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Steve Mills

Next Garden club meeting coming up Friday May 8th.

Posted Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 4:24 PM
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  • I had to add chicken wire over open area where I planted garlic sets to discourage "unauthorized" use by cats AND our PITA. She has improved immensely from her youth but the temptation to lay up here would be too much.

    Germination of my edamame seeds has been spotty so all who got come last meeting, don't be discouraged if they do not do well. I'll look at getting more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 19, 2015, at 4:24 PM
  • I can bring tomato plants if anyone wants them that night...just let me know ahead of time?...I'm looking for chives and thyme if anyone has some I'll trade a tomato plant or two for a growing herb.......I love the socials it's a great time to catch up on techniques of gardening in conversation, especially over a chimichanga an enchilada or fried ice cream as long as it's not Blue Bell ice cream....it's been recalled...HA!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Apr 21, 2015, at 1:13 PM
  • Happy Earth Day Fellow Earthlings..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Apr 22, 2015, at 12:07 PM
  • And a most happy " Earth Day " to you my Lady of The Garden! And all the gnomes as well! :0)

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 22, 2015, at 2:05 PM
  • It has actually turned out a most wonderful day for tomato plants...a sunny day, great morning for watering, and an afternoon with warmth....it's looking like even those golden beet seeds you gave me Palindrome have hatched and broke through the garden soil along with all the radishes.....just hope those bush cukes show soon, I might have to count them out!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 22, 2015, at 2:16 PM
  • Are there any local Earth Day festivals this weekend?

    Depending on your placement of those cukes, the soil may not be warm enough to kick the into gear OR they may have gotten too wet with all the rain recently. Or were they seeded in trays?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 22, 2015, at 2:42 PM
  • They were placed in starter soil mixed with top soil in a 12 inch across planter set out by the garden...I relate red the dry soil this morning and it's supposed to rain tonight...I may have just not given them enough time....it has been two weeks though!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 22, 2015, at 2:58 PM
  • Cukes are definitely a warm weather plant.............Although for some strange reason I seem to have two bonsai Cukes coming up in a bed from last summer when they did nothing..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Apr 23, 2015, at 7:56 AM
  • See ya'll there.....bright eyed and bushy tailed!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Apr 24, 2015, at 5:05 PM
  • We sure missed you Mr. Mills!!!!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Apr 24, 2015, at 10:15 PM
  • I was there!

    Well... In spirit. :-)

    I had an emergency carburetor rebuild on my mower so I could beat the rain. Thought I had it fixed with a few band aids but Thursday evening I was surrounded by a huge cloud of smoke and it would not run.

    Finally found a carburetor kit for this mower, got it installed and Finished mowing as rain started, which was also the time I should have been there. My apologies.,

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 25, 2015, at 6:30 AM
  • I have not seen many fleas but the ticks are sure waking up from winter. I have not been in the woods but three ticks found me this week. One was as tiny as the period on a sentence but it sure packed a punch.

    Did anyone see a frost from the past few days? I hear of some in coffee county, but all plants survived here on the hill. Of course, if they were stunted by the cold then that story is still to be told.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 25, 2015, at 7:55 AM
  • All my plants are surviving and striving.....I was able to plant 59 out of 75 strawberry plants......they all are already perky and healthy....it's looking like every one of them have vibrant life!

    I have definitely crammed some things in this small patch...guessing I'd say my second year of garden spot management will be a test....so far so good!

    Signed: Happy Farmer!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Apr 27, 2015, at 10:00 AM
  • This weather should be fine for the strawberries hut I can't help but wonder what it might do to the tomato, eggplants and peppers I have out in straw bales. Guess we'll see but I am starting new eggplants anyway.

    My squash plants are a real disappointment so far. That and the edamame. I was going to order more until I saw the price per pound. Yikes! $50!! Think I'll wait to give them another try when it finally warms up.

    My yard-long beans are up though and they were planted at the same time. Guess there is more of a difference than I thought. I did not do any seed saving of edamame since I still had half a pound, AND we ate every one we could find. :-)

    Our daughter sent me a link on attracting and maintaining honey bees in a yard. It comes at a great time since a few days ago I heard my first swarm of working honeybees in several years. I'll do a separate post.

    I need to rework a couple of garden beds but although I have a 4 foot tiller for my tractor, I have been wanting to do without using it. I would really like to try a U bar (broadfork) but the cheapest I can find for the width I want is about $120 plus shipping. Ouch!

    The tiller chews up so many worms that I would rather just loosen it to pull the weeds. Plus "they" say that tilling it brings weed seeds to the top where they will germinate.

    No worries there though, I have so many weeds on top right now, a fresh supply of weeds is right around the corner. Maybe I would get less aggressive ones?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 27, 2015, at 11:30 AM
  • Speaking of " Bee's"' , I saw a special on new hives these guys were building that had a spout on it. They turned a small lever and it took the inside hexagon shaped holes that the honey comb had and dropped one side of it just a little which loosened all the honey, in turn, it drained out the spout at the bottom of the hive. Turn the lever again and the hive returned to its natural state, ready for more bees.

    It was really neat, no more smoking the bees or squeezing the hive....just turn the level and fill the jars!...If I'm correct, and I'm usually not, they were building and selling those hives for a couple $100 dollars each!....They were super neat, I thought about seeing if I could get one!

    It looked a little less harmful on bees and was a nice looking wooden box away from that common white you see.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Apr 27, 2015, at 9:53 PM
  • Interesting concept. I thought more cleaning has to go into setting up a hive. I'll be interested to see how they handle that.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 27, 2015, at 10:21 PM
  • Wow! I took a closer look at it and saw that crowd funding through Kickstarter raised their $70k goal in less than 10 minutes. They now have over 2 mil!

    Wow! Why don't you start a post about this chefgrape?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 28, 2015, at 1:56 PM
  • Can you be more specific on the name of the project you saw on Kickstarter....they have quite a few!....The special I saw didn't refer to funding needs! however, it might be definitely interesting to write a food blog about bees and how they are kept in these new modern style hives....that new hive I saw on that special was amazing.....

    And if by chance some of you bees out there are listening I might buzz you some support with what I'm thinking!......

    By the way, if anyone has been wondering why I have not been food and recipe blogging! I've had a dead laptop issue and It will be restored soon. So keep the faith, I'll be back up and running shortly.....I have found it almost impossible to blog on a small iPad....just saying!....When my laptop died it kept all my saved blogs and recipes so I've recently discovered what cloud storage is all about...The new blogs starting soon will also have a few new and improved features....stay tuned for additional info...Thanks!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 29, 2015, at 1:28 PM
  • I was wondering about your blogs. Thanks for answering before I asked. I do not believe i would blog wit an iPad either.

    I believe this is the site I got my info but i see why you asked. http://www.gizmag.com/flow-frame-honey-tap-beehive/36117/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 29, 2015, at 2:00 PM
  • Trimmed back all the dead branches on our main fig today and covered the whole mound with a fresh layer of composted wood chip mulch. A few new sprouts are just leafing out.

    I will load up the trailer again tomorrow but the old body ain't what it used to be so the going is slow.

    Speaking of bodies, May 2 is designated as World Naked Gardening Day. All this time, I never knew, but several Facebook groups I belong to are starting to comment. Nope, no link to the organization. You'll have to Google that one yourself. :-)

    I could do it every day and no one would notice but I have enough bug and tick bites as it is, so no use making it easier for them. May 2nd is normally warm here, but who knows this year? And up North?

    Can you say goosebumps boys and girls? Brrrr!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 29, 2015, at 9:15 PM
  • That was not the hives I had seen but vary similar.....I'll do some further searching....The thing about the hexegon shaped, seperated when the lever is turned, hive sections, was really impressive....I'll look deeper into it to see if I can find that exact info.. Meanwhile I'll mark my calendar for that special gardening date, with my luck shortly after I celebrate the occasion of world naked gardening day I better have at the least a few turnips or strawberrys to give so my cuffs won't be so tight when they cart me away, Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 30, 2015, at 6:38 AM
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