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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Surprise surprise! Maybe from the rain storm?

Posted Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11:57 AM
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  • Interesting story about the cat tree......There seems to be a cat explosion this year......Perhaps that's what happened to the limb......

    Have you considered covering your eggplants until there is the need for pollination ? Maybe it wouldn't make a difference........

    On a frustrating note.....I have had two workers misidentify Virginia Creeper in my yard this week........One refused to work on my HC unit because there was some crawling up one side even though I showed him the difference between VC and Poison Ivy......The other threw my large fiberglass planter across the yard and hacked down my blackberry vines to get to the other side of my propane tank for the same reason. Getting ready for a condo on the beach.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jun 26, 2016, at 9:38 AM
  • Was he afraid there was a snake in the planter? Yeesh, what good did it do him to throw the planter?

    You don't have good luck with yard boys lately.

    I plan on putting a wire cage along all of them to keep unwanted animals (wonder who) off them and planned on a shade cloth to get them used to full sun, so a full cloth would work. I'll see if I have enough to close it off.

    I was going to put them near the house, but really don't have good space left, already spoken for, so I am going to mow the garden (yup, mow) then insert them in planting holes instead of tilling the ground up for the whole garden bed.

    That should keep whatever moisture I have in there, provide an instant mulch and hopefully hold the new weeds down to a minimum. Maybe it will also throw off flea beetles and bad bugs.

    Gardening for me is always an experiment.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 26, 2016, at 3:27 PM
  • Speaking of baby cats, way at the beginning. We temporarily have a baby opossum as of this morning. I checked with Vicky Carden (T-G naturalist blogger fame) and she said it sounded old enough to take care of itself until I get it in the hands of rescue helpers tomorrow.

    Its' eyes were open, it grinned at me when I picked it up, the tail curled as they usually do, had plenty of fur and was about 9" long,including the tail.

    While this one could probably be cared for here, it is against the law to raise wild animals and we really have enough babies to take care of now. Besides, if it got to used to us, it would come around as an adult and those are NOT off limits to our dogs, so I would hate for them to kill it.

    PITA (our big Coon hound, lab, or something mix)seems to love babies. She is really too big to care for them well, but I know she takes care of baby kittens and believe she is the one who brought the baby opossum into our greenhouse last night.

    It was unharmed, although wet from slobber because PITA carried it in her mouth to bring to us. They were probably chasing the Momma and this baby fell off.

    She's taken care of baby kittens who were dropped in the yard by mother's who did not know what was going on and had her litter out in the open.

    Just this week she brought us two. I was down the yard working in the garden and when I came up PITA had these little newborns in the grass next to her. Still warm, wet and wiggling. She was just laying next to them, watching. Probably keeping Spottie away.

    I took them in the garage and heard a cat growling at me from under a new location, so I figured she was the new mom. Left babies on a pillow right next to the growl and they were picked up and brought under the wood.

    I don't know where to return the baby opossum so it will have to be raised before released or other night animals, including the cats and dogs, will likely kill it. There is enough death out there, so a little kindness is always in line.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 26, 2016, at 3:45 PM
  • That's the right date because Tuesday is the 5th right after Monday being the 4th making it a 3 day weekend and all the fireworks everyone shoots off the evening of my birthday which always for some reason falls on the 5th....Ha!......I'm asking for a couple "millon bucks" (just a couple nothing elaborant or anything) this year.....no need to wrap it, Besides no one needs to spend money on bows, cards, paper, and stuff.....that can get quite exspensive!.....I mean have you seen the price of candles latly?....oh just remember no surprise critters this year Earl gets jelous of all my pet yard squirrels as it is!....Just kidding shes not that jelous! Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jun 27, 2016, at 1:26 PM
  • Bill wrappers will be OK?

    The baby opossum was turned over to wildlife rescue so you won't be getting that one. Sadly, the rescue person thought the baby may have internal injuries so we may lose the battle.

    It was not trying to eat and this morning I semi-force fed it some milk. I'm not sure if I want to know if it survived or not. This way I can believe it did. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 27, 2016, at 1:39 PM
  • Baby opposum are cool...they sure can look narly when they are older though.....I've noticed more armadilla latley, they seem to have migrated north somewhat....I wonder if global warming has something to do with it or if it's that there are just so many that they are spreading out!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jun 28, 2016, at 8:24 AM
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