Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Full Weed'em & Reap Garden Club this coming Friday, April 8th.

Posted Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 5:41 PM
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  • Depending on which service you check, we are flirting with some damaging cold this week. Maybe not tonight unless you are prone to being colder than the rest, but Friday and Saturday we look a little chilly.

    Unless it changes, I am planning on covering my figs Friday and Saturday night. They are sprouting leaves and even have small figs on them so 32 could do damage.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 4, 2016, at 11:28 AM
  • Speaking of figs, sprouting leaves etc., I am back on my smoothies again. Kay, I am back on by smoothies!

    Watch out world, I am reading a new book and I find the words motivating. It is not about smoothies, not about weight loss, but it is about health and eating dirt. Yeah, my favorite snack while in the garden. (don't believe it kids)

    What is about is seeing if I can solve my crappy feeling, low energy levels, aches, pains, sleep deprivations (you name it) by eating. More about this later but for now, I am back on my smoothies.

    I bring this up in the gardening post because of some ingredients I am using. Figs from the tree, frozen whole last year, fresh spinach picked minute before blending along with fresh apple mint, lemon mint, and watercress from my water feature/goldfish pond.

    The cress is in the stream coming from the bio-filter, returning water to the goldfish pond. I went looking for some dandelion leaves but could not find any of good quality.

    My dandelions have been suffering over the last few years and part of it, (I think) is from lack of pollination. No one is buzzing the flowers or at least not wen I am around.

    The other thing that seems to be helping me with my smoothies is that I am cutting back the number of ingredients and making smaller batches. I used to sip on my concoctions until noon and I was getting tired of it. Now, two big glasses and I'm done.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 5, 2016, at 7:49 AM
  • I was just looking out at my largest fig "bush" trying to envision how I was going to protect it Friday and Saturday nights. I think a beach umbrella would do nicely.

    It would not open across all of it but I could use it as the top and a frame on which to attach other plastic or sheets that would stretch out further, to the ground. Rocks could then hold the sheets down and all would be as good as it can be.

    I might add a drop light to add some heat, but my biggest concern is if it would be left alone by our home grown pests, the dogs. One in particular and it is no longer PITA. Might look at officially changing her name. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 7:37 AM
  • Oh yes, I do not have a beach umbrella, but I do have what would pass for a golf umbrella and a few smaller for my smaller fig bushes. The point at the top would anchor plastic so I will attach them to metal posts driven into the center and see what develops.

    Could be something for a viral YouTube comedy. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 8:48 AM
  • For those who do not read the Facebook page, I was doing a terribly hard thing today, (taking a nap) and when I got up, went straight to my knees and cannot walk.

    I've had this happen once before while on the road in Minnesota. The hotel folks had to help me get in bed and into my car the next day. After driving to TN, Deb had to help me get in the house.

    Never knew what happened, but after a week or so I was back to normal, whatever that is. I suspect we will still have our meeting, but I may not be able to attend and most likely will not be able to cut tires.

    Not a sure thing, since I recovered before. After a hot bath tonight and more bed rest (it was harmful last time, but...) I may be good enough to at least attend and lead the discussion on natural gardening.

    Who knows, since I can't straighten up,maybe I ca cut tires anyway since for that I bend over. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 8:26 PM
  • Well, good or bad, which do you want first? Bad is that I probably won't be able to cut tires tonight BUT, if you have them bring them and we'll see 'cause the good news is that I should be able to make it.

    I've been able to get enough relief that I can use a walker and wheelchair so by gosh (forceful enough?) I am going to come. I have those fig rootings ready to go and even have 4-5 cuttings that can be rooted.

    I had to cut some off the top to protect them with a tarp, but that project was extremely altered because of the ole' back. Deb helped me pull one over, but no umbrella and much of it was not covered. Just could not get it done.

    Temps will right on the edge for me so fate will have to take its' course. I was looking at my "smart" phone weather report and saw some temps I did not like at all.

    An hour later when I checked it I realized that the reading was for New Jersey where a brother and sister live. Whew! It was NOT going to go into the 20's. Peace was restored.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 8:12 AM
  • I tried getting to the car folks. I won't be able to make it, but Deb is bringing the fig rootings and some brownies. My deepest apologies.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 5:13 PM
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