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Gardening &
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   StormCnter  I'm digging up all the flowering (supposed to be but aren't ) hawthornes in my various landscape. Four in the backyard and six in the front. Two have died and none of them are thriving. I have no idea why not, but I'm giving up on them. I'll replace them with something more reliable.
July 4 at 10:00 EST .

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   Linder  We are enjoying our first green beans and small potatoes from the garden. I'm always surprised at the taste of fresh from the garden produce.
June 26 at 02:04 EST .

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   Linder  Woke to a nice shower here in southern Iowa and appreciate every drop of rain. Have cut back on flowers this year with only two pots mixed with white geranium, white petunias and German ivy and a raised bed of the lowly zinnia.
June 26 at 10:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  Lucky you, Linder. I love green beans (snap beans in Texas ) and new potatoes. As for your cutting back on the flowers, I found that caring for the many inside and outside pots of flora were requiring more of my time than if I ran a daycare center. I, too, cut it all back to just the few I can keep watered and trimmed without dedicating my life to it.
July 4 at 09:58 EST .

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   Linder  Well, that was fun. Just finished pressure canning 7 pints of green beans. Haven't done that for several years and felt like a first time learner. Can't wait to do it again. Listening to the jars ping...4 to go.
July 11 at 16:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  I come here expecting to learn about Bird's garden and domesticated wildlife - I know2 she's busy helping a friend - tough for a good friend to lose a good friend.
June 11 at 21:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My dear friend is just back from 10 days vacation after learning she has 4 blockages in her heart ON TOP OF blocked carotid artery. The doctor did not recommend the 14 hr car ride but for her to stay home would have been more detrimental to her immediate health. I simply told her daughter that there were doctors and hospitals all along the way and seeing her family was all she has talked about for 6 months. I had a nice break from the stress of being watchful over her and was able to get things done here. No big garden again this year. The farmer came 3 weeks ago but the tractor broke down and is still not repaired. I told him to just forget it. It will soon be too hotto plant. I have tomatoes in big pots, just put eggplants in the ground in a small area I worked up and will endeavor to get another area ready for peppers. The raised beds are growing. Picked peas and cleared plants out so that bed is about ready for planting. I feel like I have been spinning my wheels alot. Miss my dear Hagar for a billion reasons but life goes on.
June 15 at 08:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Happy to see you back, it seems the Good Lord had another purpose for you this summer: consider yourself pleasing in his sight.
June 17 at 05:43 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  these look really interesting. Especially for Birdsnest https://www.facebook.com/1831221320461012/videos/18312270671
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April 9 at 15:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had to do some cleanup yard work one day this past week and found that four of my roses were killed by the two 16 degree nights we had last month. I laughed to a friend that George Jones's old hit "It's been a good year for the roses" kept going through my head, although it's been a bad year for MY roses. I sprinkled epsom salts around them just in case Lazarus might rise, but I am not hopeful.
March 12 at 09:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good news! The epsom salts brought the roses I thought were goners back to life. There is new growth all over all of them. Hooray!
March 20 at 16:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  We have 3 roses w/seemingly winter kill - Epsom salts as a cure is new, do tell ... please, said nicely : )
March 30 at 21:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  Aw, Mei. Am I ever other than "nicely"? How much nicer can it get than epsom salts for roses advice from Martha Stewart? I've treated mine with ES for years. But only a couple of times per season.
http://www.marthastewart.com/267752/epso
m-salts-for-roses
April 1 at 10:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gee Storm it was my 'please' that was said nicely not an implication of yours not being so [chuckle]; thanks for the link. Not a MS fan but maybe I should reconsider.
April 6 at 02:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  An interesting source for unusual African Violets - ck out their on-line store & selection of Russian/Ukranian AVs.
http://www.lyndonlyon.com/index.htm
February 26 at 14:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  It seems Spring has arrived, or at least has inserted a foot in the Winter door. My jonquils are blooming, the Redbuds down in the pasture are lovely. Out at the ranch (far west Texas ), the Mountain Laurels are gorgeous. With Mountain Laurel, it grows wild at the head of the draws where there is moisture and a person can smell them before seeing them. The blooms' fragrance is like grape bubble gum.
February 15 at 07:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Looking for help here - I buy my garlic already peeled & boxed. I have several cloves with strong root systems showing & it's killing me to cut them off before using. Supposedly these get planted in the Fall, we're entering Spring - any suggestions?
February 6 at 09:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I would just go ahead and plant it. What the heck?? My garlic, planted in Oct. is just now above ground.
February 8 at 07:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Bought some onion sets today. Will plant them at the appropriate time. If I wait too long they will dry out in WalMart because no one cares how live plants etc are treated. Maddening.
January 29 at 16:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Onion sets planted. Beet seed planted. Now just need to start some cole crop seed inside.
February 21 at 19:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They are starting to break ground....
March 3 at 16:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have browsed this website and found many offerings not available from other seed companies; besides veggies & flowers the have spices & teas, plants & supplies and seem reasonably priced. http://www.superseeds.com/
January 25 at 11:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I just requested a catalog. My friend threatened me about getting one so she doesn't have to loan me hers. She wants to order some seeds and we can order together to save shipping.
January 29 at 17:01 EST .

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