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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Something about a soft rain that is comforting. Plus, the sprouts!

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 8:41 PM
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  • I've had cardboard on another strip of garden bed to discourage some grass, but weather permitting, I will remove it to plant some sugar snap peas tomorrow. REMIND ME?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 30, 2015, at 8:25 PM
  • Hey Steve, remove your cardboard :)

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Thu, Oct 1, 2015, at 12:51 PM
  • Yeah Steve!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Oct 1, 2015, at 1:00 PM
  • EXCELLENT Leah & espoontoon! I got wrapped up and forgot.

    THANKS, going out now!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 1, 2015, at 2:02 PM
  • You did it! My peas are in!

    I was originally a little disappointed at the amount of peas I had, but it ended up being 40 seeds and that is enough for my Fall experiment.

    I was surprised at how little water the cardboard had allowed into the soil. It made it easier for me to run my weeder to make furrows, but we need a little rain to get the seeds going.

    Now, if you would have just reminded me to take off my "inside" sandals before I went out! I have four sets ad I can't seem to keep one for JUST inside.

    Three need to be cleaned and one is with a kitten an upstairs bathroom. ?? Young cats and kittens seem to love them as snuggle toys and I just had to bring one in from outside last night.

    He had an eye infection BIG TIME, so he is quarantined until I am sure he is no longer contagious. Then I have to decide if he gets to go out again until fully recovered. Once they get it, it seems to take a while.

    Problem with that is that once they are in ere for a while, they don't want to go out. I have two right now that we are trying to get used to being outside. They paw the window to go out, but once there, they paw the same window to get back in. Yeesh!

    Anyway, thanks for the reminder.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 1, 2015, at 2:44 PM
  • Woohoo!!... A good slow soaking rain...

    I don't have to water!

    My hired helper pulled all my strawberry runners and re-stuck them in the rows, then tied the wild tomato vines to my trellis and removed the rubbish. I can see my garden again, well, at least until the leaves start shedding from these huge oak trees.

    Rain or no rain I'm a happy camper its done!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Oct 2, 2015, at 12:05 PM
  • When I first started to read your comment Chef, I keyed in on "my hired helper pulled" and immediately thought they had pulled up your garden. Whew, glad it ended the way it did.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 2, 2015, at 8:27 PM
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    I love the long soft rain. It makes my plants grow better than this Bell Buckle water.

    Only thing is, why now. The growing season is quickly coming to an end for my plants. Soon jack frost will take its toll on my plants.

    I really hate to see the first frost. But then I never know when the first frost is going to hit until the weather man tells me at 10pm. Too late for me to drag out????

    -- Posted by sui on Sat, Oct 3, 2015, at 3:32 PM
  • They did pull up the wrong things last year like my butterfly bushes and peonies so I supervised this job. Live and learn I guess!

    The peonies came back this year and were beautiful, I reckon the butterflies had to find a meal elsewhere.

    I have been noticing all the sunflowers around in gardens have run their course drooped over and have started drying up for seed...I was lucky enough to get a rather large head so I'll be eating me some sunflower seeds soon...Wish my pumpkins had made it!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Oct 4, 2015, at 8:24 AM
  • Mmmmm, this cool weather and your comment about pumpkins made me think of baking a pumpkin or squash pie from scratch.

    Last time I was involved in that was pre-teenage years and what a warm, fuzzy memory. The warm kitchen, smells and eventually tastes? Mmmmmmm

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 4, 2015, at 8:41 AM
  • I am not sure the weatherman knows until the next morning, but ...... I understand the wish for a few days like this during the summer. Sometimes it occurs, but it does not seem to be often.

    I harvested okra, Lima beans and tomatoes this morning but there are some Chinese mustards and mizuna ready for stir frying. Of course, it could be in salads or my smoothies, but I prefer stir fried.

    While I was harvesting the Lia beans I heard a noise on the other side of the yardlong beans. PITA decided I needed to thin the new seedlings coming up for my Fall garden. I guess I need to put my wire on the bed now and then use it to support the "tobacco cloth" later.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 4, 2015, at 12:32 PM
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