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   MeiDei  A great alternative to stump removal.
January 17 at 19:00 EST .

   MeiDei  FYI - Lueb Popoff home page to see more of his work & bio.
love his work!
January 19 at 12:07 EST .

   StarFire  His work is beautiful.

Hurricane Ike destroyed a lot of beautiful trees in Galveston, TX back in 2008. Artists there have turned them into an open air gallery.
February 6 at 01:43 EST .

   MeiDei  I couldn't upload your link, did a search "Galveston+ Hurricane Ike tree art" and found this - wonderful way of celebrating "coming back" - thanks for mentioning it.
February 6 at 21:45 EST .

   BirdsNest  Garden porn has been arriving daily. I am not sure if I will be participating in planting this year. Things are in a turmoil. I haven't even looked at any of the seed catalogs.
January 15 at 05:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  Since I will not have all the worry about money, I am going to try again. I'm into food porn, and garden porn makes the food porn real!
January 16 at 18:40 EST .

   MeiDei  I just tried the end cuts of Napa cabbage & a red onion in shallow water [changed daily]. In 2 days the Napa has sprouted fresh green leaves from it's center & a nearly ready to plant root system & the onion is sending up spires with evidence of small roots. I have a red & a regular cabbage to try once I plant the 2 experiments. If his works for me it will be a first.
December 14 at 18:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  Potted the onion, looks like it will divide in two. Added the end cut of romaine lettuce to the shallow water & appears to have two center cores & new growth after one day - I'm impressed. Doesn't take much to amuse me.
December 18 at 11:45 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  SMILE!!!
December 18 at 20:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yup, smiling! Here's the link that [1/2 way down, I think] has a chart for these end cuts. I guess you can even grow sweet potatoes indoors.
December 19 at 19:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bok Choy failed, reg. cabbage has many sprouts & lots of roots. Celery doing nicely; romaine lettuce developed black spots. Onion thriving. Has anyone tried this with success?
January 2 at 18:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Celery is about 7" high w/5 stalks, cabbage loaded w/leaves, red cabbage very slow to root but has 4 buds showing, using the onion tops in place of scallions. Next "experiment" is garlic, ind. cloves in refrigerator have roots - planting them later today. These are in downstairs kitchen (cool 65°/humidity 55% ) no grow light but I buy the daylight fluorescent bulbs for the overhead light & that seems to be a plus since they seem to be thriving.
January 16 at 11:23 EST .

   Carmen  Check out if you like to play in the mud. I made a bunch of wild flower seed balls for a large meadow that needs color. Seems like a much better idea than just broadcasting seeds (which seldom works ).
December 8 at 15:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  For BirdsNest: 18 years ago when my daddy died: I was at work, I got called out, he'd had a stroke. When we got to the hospital, mom said she was sure he was dead before the EMTs got there. A short time later the ER doc in charge of daddy took me outside to a secret area to smoke. I said "I think my daddy is dying today". He shook his head yes, and then hugged me.

After a while, we were in daddy's room, he was on a ventilator. I left, went out to the car and screamed as loud as I could, and cried, and screamed some more. I'm sure people stared. But, after a little bit I was sane, and went back to daddy's room.

When the doctor asked what we wanted and we all said turn life-support off, the doctor said he had never seen everyone support that, we told them daddy had talked of it often. It was what he wanted. No matter what I thought, no matter how much I screamed, it was what daddy wanted.

We all have to scream and cry sometimes.

I'm so glad Hagar has gotten beyond that (he's much younger than my daddy was ).
October 29 at 01:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Some days I just scream silently. He is much better in certain ways, but we still have cancer looming over us. Prayers are keeping it at bay, that is my belief. When I could not get to see him on his birthday, he knew I was upset. He simply said "I will have other birthdays, don't worry".
October 31 at 20:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Joaquin is moving on up. I hope we get enough rain to turn our lawn from brown to green!
October 2 at 17:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am just not meant to have a Fall garden. The seeds I planted have come up but some insect is eating the leaves off everything overnight. I used some organic dust but who knows, they probably love the taste of that too. I allowed the okra 2 extra days to grow, and there were many pods that were just too tough to save. I didn't do it on purpose, I have been busy with other things and going to see Hagar in the hospital. He wants me to come more than 2 days a week, right now I am so tired I could scream.
September 11 at 20:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  If it won't scare the neighbors or the wildlife - let out a good one then sleep soundly : )
Too many disappointments for you and I'm sorry for that. Will continue to keep you both in prayer.
September 11 at 22:53 EST .

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   Surfhut  It hurts that you are so disappointed and tired and worried about Hagar. As John Lennon and my late big sister always said, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Have yourself a good scream, spend time with Hagar, and roll with it! You are in our prayers.
September 14 at 19:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, when my mom was in either a hospital or rehab for 3 months it was exhausting. My next-youngest sister came for a week, and finally realized what we were going thru. At that time, my older sister and I both had full-time jobs (I had a great boss, she didn't ). We had dogs and cats at home to feed and care for.
We tried to go every day, and still had to fight for decent care, and had a hard time getting information. Thankfully, we were only 20 miles from Rehab, and about the same from the hospital.
We told the hospital not to send her to rehab, they did, a couple of days later we got a call at midnight, she'd been sent back to the hospital because she had gone south. That happened three times (one of them while the next younger sister was here ).
I don't know how different a husband is from a mother when caring for them. I just know it is an impossible situation, and we were a lot closer (we could take all backroads to either location ).
Prayers for you, your health, and Hagar's continued recovery.
October 2 at 17:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar looks great. We were there Thursday and if you did not know it, you would swear he is his old self. Thinner, yes. He had some tests done Wed and Thurs. Nothing alarming. Spots on liver are diminishing. He has been plagued with indigestion on and off for the past week. It might just be worry. Last week I came down with a bad sinus infection and this week we have the storm to contend with. Could just be the stress of worrying about me. I am trying to feel better, but it's slow going.
October 4 at 12:19 EST .

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   Carmen  We moved from Northern IL to Tennessee in January. I left my wonderful garden behind and couldn't dig up and bring anything along since the ground was frozen. We have 13 acres (mostly wooded ) here and the most horrible soil I have experienced. It is hard rock clay in some areas and white sand in others. I want to get someone to till over a garden plot for me and need ideas of what to do as far as amendments go so I will have a growing place in the spring.

This is so very frustrating --- we didn't realize how lucky we were with our beautiful black crumbly soil in IL.
August 30 at 13:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  First best thing to do is contact your county extension service. You will want to take a soil test. Let them guide you as to what to do. They are experienced with the soil in the area and can help immensely.They will probably save you a lot of wasted energy at guesswork. I was talking with Hagar on the phone and I read him your post, this is what he told me to write.
August 30 at 20:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Oh, and another thing.
November 20,2015 there will be 10 hrs and 1 minute of daylight. Plant life stops growing at 10 hours.
August 30 at 20:36 EST .

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   Carmen  Thanks so much for the quick response. We just got two 4'X 8' and four 4'X 4' rustic cedar raised planters from a lady who is moving and gave them away. They are rough sawn cedar and just perfect for our log home! So, for now I will be filling and planting the raised beds. I have plenty of chicken poo and have a large amount of compost cooking just since January so should be able to amend some top soil that we will fill the beds with.

With the longer growing season it will be fun to have some fall greens.

We also have contracted for a local man to plow a 40 X 40 planting bed that I will amend over the winter. As far as a soil test, I have done that in the past and didn't find it real helpful. I know I have acidic soil because blueberries grow wild in the woods and my hydrangeas are bright blue!
September 1 at 17:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  Carmen, when my sister moved from NJ to OK she was unable to take plants from daddy's funeral, and plants my Grandmother had cultivated for years. It broke everyone's heart. They've been in OK a ton of years,

Now, my dad grew up gardening in GA red clay, then the beautiful IL soil. He was able to modify the soil in both NM and VA to have good gardens. His daughters, killed everything he'd done in VA, not knowing what we were doing. I couldn't tell you acidic from alkaline, but, it sounds like you do. Good luck. It was so great to have daddy's gardens when we moved. And, daddy enjoyed the gardens and the birds.
The longer growing season will mean more enjoyment!
October 2 at 17:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Here is a picture of the area of our place.
   August 23 at 17:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The white building to the left is not our property. From the trees on the left to just beyond the trees on the right. The house is nestled in the trees at the top center.
August 23 at 17:41 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Goodness Bird! By the looks of that garden's size, it's a forty hour work week, and then some!

Please, tell us how Mr. Hagar is coming along. Still praying for you both.
August 23 at 18:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden is a fair piece of work. I try not to think about it, just do it. Hagar has good days and bad days. He is in great spirits, always has been. The doctor has decided that he cannot lump this patient with all the rest. Hagar told him he wasn't going to give up and he meant it. The nurses have decided he is a good patient and they have learned to enjoy his humor. He misses me. That's the hardest part. When he has a bad day or an episode that sets him back a bit, he really wants me to be there. He has been hospitalized for 89 days.
August 23 at 20:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We have a friend that has an ultralight plane, he loves to fly and loves to photograph the area while he is flying. The end of July I was out in the garden picking cucumbers and heard an ultralight. I didn't think much of it because there is a landing strip close by with an ultralight-he takes people up for hang gliding. When the plane kept coming overhead I stopped and looked. It was our friend. A couple of days later he e-mailed me the photos. That week when he took me to visit Hagar he brought glossy photos of our garden area from above. He had already brought photos of the area prior to planting and he posted them on Hagar's bulletin board. Hagar was so interested in the newest photos-those of a garden he has not seen. They were placed on the board along with the others. For several weeks now he has talked about the garden with the staff, everyone wants to look at them and ask questions. Now they want new ones. Right now the garden is in transition between weeds needing to be plucked and removed to tilling ground for maybe something else. So from my perspective it is not a pretty sight. But I thank our friend for knowing those photos would interest Hagar. He is pretty clever that way.
August 21 at 06:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Dang thoughtful too! Grab & hold on to anything that will lift Hagar's spirits and keep him engaged - past, present & future.
August 21 at 09:02 EST .

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