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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  The garden, still not tilled. Okay, it's really been too chilly at night to really get gung ho about planting. I pulled up the beets that were not growing well in the raised bed. Replanted beets but this time I put Black Kow in the row and then put the seeds in. Either the soil was not good enough or the weather kept the original seeds from growing properly, so I decided to start over. I pulled radishes to sell at the tracks, gave away 3 bundles and sold 6. The last 2 bundles I gave to the old guy from the food truck, he is always bringing me something to eat from there. Last week I gave the younger lady a cookbook...something about Cakes. Very fancy French cookbook. Bought it for a dollar brand new, looked through it and passed it on to someone that might appreciate it more. Seems the ladies had a hard time making food for customers last week, they were busy passing the book around!! Almost out of landscape fabric, so the weed elimination is at a standstill. Trying to figure out where to put the greenhouse. I will let our friend Ray decide-he's an expert. He also volunteered to help construct it.
7 hours ago .

   MeiDei  The people who owned the house before us used scraps/leftover carpeting (upside down ) as a weed barrier in the paths between the rows. Sometimes carpet stores let you have scraps free.
5 hours ago .

   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Click here for a week's worth of recipes. Balogreene alert!!! There is a rhubarb recipe....
7 hours ago .

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   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  Does anyone else know about RedBox?? I was talking to a friend in PA and she had never heard of RedBox. If you don't know it is a vending machine for movie rentals. Very sophisticated.
Friday at 08:22 EST .

   Gram77  RedBox is all over Florida. It appeared after Block Buster video closed. $1.65 to rent and return the next day. Can't beat that when you see what the theaters charge!
Friday at 14:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  There is a RedBox vending machine at the entrance to my local Walgreen. I've never tried it, though. I have Netflix and FIOS OnDemand.
Friday at 14:23 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Pet Peeves  WalMart used to be at least 50 cents cheaper on certain items than the local Food Lion. They have been inching their pricing to within a penny of the FL prices. I have been buying small cans of whip cream, their brand for .89 cents for several weeks. Yesterday it was $1.37. The cashier said she had the same wake up call for an item she buys frequently. I think FL sells a name brand can of whip cream for the same price. Time to fleece the tourists I guess.
April 26 at 06:35 EST .

   MeiDei  That's a 50% price increase! What is so strange is that I was able to buy high end meats & seafood during the Carter years that are unaffordable today - I had 1/3 the income than I do now but today's $$ are worth less - inflation must only happen during a Republican in the WH [sic].
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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Dental cleaning yesterday. I don't know why but I hate it. My head hurts from it. I am being whiny today. Tired from all the garden work plus the animals. At least the animals make me smile. Seems all I have been doing is going to doctors. But then I realize I have been neglecting my own health for several years. Hagar's health was paramount for a long time, now I have to make sure I will be okay. Yesterday I had to go to WalMart for a CMR. Comprehensive Medical Review. The pharmacist went over my Rx list (very short ) and explained to me the recommendations of the insurance company. Only one change in medication due to diabetes. And they would like to encourage me to get immunizations...Hep B, flu(NO! ). pneumonia (NO! ) and shingles. Maybe the Hep B because I am testing blood sugar and giving myself needles for insulin.
April 26 at 06:28 EST .

   MeiDei  After hearing from 3 family members about shingles & one who got the shot in time vs. the 2 who didn't - I'm seriously considering the shot. One who was misdiagnosed & too late to get the shot, had over 6 mos. of intense pain & finally had to get a pain management implant - in use for nearly 2 years now.
April 26 at 19:49 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I have been potting seedlings and making room for them in the house until the weather starts to be more stable. I still have 3 trays of 72 each tomato plants to re pot. And waiting for the farmer....if he doesn't come in the next day or two, the rain will keep him away for a week. My friend tilled a small patch for me but it is not the main garden. I have a strip between the raised beds and the trellis that is overgrown in wheat grass from the moveable pens being there. Just moved the pens back into the area. They can eat the grass and when they have completed the whole length, then I will get my friend to till it. This way the pens have some place to be. I hate to waste all thet lovely grass, the chickens and guineas really eat it.
April 26 at 06:19 EST .

   BirdsNest  My tomatoes are terrible looking. They have been stressed inside and probably I should just throw them out and try to start over. I don't have anymore of most of those seeds. Better late than never, I found a greenhouse 6x8 still in the box, never used. I asked that the people hold it for me, gave them a deposit, and next week I will get it. The price was 1/3 of what they sell for at Harbor Freight. Not as big as I would like but it will beat what I have now, which is nothing. Hope "the tracks" is busy this weekend.
Friday at 08:08 EST .

   MeiDei  Can you save the tomatoes by burying them deeply & leaving only an upper set of leaves showing? I hate to see you lose anything after all that work.
20 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  They are too wilty to think about planting right now. The soil is chilled and they would simply die. I will wait for another week to see how many actually survive. I may just go ahead and get more seed to start over. These were heirloom tomatoes so finding the seed locally is a joke. Have to order online.
7 hours ago .

   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  My internet data is all used up because Microsoft just HAD to download a bunch of updates. My cell phone is not playing nice so I will post when I have purchased my usual 4G data. Tomorrow
April 19 at 19:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  It's "tick season" already. Found one of the tiny ones on me this morning. Looks like I will need to release one or two of the guineas that are caged. MAYBE they won't destroy the garden.

All I have to do is clean up the burn pile area and sift the ashes and I am ready for the farmer to come till the garden. Well, I do have to move a couple of cages out of the area but the hard stuff is done. It takes the guineas and chickens 3 days to completely eat the grass in their cages once they are moved to a fresh area. Today is such a day, moving them to a fresh patch of ground covered with grass. They love it and I love how they mow the grass.
April 13 at 07:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Careful of those tick bites, you can get Lyme Disease more than once.
April 14 at 14:13 EST .

   BirdsNest posted on Movies & Reviews  RedBox finally had a copy of "Brooklyn". I didn't think I was going to like it, but I did. It is a lovely movie. Lots of tugging at heartstrings. Thanks Storm for suggesting it.
April 12 at 22:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh, I'm so glad you liked it. The book is good too, if you want to try it. The story varies a little from the film, but not much.
April 13 at 10:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Here's something else to read...

I have many kinds of tomatoes coming up, inside of course. I just transferred some to a bigger growing area. I caved last week and bought one Cherokee Purple plant about 1 ft tall. It is in the house waiting for the rest of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes to get bigger. I probably have 30 about 2" tall. I was transferring the little seedlings and the smell of tomato was amazing. The ones that are in bigger pots are Berkeley Tie Die, Cherokee Purple, German Green and Pineapple. Many more to go. Just have to make some space for them and get some more shop lights. WalMart gets 2 fixtures at a time. I need 3, so I may try at another place.
April 10 at 17:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The farmer that tills the 2 acres in the back also tills my garden area. He stopped on Friday and wanted to know when I was going to be ready. I said this week, but I may have to text him and delay it. I want to get the extra fenced in area removed so he can do that too. I don't need it right now and it would look better if it was tilled. So today I started removing the wire fencing. Got that done. Took out the wood corner bracing. Cleaned up the burn pile. Had not burned it yet but since it was wood packing crates and pallets I decided to get it out of there and burn the crates out of the garden. There are so many nails that I don't want to miss any on cleanup and have the farmer puncture a tire. SO all of that got moved out of there plus the extra moveable chicken cages. I have yet to dig up the metal fence posts. I got tired and my back was starting to hurt so I quit for today. Once that is done it's just a matter of finding a spot to move the 2 pens that are there and I am almost ready for him to do his thing.
April 10 at 17:38 EST .

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