Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden gleanings of a twisted mind.

Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 9:38 PM
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  • We need to cut our goldfish population and will be happy to donate some of these to a good home.

    What makes a good home? A goldfish pond ready to accept them and an owner who will faithfully take care of them.

    They get fed once a day from March through most of December but once it gets cold the feeding gets reduced and at times they do not get fed for days. They won't eat anyway when they are cold so the food would be wasted.

    We could easily give away 12-16 of them. Last year one of our farm neighbors got some to put in a spring to hold the algae down. They never sent postcards, so I guess I need to check up on them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 13, 2015, at 9:38 PM
  • I bought a pump last year to put in a large pond/pot and never set it up.....Perhaps it is time to do just that for a few goldfish. My daughter has had them for several years and I always enjoy visiting them........

    There is some news on the wintergreen oil front.......This year I have used only the new Alaska food and even though it seems to smell the same it also allowed aphids to collect on a few of the tomato plants........ No oil= No pest control......

    Be careful with that oil Chefgrape......I was watching an old show recently and the murder weapon was just that........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, May 14, 2015, at 10:17 AM
  • Uh-oh. Chef was offering me some. I thought we got along? Just kidding my friend.

    These goldfish will range from 4-9"+ in length. Almost eatin' size. Just kidding again. :-)

    I am mixing a few drops of wintergreen in with my fish oil. No insect problem at the moment.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 14, 2015, at 11:17 AM
  • My tomatoes bales are doing super Steve. One plant has 70 blooms on it. If everything continues I will have a bumper crop this year.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, May 14, 2015, at 5:02 PM
  • 70 blossoms, already, on one plant? Yes, I think that would be a bumper crop. What variety is that?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 14, 2015, at 6:12 PM
  • I sprayed my garden plot twice with the fish stuff mixed with the wintergreen oil and water of course. The smell didn't last but a day and so far no bugs...

    Now for squirrel and opossum solutions!

    After building my trellis, the very next morning I realised I had just built a squirrel perch for the bird feeder!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, May 15, 2015, at 8:45 PM
  • It would be a big boy as most of mine are this year. I used A bag of black cow mixed with bone meal and epson salts. Seems to be a good combination.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, May 17, 2015, at 1:39 AM
  • Darn, I have brown and white cows around me. LOL

    You reminded me about the bone meal and epson salts for those bales, THANKS! That is basically phosphate and magnesium. The bales probably have little value inside them, so this should be added.

    If I was just starting the bale, I might put this stuff on I dry form but I am behind the curve on this so I will be dissolving as much as possible in water to feed the bale by direct watering and the plant by foliar application.

    Thanks again cherokee2.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 18, 2015, at 8:12 AM
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