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   MeiDei  Got rocks in your garden? Meet Michael Grab - an artist born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and presently based in Boulder, Colorado, USA who creates rock balancing art professionally since 2008. Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/vswc7xB0V6c
Yesterday at 16:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  How I wish we did have rocks, I would put them to good use!
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   BirdsNest  When we start looking for certain veg seeds, once we get started it takes about 2 hours before we have had enough and decide on where to buy the seed. This year we have been specifically searching for items like hull less pumpkins, mini cukes, citron, watermelon with thick rind, Jerusalem artichokes, Carolina Allspice shrub, among other things.

Anyone going to order from Park Seed or Burpee??? I already ordered from Burpee, but they have a seed I am searching for but I don't want to pay the high shipping cost for just one pack of seed. If I needed 10 or more I would order easily. Same with Park. Tumbling Tom is what I am looking for(Red ). It is a gorgeous cherry tomato that is easily grown in hanging pots or containers. Hanging pots are best because they are indeterminate plants. Our friend R pots them in hanging baskets and sells the heck out of them. The vines are always covered in cherry tomatoes, and I do mean covered!! Red tomatoes sell better here than yellow.

If someone is going to order from either of those places I would appreciate it if they would add this one pack of seed and I will pay for the pack plus shipping to my post office box. One pack easily ships in an envelope with regular postage, the seed companies charge much more than that for one. Thanks.
January 26 at 08:08 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Thanks for your comments Birdie. I never thought of cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket! A problem with knees keeps me from gardening but this might just work for us.
Yesterday at 12:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I know how prolific the Tumbling Tom variety is. Our friend R sells baskets of them whenever he has them and they are usually filled with tomatoes in all stages of ripeness. There are also several varieties of container tomatoes, determinate, that can be raised. We got one from him called Red Robin, it was an absolute rock star for production. We picked up several different seeds to try this year for container gardening, some plants we will sell locally others we will try growing ourselves. Hagar is worried where we will find places to plant all of the vegs we are considering this year. Just give me the soil and a container and I will make a place for it!!
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   BirdsNest  Up til 2am searching various sites for seeds. Found a couple of interesting seed varieties.....I am gonna need a bigger garden. Maybe I will have to "take back" the 2 acres we let a farmer have for growing crops. I know that's insane especially since I cannot use the tiller and we don't have a tractor. If we DID have a tractor, Hagar would live on it and every piece of dirt would be tilled.
January 22 at 08:29 EST .

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   Linder  I can't imagine the hours of hard work you two put into your garden. Did you come from gardening families?
January 22 at 13:40 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Bird, can you container garden them until you decide if they are right for you?
January 22 at 20:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My Italian grandmother was blessed with a green thumb. The entire time she lived with us she was busy planting, tending and sharing plants with anyone who wanted them. Her son, my father came to love gardening late in life and he was amazing with crops like tomatoes and peppers. He wore a green Speedo while he gardened, much to the embarrassment of all of his children. On my mothers side,both grandparents were avid gardeners. Their garden fed a lot of people, Grandmother did a lot of canning and freezing. My siblings and I were tasked with gathering any wild berries or crees greens to take to Grandmother for preserving. She loved us dearly because we embraced the gathering part of the job. We lived 30 miles away, but once we had gobs of berries or cress greens, we would pack them in the car and off we would go to Grandmothers house.
So yes, I DO come from gardening families.
Hagar comes from Farming families and Watermen. He also comes from hearty stock, not afraid of a bit of work.

There will be a lot of new things growing here this year, God willing. I am sure I will bore you all to tears with it. You have been warned!
January 23 at 08:16 EST .

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   Surfhut  Bird, you are never boring! My dear Italian grandmother taught me how to grow and preserve food. The time I spent with her, and the knowledge she gave me, are two of my life's greatest treasures. Bring it, Bird!
January 24 at 10:15 EST .

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   Gerty  Wow! Our Italian grandmothers did a good job!!
January 27 at 19:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You are right about that, Gerty.
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   BirdsNest  Check this out...

http://awaytogarden.com/when-to-start-seeds-calculator/
January 22 at 08:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Length of day was 10 hours 0 minutes of daylight. Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 36 seconds longer.....time to do the happy dance. Plants will begin to come out of their sleep once the day reaches 10 hrs. Spring planting is just around the corner.
January 21 at 18:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh boy, I should go out and do my fall tilling then : )
January 21 at 19:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, you are so funny!!
January 21 at 19:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  I have worked so hard for the last year, I have little time to do what I want. I'm hoping it will slow down. My boss keeps promising to hire help, but he hasn't so far. I just want time to do things other than work.
January 22 at 20:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Today is the start of the days getting longer, today was 1 second longer than yesterday. Hooray!!
December 22 at 18:48 EST .

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   Balogreene  I noticed it! I hate getting up in the dark, and driving home in the dark!

It's really funny, but when we first moved to NM, it seemed because it was so much warmer than IL, it must be light longer!
December 23 at 20:16 EST .

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   Surfhut  Remember last winter when we all talked about how it would never end? We'll probably do the same this year! And we will have so much fun when Spring finally arrives.
December 26 at 08:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am waiting for Spring, already I am tired of Winter. I saw 2 snowflakes yesterday. As far as I am concerned, that's 2 too many. I used to love snow.
January 7 at 08:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have not mentioned that the "Garden Porn" has started to trickle in. Got a Johnny's Seed catalog and a new one for us, Vermont Bean Seed Company. I have flipped through both. We found a new place to order from this year, not everything but we want to try their tomatoes and eggplant. I don't know about you but I can spend hours looking at seed catalogs online. Our garden would be already planted if the weather wasn't so miserable. Can't wait til April. Actually Feb is when we start most of our plants indoors. Our house isn't big enough for everything we want to start early. We sold so many plants last season at "the tracks" and our friend R may not do so much this year(he is a horticulturalist ). His money is tight and he won't have the funds for heating his greenhouse this winter so he will lose a lot of plants he has had for years.
December 9 at 07:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Update on R....he has enclosed in plastic a porch that he will move the best of his tropicals into and heat that smaller area for the winter. He still will need about $500 more a month than he gets in SS, so that is just a stopgap measure. I wish him luck, everyone is pretty much in the same leaky boat.
December 11 at 07:52 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I'm sure he doesn't want to part with favorites, but can he sell some others for income ?
December 11 at 12:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Around here tropicals are not all that popular. He does well with outside stuff and some houseplants. These plants are his "mother" plants that he has had for years, even back when he was in his family's florist shop in Jersey. He gave us a big Rosemary plant-ours bit the dust in last winters fury.
December 11 at 15:14 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A customer from the flea market yesterday brought us a Jack LaLanne juicer for free. He got a jar of pepper relish in return. He had given us a blender, hoping it would help make the job of preparing fresh horseradish easier. It did not. Our old Oster blender, given to us by our friend M when her grand daughter decided she did not want it because it was old. That thing rocks. But it is a slow process. We peeled and processed enough horseradish to make five 1/2 pint jars plus some for sampling. But it took over 2 hours with both of us working. Still searching for something to do the job faster.
November 30 at 09:37 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I wish we could grow and make our own Horseradish, but you need a good frost, which we don't get in central Fl.
We used to make it on the NY back porch, one time in the kitchen, thought we would have to call the EMT's.
Do you ever mix a little beet juice in your jars? That is fantastic for Easter Ham dinner.
November 30 at 16:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have seen recipes for beets and horseradish but the HR is always just grated. For our horseradish we liquify it so it mixes nicely.
November 30 at 18:40 EST .

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   Balogreene  They aren't "cheap", but older sister got a Ninja set from QVC on sale. I mocked her, we have a mixer, and a blender. It turns out, I use the Ninja all the time. It is great.
December 4 at 23:58 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I'm out of my league here as I've never made it. But if a blender can't quite handle a job, wouldn't putting stuff through a meat grinder, then through the blender work? Then the blender would be starting with something manageable.
December 5 at 15:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  FS-the juicer was to be a test of grinding the root and then adding the juice back in with the pulp and if needed to put that in the blender and liquify the contents. Too busy this week with traipsing to and from the doctors. Still have not tried it. But I will. We also have a meat grinder so if the juicer doesn't work, the meat grinder is next. There is a fine line it seems with the horseradish. You have to wait to add the white vinegar, vinegar stops the "heat" and most of our customers want the heat. A bit of water added to get things mixing in the blender, then wait to add vinegar, then liquify to get the consistency. Just got a call from a customer, we will deliver 2 jars tomorrow. He will be in the same area at a doctor visit, Hagar has an appt to get the PICC line bandage changed, so we will meet up and chat a bit. Lovely people, from NJ moved down here, but wants to sell to move to FL. He hates the cold.
December 7 at 18:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  EC, the frost makes the horseradish sweeter. Lack of rain in the growing season makes it hotter. I can tell the difference in the horseradish we first prepared, it was blow your head off hot, the ones we did Friday are sweetly hot.
December 7 at 18:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Looking at the garden yesterday makes me realize I need to get to work ripping out some dead plants. We have had some rain and rain today should make the ground soft enough to work in. The other day I was digging worms for the chickens and the ground was frozen some 3" down. It was easy enough to work in once I found some warmer spots. The chickens appreciated the protein.
November 26 at 08:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Another great link, every state is listed.

http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?p
ageId=261
November 23 at 15:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It is a source for GM free seeds. We have ordered from several of them in the past.
November 23 at 15:51 EST .

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