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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Yes!! First garden club meeting of the season! March 11th, this FRIDAY!

Posted Monday, March 7, 2016, at 10:21 AM
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  • I'll be there....bringing a guest.....are you?.....ask a friend, relative, acquaintance, etc. to come with you!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Mar 8, 2016, at 3:05 PM
  • Everyone has "unfriended" me except for garden club members. LOL

    Are you posting on FB?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 8, 2016, at 3:39 PM
  • Posted.

    Boy, if this weather does not have your gardening spirit up, check for a pulse!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 9, 2016, at 11:20 AM
  • I ran out of potting soil to add to the tire gardens so last night I took a trailer down and started working on the wood chip compost. It will be a good comparison to see if either works better.

    I have to get my summer veggies started and planned to do some in the milk carton, winter sowing method. I may just wait to do a little demo on that a well during the garden club meeting.

    I've changed the picture up above to reflect the changes

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 9, 2016, at 11:29 AM
  • I looked in the milk jugs again today after watering them two days ago. To my surprise, there are things sprouting that I did not plant this Spring.

    Two jugs have what appears to be small black seed melon, but I dod no have a black seed melon. Does anyone remember if any of those seeds I gave away at our last meeting in the Fall had black flat seeds?

    I am guessing these are seeds of something I tried to start last year and it did not sprout so when I re-used the potting soil this year, SURPRISE!

    Maybe a small watermelon? But I don't remember having watermelon seeds last year.

    Now I am in a quandary because I HAVE TO let them grow, but they are in with seeds that are Spring cabbages, rutabagas, choys, etc.. I am going to have to keep them inside and see what they are.

    Oh well, exciting times for a gardener.

    I measured out that I now have about 1760 square feet of growing beds, not counting walkways. That is probably 2.5 times what I was doing before last year. Guess I might have room for some corn now. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 9, 2016, at 7:44 PM
  • I think we will give away one of the tire gardens made Friday. That means some lucky person will go home with a brand new, slightly used and modified (cut and inside out) 215/65 R16 Michelin tire raised garden bed frame. (don't hold me to size, but I think that is it)(also said frame because I ain't supplying the soil or seeds either)

    The "brand new" comes from the fact that it would be just made that night. :-) IS the excitement building? I'd give more away, but I need all the growing space I can get this season.

    We will also send someone home with a pre-seeded, newly modified Kroger milk jug ready for setting outside to watch grow your favorite ??? What should I put in there? I got several 6 eggplant varieties, 13 squash, 4 edible gourds, but sorry, no tomatoes unless you want to bring the seed.

    BUT that does not guarantee you'll win so if you want to be sure, bring a jug, some potting soil and seed and we'll make sure you go home with your choice.

    I'll suggest care instructions at the meeting, but there will be others there whom I know have winter sown as well. Probably can't call it Winter Sowing any more. How about Early Spring?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 10, 2016, at 7:48 AM
  • Great meeting and thanks to Chef Grape, great eats. The banana coconut pie was a taste-bud experience not to miss and a surprise hit was the freshness, crunch and sweetness of those radishes. Yum. (not in the pie)

    The meeting for the 'social' was not set but it was loosely determined that the second Friday of each month would be our main meeting (until we change it), but won't change it unless there is a major event overlapping.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 14, 2016, at 7:26 AM
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