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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden ramblings and probably more disassociated blurbs.

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 9:46 PM
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  • Could it be dodder? It grows like it.... The color is a bit different than what I am used to.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Jun 25, 2014, at 10:04 PM
  • Dodder has no chlorophyll so it cannot be green........Does it look any different today?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 5:43 AM
  • Kind of looks like a fennel top or dill even...asparagus plants sometimes look like that...my guess is a carrot sprouting though...only time will tell.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 9:19 AM
  • Still green, but just the possibility that it is dodder has me worried. I will watch it closely and if it starts to change colors to yellow or brown, it is GONE. Probably burned.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM
  • Dodder is not so bad. If it doesn't find a host it dies.... There is nothing around it to become it's host.

    But, again, it's green.

    So, probably something else.......Hard to tell with these eyes.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 9:57 AM
  • I meant to mention size. It is probably no more than 3" across at this stage and 24" away from anything that could be a host.

    Picked my first yard-long beans today. Not enough for a meal and they came from some volunteer plants. I planted tomatoes close enough to the volunteer yard-longs to allow them to grow on the tomato trellis.

    The main planting is doing very well but not flowering yet. Only one planting will be necessary for them this year and my edamame are flowering so I should see beans there pretty soon.

    Edamame (soybean) are not ever-bearing like the yard-longs so I did a second planting a week ago. They are up and leafing but probably a month away from any production.

    I was slow on getting bitter melon up and transplanted. Our Oriental friends will be wondering what's wrong soon. They come from an area of China that can grow them almost all year long so getting them to understand seasons took a little while.

    The Vaseline dab on the squash plant is looking better today so it may not kill the leaf area. Just in case, I found another batch of eggs and put a dab of vegetable oil to compare.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 11:26 AM
  • I finally got my birdfeeders up...WooHoo...I'm getting several wrens, finches and of course a cardinal, bluejay and a faithful mocking bird...the suet has attracted 3 different woodpeckers...one with red just on the back part of its head, one that has black and white stripes across its back with a black crown and a common brown one...no hummers yet, but the squirrels think they are acrobatic birds apparently...tried to deter them with a smell by spraying vanilla Febreeze around the window ledge...it seemed to work for an afternoon, but now they seem accustom to their claimed seed with the cinnamon vanilla aroma...

    The cat is highly entertained with it all...and I have decided squirrels are just reckless vermin...they are really asking for it for spilling my hummer juice!...hope they just don't land on my tomato underneath...I must have at least a small herd of them....squirrel stew anyone?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 1:16 PM
  • I have read that cloth soaked in vinegar will repel them as well as hot pepper flakes or powder on the seed. Make sure the vinegar does not drip o or touch plants since it can also be used as a weed killer.

    We have a metal baffle on the feeder pole and f course our cats and dogs enjoy chasing them as well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 1:42 PM
  • Have a herd here myself. Do you think it was the long, cold winter? The squirrels learned how to reach the bird feeder so I cleared the surrounding branches.... That lasted for a few weeks until they got stronger and taught themselves to LEEEEAAAAPPP a much greater distance. Sometimes there are triplets hanging all over it. Of course they are burying that many more old walnuts in the potted tomatoes as well My dog used to be able to catch them...... Now she can hardly see them.......... She is in her twilight years too..

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 1:42 PM
  • Twilight years too? Nah, I don't think so unless you mean Vampire Years. They looked pretty good! :-)

    The squirrels could have used up more of their reserve this past winter and therefor having to supplement until the new crop comes in. Interesting thought.

    Maybe it would be worth feeding them and watching their antics?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 2:50 PM
  • Hi Steve, I follow your blog and enjoy very much.

    I connect to The T-G every day, so surprised that they did not mention Bell Buckle, RC Cola & Moon Pie in the July issue Of Readers Digest.

    When you see the place of your birth mentioned in RD, pretty special.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 3:06 PM
    John Carney
    Nobody brought it to our attention. I'm not sure I personally was aware that Reader's Digest was still being published -- I hardly ever see it anymore.

    We did, however, do a lot of coverage of the festival -- two preview stories, photos of the parade on Sunday, more photos and game results on Tuesday, and a feature about a couple of out-of-town visitors on Wednesday.

  • Uh oh, is Reader's Digest getting lazy? How could you fail to give homage to such an event?

    They brought back some more of the "fun" thing this year and from the feedback I got from the Moon Pie King, they had a good time. I know he was here for about 6 hours so something god was going on.

    Of course, just getting a place to eat at the BB Cafe took about 2 hours so.... maybe he was on the waiting list. :-)

    Thanks for checking in moonwalker.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 6:08 PM
  • Anyway Steve, did you see the article?

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 8:44 PM
  • My neighbor seconded the motion of pepper flakes, I think I'll give it a try...they broke the stem on my prized tomato plant....How do I save it? or can I?...its almost in two but has a healthy top for now that will start to wilt pretty quick.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 9:25 PM
  • No I didn't see it. Do you have a link?

    I misunderstood and thought that they did not publish one.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 9:28 PM
  • If the tomato top does not wilt you could try a band-aid repair and hope that it has enough capillary action to continue to grow...... ( after all we are grafting tomatoes now ). If it looks like taking the top off is the better choice then do that and root it in water. If there is enough left of the original plant it should redirect itself and continue to put out new growth. Meanwhile I will do a bit of research and refine the advise if necessary.

    How did the rascals manage to break it in the first place? You don't have to answer that............Something took off the top of my summering Angel Wing Begonia..... I just figured it was a bird trying to use it as a perch.... Could have been squirrels, Obviously it was too close to the bird feeder........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 3:33 AM
  • I'll second everything already said but how high up is the break? You may actually be able to get two plants if there is enough base that has some leaves.

    Next thing will be to get some sort of tomato cage to support and protect from another mishap.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 4:57 AM
  • Oops. Just read closer And saw Palindrome already mentioned the regrowth of the base.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 4:59 AM
  • My bird feeders spins those tree rats right off on most occasions or stretches them from the window seal when they try to reach it from that point all they can do is drop to the ground....so far the little rascals are deterred with the pepper flakes I put on the window seal brick and in the seeds...I'm watching them crawl all around it though...so we will see...

    The break is about 3-4 inches up the stem from the ground..top seems to still be getting some nourishment so I might try a band-aid with floral tape maybe..if the top starts to wilt I'll clip and try to root it and leave the base of it to hopefully produce new leaves.

    Its a little past half broke..if the top continues to do well I'll leave it be..maybe new growth will sprout near the break...I'm praying for it. Thanks for the help..my thumbs are noticeably lite green you know!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 1:17 PM
  • They should be brown/black after working with tomatoes.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 1:55 PM
  • BTW...next Friday is July 4th...I was thinking it was a weed em and reap meeting Friday.

    I'm assuming the meeting is the following Friday July 11th. Correct me if I'm clueless again as usual.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 2:30 PM
  • Good point about the next meeting date. Holidays always throw a curve-ball.

    At one time we had decided that we would keep our schedule regardless. Since we always shutdown just before Thanksgiving and do not start again until March or April, those Holidays never came into question.

    But that was years ago and a number of new members have joined so maybe we should re-vote on that. Here are the possibilities:

    -We could move the date to the 11th, but we will then have two weeks in a row since we set it up for first and third week.

    -We could have it anyway and see if we get more or less. (I checked and it is OK with the Extension office))

    -We could cancel it all together and skip to the 3rd week which would be another "social".

    Any other possibilities?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 3:24 PM
  • Another possibility is to have it on the 11th and then every two weeks through August when it will right itself in September.....

    What is more important???? Every two weeks or 1st and third?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 3:53 PM
  • When we came up with the first and third, some thought it was difficult to remember if any given Friday was the correct one.

    First and third seemed more predictable but I was the first to get caught by a month that had five Fridays in and inward used to the "every other" schedule.

    I can handle either way so.... If the current 1st and 3rd is not working out, we can change back. We can still do the one organized and one social.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 8:47 PM
  • Is everyone connected to the internet? I usually check regardless of what I do or don't remember.......

    If it is posted.... I know it must be right....

    Then you, Steve, are the only one who has to " remember ".

    Do we have any members without access?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 9:06 PM
  • There are several members without access...I'm game for whatever is decided...if we cancel the 4th, the next would be a social which I have throughly enjoyed...maybe we can go to Bocelli's for a bowl of spaghetties!...Anything is fine with me I'm very flexible.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Jun 28, 2014, at 7:48 AM
  • Well, it doesn't have to be food..........

    We can change that too.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Jun 28, 2014, at 12:10 PM
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