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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Changing from meat to veggies, almost.

Posted Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 3:10 PM
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  • I started some of my cool weather seeds in late March. Everything else a couple weeks ago. For some reason, none of my squash seeds have germinated. The early ones I planted were eaten by birds (I think). So far, it's been a pretty good year for seedlings, except for the squash...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 5:58 AM
  • I'm seeded out, everything I'm going to grow is out there except for possibly a flower or two next to my back door. I wish my Cuban oregano had made it over winter, It's really dead and so is one of the two periwinkle I picked up at Lowe's!

    Those pesky squirrels! What a time I've really had with those varmints! I may have burned them good though after pouring two containers of red pepper around everything, well until it rained. They have dug almost a half a row of strawberries up...Next step!...More pepper and a few moth balls! They are getting closer to squirrel stew as I write this!

    Some gardening can be challenging!..Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 8:18 AM
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    Chefgrape, maybe you need a .22. If you get them in the head you could still make stew out of them whereas if you used a shotgun, the stew could be dicey. Better yet, get a cat. I have a picture of a squirrel half way up a tree and you can just barely see my cat's paws--he was on the back side of the tree stalking the squirrel.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, May 2, 2016, at 11:37 AM
  • I got a cat! She's too snooty for those lower echelon squirrels Ha!

    Besides she's and indoor cat...If she could get at them she would probably help them dig the holes...you should see my ex-favorite chair which seems to be her scratching post!

    Know a good leather upholsterer!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, May 3, 2016, at 11:00 AM
  • Nice picture fair share. If you want to post that send it to me in a private email. No worries about me sharing that info, just the pic. ;-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2016, at 12:31 PM
  • Steve,

    You are too funny.......A new herb.....Stinging Nettle.....Hah !

    When I had my farm in Clinton, Tennessee I bought a rototiller and tilled the largest garden I have ever planted.... Because I could ...Well, not being familiar with Tennessee weeds I let some of them get away from me..........Because the Nettle did what it was supposed to do I got painfully stung so often that I let them take over a section of the garden....They grew to be taller than I was.....Five and a half feet......

    Little did I know they were good for arthritis.........And selling for $15.00 a plate in one of the hottest restaurants in New York City........Both of these things I found out after I moved from the property the next year.....DRAT !

    I haven't seen them in my gardens since.......The garden gods are known for their toying and laughing.........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 3, 2016, at 12:36 PM
  • Yes, I am a bit apprehensive about some of the "herbs" I am trying but I am not confident in wild plant identification, so I figured I would start it from a known source.

    I feel confident that I have it, as well as a few others, but it is cheaper to start from seed than pay someone to come down and identify it. I have an "old" friend who IS and expert but it is not fair to use that since she would be coming from 1.5 hours away.

    This would be a great garden club topic, but .....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2016, at 2:07 PM
  • Well, I don't know what other " herbs " you are trying but Stinging Nettle would be easy to ID........

    Actually it would be a great topic....I have trouble identifying a few weeds because they are not what I grew up with.......I meant to ask my daughter when she was over last week but forgot.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, May 3, 2016, at 5:25 PM
  • I made a goof on our meeting date, which IS Friday May 13th. Except for my mental lapse, this is great because it gives me a little time to explore the wild plant identification topic.

    I was going to post more here, but may move it to a separate topic so "browsers" will see the headline and maybe join in.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 4, 2016, at 7:35 AM
  • And the winner is...... Balsam Flower Mixed. The SS stands for where I got them, seed swap. These are the first seedlings up and going.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 12:37 PM
  • And the runner up? Rutgers tomato.

    Slow blog day folks, that's all I got. :-/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 6, 2016, at 4:01 PM
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