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Steve Mills

Garden club meeting is over until October 17th

Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 8:09 AM
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  • Can't wait, I've made a few great friends and found super great tips, seeds etc. for my mini garden this past summer.

    Now I'm ready to prep my garden spot for the winter so I might be asking a few questions.

    These meetings have been great for me being a single person, it gets me out of the house and into some conversation.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 2, 2014, at 9:08 AM
  • Winter! I still have not planted my garlic yet!

    I picked up some large diapers at Goodwill this week. There were probably 30-40 packages of 12 about to be thrown away. Sound a bit off topic? Not to those who come to the meetings. Some of our members use them for smaller pots. :-)

    I am going to empty out the bathtub garden that PITA loves to dig in (she has it halfway empty now) and fill the bottom of the tub with a few diapers, leaving the drain open to drain excess.

    The light potting soil is great for containers but it drains too quickly and dries out. The absorbent material in diapers is usually similar to what they add to your potting soil.

    I will cut them up a little to avoid blocking the excess water from reaching the drain. This won't be mixed in the soil but moisture should be released out into the soil as it dries.

    I am not convinced about the safety of this for food even though similar ingredients are mixed in with potting soil, so more than likely this will just be for ornamental plant, but that's OK.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 10:28 AM
  • If it's good for a baby's bottom it should be okay for plants but...against the skin vs ingestion might be the question both are absorbent...here's an article in Livestrong to consider, the absorption chemicals ingredients can be a carcinogen.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/253168-how-are-disposable-diapers-made/

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 10:42 AM
  • I am often surprised to find unreasonable substances in products we use everyday...Sometimes intimately......Such as baby diapers.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 12:31 PM
  • I get surprised as well...If I had kids I think they might have to go "oh natural" during training maybe...Makes you wonder for sure...I have a friend who has a 2yr old at present and he has to be watched constantly about sticking things in his mouth which is normal at that age.

    But because of todays chemicals and such I'd be even more leery about things known to be safe, even plastic silverware can have impurities and you would be surprised what things contain formaldehyde even these days.

    I'm a styrofoam scaredy-cat myself, I would never reheat or microwave one. The first thing I do with left-overs after a meal is get them out of the to-go containers unless they are made of paper, and sometimes even then.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 1:20 PM
  • Whew. my head is still not absorbing all that went on this meeting. We bounced all over with topics being researched and answered.

    Although it wasn't planned, we had plenty of snacks including Donna's pear squares, Barbara's pepper jelly with cream cheese and donuts.

    It is seed sharing time and those brought disappeared quickly with a request for more so expect some at our next meeting at the Ag Extension office and maybe at the social in two weeks at La Cabana Restaurant 314 Madison St. Shelbyville. More about that as we get closer to time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 6, 2014, at 11:12 AM
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