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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Ordered some mini cucumbers and kaleidoscope carrots. These are items that are supposed to be "hot" in farmers markets this year. We shall see, this market here is tough, lots of people don't like things like beets,squash,and anything different. Hoping for a good garden this year, hoping even more that Hagar can participate more this year-he enjoys it so much. Health reasons last year kept him out of the garden once the ground was broken and ready to plant. Thanks to the black plastic mulch, there was little he could do anyway, the garden took care of itself with just minor watering from me and fertilizing(manure tea ). And of course harvesting. Some days it was at 3 am, the day before sale day at the tracks, providing the freshest possible veggies. String beans were always picked on Friday afternoon late for sale on Saturday-I have not yet perfected picking beans by flashlight. Hagar is threatening to put stadium lights on the perimeter so I can work at night! Not a bad idea really....I just want this winter to be over so we can get started. I have shoveled all the snow I want to shovel for this year. It is nowhere near the amount of snow many of you have had to deal with, but still-this is supposed to be the South!

Sure would love to hear from some of you of your garden plans this year.
February 28 at 07:41 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love reading your posts, Bird. I'm pretty adventurous, especially when food is involved, and would love to see something like kaleidoscope carrots at a local farmers market. You probably have to make an educated guess about what you can grow and successfully promote at your local market. If a local grower sold those carrots here in OKC, I'd be a buyer!

My garden plans: I managed to grow a lot of veggies in the roughly 3x2 neglected space adjacent to the patio of my apartment last year. I'm moving into a house with a yard and hope to be relocated by Spring planting time. Most of what I want to plant will have to be from established seedlings. Hope to have bumper crops of several tomato varieties, English cukes, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, tons of herbs, and OKRA! I will need to figure out what I can do in terms of root veggies like beets and carrots.

If my new digs has a mature, healthy pecan tree ... sweet!
February 28 at 11:04 EST .


   Balogreene  I just want to have the time. Last summer I worked at work so hard, nothing happened. I'm planning a few tomatoes, herbs, would love to do english cakes, squash, and OKRA!. I'm not fond of root veggies, so, just a few things, with a few flowers.
March 1 at 19:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Our garden is still under 3-4' of snow - even with the thaw & refreeze. Vertigo & sciatica kept me out of the garden last year & this Spring looks grim due to the weeds and wild roses & blackberry bushes that have tipped & spread. Looking forward to getting the deck replaced and being able to do some waist high plantings : ) Love all the posts, they give me hope.and encouragement.
Tuesday at 11:19 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  http://picky-palate.com/2015/02/16/parmesan-pecan-chicken-te
nders/


Looks like something to jazz up the taste of chicken tenders. Once both of us completely get over being sick, that is.
February 28 at 00:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  If you look at the list on the left, the walls list, you will see "Faith" comes before "Gardening". It takes a lot of Faith to manage a garden and all of its ups and downs and just plain hard work. I always feel closer to God and all of my loved ones who have passed, especially those who loved to dig in the dirt. Many times I will be just plain overwhelmed with the task I am involved in and sometimes not very happy about it, but soon enough the calm sets in and I am "good" again. I am anxious for the temperatures to start warming for real so I can get back out there and get things ready. Pretty soon we will be starting our seedlings, that is another job! Lots and lots of tiny seedlings everywhere! Hagar keeps telling me we should buy more of this seed and get some of that seed because these items will be "hot" at farmers markets. I cannot wait to see our little old ladies again, the ones with not so much money to spend(they always get extra from us because we love them, even the one who scolded me about the string beans! ).
February 24 at 07:34 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  BirdsNest, your post is beautiful. I named my garden, 'Mamma's Garden,' because after my mother passed, that garden helped to heal my broken heart. Day after day, the hard work helped me to sleep at night. In the garden, you can sing, pray, watch butterflies and birds, forgive those who need to be forgiven, and appreciate a gentle breeze. God does work in mysterious ways.
February 26 at 18:42 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Break out the Spiralizer....

http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2015/02/beet-apple-carrot-
salad/


I cannot wait til we have fresh garden beets.
February 23 at 21:19 EST .

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   Balogreene  I've got to try beets again. I never liked them, but it's been a while. Carrots, I still don't like, last tried one about 6 months ago. But, mom would like this, as would my sister.
February 23 at 22:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was all set to make this yesterday but the two stores I went to had no beets.... will wait til they're in season. I love my sweet pickled beets & wonder if I'll ever get back to growing and canning again.
February 28 at 20:48 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  I absolutely adore the picture on the Mother Ship this morning. Budgies are so much fun to have around.
February 23 at 07:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  It seems Bettijo has not been posting recently....hope she is alright. Anybody??
February 22 at 08:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  You're right. Bettijo, where are you? I thought I'd seen her recently, so went looking. It's been a while since we've seen her.
February 23 at 20:07 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Had an email from her yesterday
February 24 at 11:51 EST .

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   Gerty  Thanks for checking in on that, Miss EC!
February 25 at 16:30 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Cold weather, hands in a lot of water all day long,paper towels spells misery. I have been dealing with cracked skin around fingertips and nails.Pure misery. Hagar suggested I soak my hands in warm epsom salt water and once the fingers are dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment to sore areas, put on gloves and KEEP them on. It has helped tremendously. It has been the worst this year, 6 finger tips angry and cracked. Last winter I had one small incident.
February 20 at 08:03 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Birdy, next time you are at Walmart look for "Fruit of the Earth" Vitamin E skin Care Cream. It works wonders and I have not been able to find a place to buy it on the internet even with the address:
www.fote.com
It is a miracle cream of E, Aloe, Wheat Germ, Sunflower, Collagen, Elastin. The DH needs it for a dry spot over his eye, and 44 yr old Jungle Rot, plus we used it on Beaglie's surgery, made in USA Fort Worth and no Animal testing. Best stuff ever.
February 21 at 11:07 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can't believe it, checked months ago and it was not available, now Amazon has it at about half of Walmart :
http://www.amazon.com/Fruit-Earth-Cream-
Super-Value/dp/B0009VNI2C/ref=sr_1_1/181
-8568019-0713902?ie=UTF8&qid=1424535347&
sr=8-1&keywords=fruit+of+the+earth+aloe+
cream
February 21 at 11:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks EC, I will have to get some of that.
February 22 at 09:03 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Also use it on my feet, I have PDA parifeil artery disease that causes very dry scaly skin , also use Savex Foot Care for "quick relief for dryness, cracks, itching, helpful for Diabetics" that is made by Kenwick Labs, CA www.savexlipcare.com Mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin, coconut butter and more oil stuff, USA made.
spell checker having a fit, oh well, hope you know what I am trying to convey.
February 22 at 19:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Ladies, whatever you use on your hands and feet, wear gloves and socks at night (at least ). It really helps. My sister, who buys lots of inexpensive gifts, got me special gloves and socks at Bed Bath and Beyond, they work wonders! Of course that was years ago, and you have to wait for them to go on sale.
February 22 at 22:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  These cold temperatures have put a work stoppage on my garden. I have been tidying it up, pulling stakes and dead plants and composting much of the result. This year we plan to try a few raised beds using this idea...,.
http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
Ours will not be mounded like the photo, we plan to dig the depth of a shovel down, remove the soil, add the decaying wood and then when that is at ground level, we will add the soil above to a depth of about 6-8". At least that's the plan. Wood frame around the area. I am hoping it works well. These will go in the back of the garden where the soil is always dry. Nothing will grow well there even when we use soaker hoses.

With the snow predicted for the next day, plans and visions of garden goodness will be put on hold for snow shoveling and pushing paths to the animals and an escape route to town. Maybe if we had a greenhouse...
February 16 at 08:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fascinating articles, videos & comments, scanned through 1/2 dozen. Thanks for posting.
February 16 at 20:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  We have always loved watching Westminster. With no cable or satellite that won't be happening, but I do hope someone posts lots of pictures.

We lost our old Silkie rooster "Jacob". The cold temps and his age, it was not a surprise but I miss him. One of the 4 newer chicks has his colouring and we hope at least one of the four is a rooster....too early to tell. They have gotten quite big, so tonight I am thinking of putting them in the Silkie house with the 4 hens in there, more bodies to keep each other warm. That only gives me one moveable cage to worry about in the coming storm. Keeping snow out is a job, it filters into every tiny hole. Wish me luck.
February 16 at 08:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  I don't know if this will help, the page froze on me -
http://www.ibtimes.com/westminster-dog-s
how-2015-live-stream-when-where-watch-13
9th-annual-special-tv-1811342
February 16 at 09:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  How did you make out with the chicks & hens during the storm?
February 18 at 07:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A busy day keeping water containers filled with liquid. About every 3 hrs to either break the ice or just add fresh. The big chickens went exploring but pretty much limited themselves to the paths I had shoveled. Silkies looked out the door and stayed in all day. The young Silkies with the 2 moms, I could not catch them so they stayed in the moveable cage which only had a small area that got infiltrated with snow. The call ducks only had a small area with snow so they were happy when I changed their water out frequently. The biggest hassle all day was just before dark, getting the big chickens into their house. When I thought they were all inside, I did a bedcheck, 4 were missing. So I spent an hour locating them and getting them in the house. I was nearly frozen by that time, shuffling through fresh snow, getting down on hands and knees looking under stuff trying to figure out where they were. The last hen was tucked in a protected area where she clearly intended to spend the night.
Thanks for asking Mei Dei, these animals take a lot of time and effort but bring much joy (and heartache ).
February 18 at 09:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  You never cease to amaze me Bird. You are the Ultimate Mother Hen to your brood.
As for the Westminster, I'm so glad I watched - in the last group we learned a neighbor had her Westie entered as best of it's group [3rd time & made it] but didn't win the toy group. She's a breeder, as well as forming a group that places rescued Westies .. will keep that in mind, cute little dogs.
February 18 at 15:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  I should have posted this earlier....

http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2015/02/mini-puff-pancak
e-pots.html
February 15 at 11:58 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Thanks to your post, I signed up for their newsletters, I even put them on the DH laptop. Just love their site and also the A Family Feast site, I would starve without all of your input. My PC, that was 1 week out is going on 3 so I have no contacts in this DH laptop, or I would send a personal THANK YOU
February 15 at 12:17 EST .

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