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Steve Mills

Social Garden Club meeting is over and gone for Friday 10-23-15.

Posted Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7:33 AM
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  • Anyone notice the ladybugs congregating again? Hard to doing anything outside without a ladybug being involved.

    I offered last time to split and share some lemon grass if anyone has a place to overwinter it. Let me know or I will leave it home until the regular meeting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 22, 2015, at 4:29 PM
  • A setcresea cutting sounds interesting . I could also overwinter lemon grass in my basement.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Thu, Oct 22, 2015, at 4:54 PM
  • Great. Another member has asked off-blog for the purple plant too. I have plenty and admired that plant for many years.

    It seems disease and bug resistant and I think you will enjoy it. When it is not in full sun it turns a bit green, but no worries, it will "purple up" once it has full sun again.

    The lemon grass has always been elusive to me. I bought some starter plants a few times and they always died. This time I got lucky with seeds.

    I placed the pot on top of a straw bale outside intending to put it in the ground. I ever got around to it and the roots went deep inside.

    I will cut the pot and open the bale to get as much of the roots as possible. I have no idea if this will help, but it should not hurt.

    While I have not used it for cooking yet, it has a definite lemon smell and I know it is used extensively on many Southeast Asia dishes so I will be interested in hearing what you think next year.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 22, 2015, at 5:39 PM
  • I am nursing two with bronchitis and the jury is still out if I will join them soooo, the possibility is strong that I may not be there tonight. (nor might you want me there)

    I happened to have a full dose of antibiotics just sitting in the medicine cabinet and started the regimen as soon as I started feeling off-key. So far, so good.

    I won't forget the requests for lemon grass and setcreasea. If a frost threatens between now and the next full meeting November 6th, I will bring the cuttings in and move the lemon grass inside.

    After the full meeting, we will have one more social on November 20th which will be the Friday before Thanksgiving. This will be our last gathering of the year so if you have been planning to come by and visit this year, you have three more to go.

    One of our founding members has been challenged for the last few weeks with serious illness. I understand she is on the mend and although she does not use a computer, we send out our prayers for a complete recovery.

    When she was in the hospital I did not want to visit for fear of bringing something home to my mother-in-law.(you can catch all kinds of things in there) Now that she is already sick, and I have the possibility of becoming so, it is not good timing either, so Barbara, I'm thinking of you and sending prayers.

    I trust the prayers can get through where the internet can not?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 23, 2015, at 1:58 PM
  • I'll be sure to say some prayers for Barbara. Hope she gets better.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Oct 24, 2015, at 8:38 AM
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