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Joined: 2009-08-07

Spring that is!

Birds are chirping, sun is shining and yesterday it got up in the high 60's. Today just as nice. Moving raised beds to an area that gets more sun and getting ready to plant onions and potatoes. Believe it or not my fall broccoli is still producing along with a few of my red lettuce plants. Want to be ready to plant by next weekend.

Yep, I've got spring fever!

Joined: 2009-08-07
The only Fever we don't want cured.

There's a saying that Feb always has one fine week.

Well I think we had ours (NW NJ) last week and it was only a 5-day week.

What a relief though, even the birds were singing more, and with the moon at it's close approach, it was just beautiful.

One of my indoor plants, a prayer plant, sprouted new leaves and sported 2 delicate white with violet center flowers ... cool.

Joined: 2009-08-07
I best actually get to work on,

getting the greenhouse ready instead of just talking about it or soon it will be too late!

Joined: 2009-08-17
welll the only real sign that

welll the only real sign that spring is coming is that my wild daffodils are poking thru the ground...


Joined: 2010-08-11
Spring ...

can't be far off , Maples are budding , daylilies are poking up 'bout 6 inches and the horses are starting to shed their winter coats....even had a thunderstorm yesterday !!!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Warm today,

Snows melting good, the sun is shinning, and I'm dreaming of the soon coming of spring now more than ever!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Got some rock-picking done,

nice day for it.

I've been noticing lots of clumps of moss have begun growing around the place, boy has vegetation changed since I moved in!,,,Lots more moisture indicating plants are growing and thriving!

Joined: 2011-03-06
We definitely have an early

We definitely have an early spring and I already feel like I am behind! I planted my bean bush and pea seeds 2 weeks ago. They are coming up great! Have my herbs planted - btw...the strawberry topsey turbey is great for herbs! and we planted one tomato plant. Still have so much to do to get the soil ready to plant the seedlings and I want to buy some 'plants' but the nursery's around here don't have what I want yet...ugh

Joined: 2009-08-07
I'm back to cold and snow,

but should be having the ground thawed enough to dig in my root cellar site frequently by the end of the month.

It is getting to turn off to spring though very slowly!

Friday, I bought a packet of Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, I have been wanting to try them for a long time!

I also got some fish to go in a used aquarium I had laying around, I had originally gotten it to make a plant propagation box out of but never did, and finally decided to put it to use as entertainment, I just got done watching my fish swim around for an hour or more, I figure the used water should be good for my plants.

I re-potted a few plants this evening too, I have lots more that I probably should do the same with, but I have so many if I re-pot them all I wont have room to turn around in the house! As it was I had to all but juggle the ones I did to have space for them!

Where are all my house finches?,,,,They should be here now telling me it is the end of really bad winter weather!

Joined: 2009-08-07
There's several weather proverbs ...

... about these months borrowing from each other and since we had a nice break in Feb, I think we're paying it back now.

We had all day rain yesterday ... it was nice! And weird to hear after months and months of snow.

Good for you on your indoor projects, fish tanks are nice. And it sounds like it's time for you to do some hanging plants over the standing plants to make room!


Hope the house finches are along soon.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Should turn off to rainy here soon too.

I do have some hanging plants already, not sure where it is practical to do many more, but would definitely love more!

One variety of bird after another has both multiplied and increased in size from the extra feed, then moved on to find new homes far from being so crowded, I'm thinking that it may be the house finches turn to have moved on, just have to wait and see!

Joined: 2009-08-07
The Bradford Pears are in

The Bradford Pears are in full bloom as well as the Tulip Magnolia's and Redbuds. Also seeing a few wild daffodils up along the roadside. Got the potatoes in and some onions...will need to finish up this weekend. Oh, my broccoli is bolting and the bees are all over the flowers. So I'm just going to let them go...share the love with bees you know. Nothing else really exciting around here..rain on the way!

Oh, here's a funny little tidbit. I went to get my potatoes and onions from an old feed store up the road. I had to stand in line, because it was really busy. I stood there killing time by watching the couple who run it. They still business the old fashioned way. They write all their sales out using one of those little sales books with the carbon on the back of the paper(I always thought those pads were so cool). They also keep a running tab of all their sales on a yellow legal pad and they use one of those laminated tax sales rate sheets. So, finally it's my turn, when all of the sudden it hit me. No cash register in sight, no debit machine....so I ask real sheepishly "Do you take debit cards?"....."No, only cash or check." Well, no I didn't get to buy anything that morning because I rarely carry cash and never use a checkbook any more. But it wasn't a total washout. I was treated to seeing old farmers and young horse people greeting each other. No foot tapping, foul language, impatient or rude folks. Just nice people being nice. Restored my faith in humankind.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Faith in Humankind

Thank you for this story 'Lane, I feel a little restored too.

AND KEEP 'EM COMIN' in light of these stories:


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Declined! Your debit card may soon be denied for purchases greater than $100 -- or even as little as $50.

JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation's largest banks, is considering capping debit card transactions at either $50 or $100, according to a source with knowledge of the proposal.

Why? Because of a tricky thing called interchange fees.

It depends on policies at your bank, but READ ON:


I can't seem to let go of carrying some cash .. what if a solar flare knocks out the wireless system and "they" are not prepared for it? Well, we couldn't go anywhere, we'd have to pump gas the old fashioned way too *grin*.

P.S. -- just came across this, sun's been BUSY:


..."The sun unleashed another major solar flare Wednesday (03/09), a solar storm so powerful it could spawn dazzling northern lights displays that could be visible from even New York City.

The solar flare erupted at 6:23 p.m. EST (2323 GMT), letting loose a wave of charged particles that is aimed straight at Earth and should arrive in the next few days."...

Now where'd I put my walkin' shoes?

Your list on all the blooming things are sparking up my green thumb. Sounds nice!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Some of the places not up to times are the best

places to do business.

I got running and drove for the first time a car I bought 9 years ago, just around the block to park it in front of my garage in town.

Still need to get tires and tags on it, but I already have the tires, and the car will get better mileage than my other vehicles I have and we are short on vehicles at my house.

It's one of the most powerful muscle cars to roll off the assembly line, a 1970 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 375 horse power and 525 foot pounds of torque, but it's very high geared, so just have to remember to take it easy on the throttle to get decent mileage.

It's Salmon Pink (kind of a purplish almost red).

Not as much room as my Suburban or truck for getting trees and bushes from the nursery, but quite a bit none the less, I no I got quite a few in the chevy Caviler I had!

I think I'll enjoy driving it for a while, then sell it and maybe buy some special stuff for the garden or something!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Pedal to Metal Larry!!


What a car ... very nice. Have fun!

Joined: 2009-08-07

I'll be careful not to mash it down to much though, the point of getting it going is to save gas, but the power will be fun too!

Joined: 2009-08-17
I have ordered and received

I have ordered and received some new springy bird feeders!
I am ordering my spring/summer flowers, plants tonight! WHOOHOOOO!!!!
I have SO MANY new SUNFLOWER SEEDS! I want Sun Flowers all over my garden this year for the birds!


Joined: 2009-08-07
Deb's Havin' Fun!!

Sounds nice!

I was happy to get a new bird feeder that has a spring-loaded wire cage over the tube so that heavy critters like squirrels putting weight on the footholds pulls a leaf-shaped block down over the seed hole! Works so far.

It's nice to dress up everything for Spring!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Speaking of bird feeders,

I got some sunflower seed today to put in some of mine, as I saw 3 House finches yesterday, I already had mixed seed out for them so the others should come around soon!

Joined: 2009-08-17
Speaking of feeders and

Speaking of feeders and critters.....I was looking outside there were 2 squirrels scrambling up a shepherds hook and one was hanging upside down from the top front pasw digging into the feeder! I took pictures!

Joined: 2009-08-07
I've been seeing more house finches,

but none actually at the feeders, I wonder if it is the new dog (almost always out in the yard), or if they are getting enough food elsewhere?

I did go ahead and fill the empty feeders with the sunflower seed so they would have that as an option to the millet and such anyway.

I would die for having squirrels, even ones getting the bird feeders!,,,just as well I don't though, the cats and dogs would probably get them, and that would be the end of that! ;)

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