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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day!

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 9:58 AM
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  • If you watch the clip, notice the horse is listening intently.:-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 26, 2016, at 9:58 AM
  • "Oh Oh Oh Oklahoma" was also where the wind came rushing down the plain!...

    I could get more beans planted if these windy, wet, snippets of wanna rain, would slow down a bit!...

    But today!...""Shel, Shel, Shel, Shel, Shel--be--villia should be sunny, bright, and warming on my beans...I'll be rush--ing to plant my beans...and I won't stop...until I'm hot...or the pol--len gets--to--my fa--ce!....la, la, la...Oh what a beautiful day!...It will be!""

    My cat is just starring at me...shes never seen type singing before...off key at that!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Mar 28, 2016, at 8:08 AM
  • I'm with your cat chefgrape. I'm trying to grasp what this could be like!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 28, 2016, at 10:58 AM
  • She probably wonders why you are planting beans so early.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, Mar 29, 2016, at 7:25 PM
  • I actually planted the beans for the vine coverage on my bamboo and the flowers the vines produce.....beans are an added bonus!.....we will see what happens....I might end up having to cover things a time or two but I'm hoping for a longer growing season as well....L'm playing with it out of bordom also!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Mar 30, 2016, at 12:03 PM
  • You might want to cover the area with something at night even before something comes up too keep the soil temp up so germination will be better. (just to help the boredom, of course)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 30, 2016, at 12:18 PM
  • I bought some school lunch bags and have been skewering them over the tomatoes and the tender herbs like the sage...seems to be the cure for a cool snap....this romaine I stuck in the ground loves this weather...

    I won't have to water today thanks to this freaky stormy weather! I think we're in for a good soaking this time, then a warm sunny weekend...Hooray!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Mar 31, 2016, at 6:21 AM
  • I am about to enjoy the rain as I feed our outside cats. As a gardener I usually welcome it.

    Tried to get more done in advance to take advantage of washing nutrients or breaking the soil into smaller pieces. Was mildly successful but never enough.

    What would be timely topics for the garden club next week?

    I've been knocking a few things around about WHY organic or natural growing is imperative but trying to temper it so it isn't a sermon. I've almost always done that but the recent presentation I attended about Honey bees has me ready to rant.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 31, 2016, at 6:53 AM
  • In a way, I am fortunate that I have so much extra preparation this year in expanding the garden. It is holding me back from pushing the envelope as you are chef.

    I am prone to doing that and may have done a little with my peas, spinach and cabbages but they are tougher than most so it wasn't a big gamble. I see 36 degree in the forecast for Saturday and a few colder nights later on.

    While I just planted some black carrots and radishes, they too can handle the cool snaps. What I have not had time to do is start tender seedlings in the greenhouse, only a few in milk jugs and they are getting leggy.

    I got one tomato plant from the seed swap that I have been babying and it too is starting to get leggy. I usually don't mind some of that and keep planting deeper in larger pots but I've run out of deeper pots so now I am experimenting again.

    I cut the bottom out of a large styrofoam drink cup that I would usually start plants in, turned it upside down and fed the tomato plant through the hole in the bottom, which is now the top.

    I then filled that up with potting soil to support the leggy top and maybe grow roots as well. But it wasn't enough so I did a second one. Now I have what looks like an upside down ice cream cone with a tomato coming out the top. Yikes!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 31, 2016, at 9:37 PM
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