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Steve Mills

Weed'em & Reap has one more "social" meeting to go.

Posted Monday, November 2, 2015, at 9:29 AM
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  • For one, I will be bringing the "purple plant" cuttings. I will also be bringing the lemon grass to divide, some indoor plants and if someone wants to try to root their own fig tree over the cold months, I will cut some. (won't bring them unless someone speaks up)

    THEN, I am seriously considering cleaning out my seed supply. Everything, including the edamame. ;-)

    I am considering this for several reasons. One to clean house. I really need to blow it out and start again.

    Two to "re-fresh" the stock.

    Three to keep from planting the same old thing. Much of my produce is given away and since I am trying to reduce the size of the garden, I am going to reduce the amount I grow "for someone else".

    Three and four are similar in that I want to try some new, unique things. The new Baker Creek Seed catalog is "at the printers" and I want to experiment some more. http://www.rareseeds.com/

    Oh, I will still grow the fuzzy melon, but a different variety, and the bitter melon (my non-favorite). I am really going to try to limit the tomatoes to two or three types. And they will be the smooth, standards for slicing, sauces or salad.

    AND catnip! What used to be a weed has totally disappeared and the few I grow are soooo loved by our cats that they don't stand a chance to become a weed again. I've gotta grow MORE! I actually bought some from the store this past week.

    I will discuss varieties later this year or early net year when the cold is chillin' our bones and we need to start dreaming of the next season.

    I also need to go over what worked well, did not work well or never came to fruition at all compared to plans of last Spring. Ooooh, that's gonna hurt some.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 2, 2015, at 9:29 AM
  • Oh yes, want to know where we will be meeting? Small detail but it will be at the UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160 starting at 6:30 PM on Friday November 6th.

    The next meeting after that will be our last of the year. It will be a social, but the details won't be decided until Friday.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 2, 2015, at 9:32 AM
  • Steve, if you'd like I can bring some catnip. I can't get rid of it and it grows everywhere...I'll trade you for some ripe tomatoes...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Nov 3, 2015, at 6:39 AM
  • Right now I have five. Hope they hold until Friday.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 3, 2015, at 12:59 PM
  • so is that a yes or no...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Nov 3, 2015, at 6:08 PM
  • Yes on the catnip, uhmmm, yes on 4 tomatoes, the fifth one is riening too fast.

    I will run through the garden today or tomorrow to see if I have some more that will ripen.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 4, 2015, at 11:50 AM
  • Just kidding Steve. I already potted some catnip for you last night. Some tomatoes would be nice but not necessary.

    Now, all I have to do is make sure I go Friday...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Nov 4, 2015, at 12:26 PM
  • I picked four more, but for some reason they are blemished. No bugs that I could see but it must be, so I disposed of them. Deb says these other four won't last. We'll see.

    The tomatoes that volunteered late this summer are looking sooo nice. It is a shame, but they will not make it to flowering I fear. It is a warm Fall but......

    My talking about not getting a a killing frost yet has made me wonder if that is why I have so many Asian Ladybugs. While they will and already have started clustering in different areas, they may also be here because flowers are still blooming and bugs are still "bugging". IN other words, FOOD is still available.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 4, 2015, at 5:55 PM
  • espoontoon, our cats are eternally thankful of your donation to the catnip fund.

    I have been taking some cuttings to root and trimming the original plants to ease their transition from your soil to pots. The resulting trimmings are being enjoyed both inside and outside.

    I put some in the greenhouse, some in the garage and of course, some in the house. A hit with everyone!!!


    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 8, 2015, at 7:07 PM
  • I am please to say ALL seeds and plants were whisked away. I may have more plants at the social meeting coming up. I need room to grow more. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 9, 2015, at 9:18 AM
  • You're welcome! Let me know if you ever need any more...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Nov 10, 2015, at 1:31 PM
  • While I was starting new catnip I also decided to try rooting my eggplants that did so well this year. After the fact I checked to see about rooting them and it seems that it is not uncommon at all.

    Also brought in three different peppers (hot). We never use them for cooking but they sure are pretty.

    The hibiscus are thanking us for bringing them in last week. Profuse flowers on both of them.

    If it is any consolation espoontoon, I ate the last tomato in a sandwich a few minutes ago and threw the rest out. It was close to tasteless. It looked fabulous but..... blah.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 10, 2015, at 2:08 PM
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