follow. http://lonsorganicgarden.com/ I espcially look forward to it because it comes from a "Southern" perspective.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 28, 2014, at 3:28 PM
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