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Re: Weekend events

We have had a resident fox here since Fall. He/she has been working  
hard to keep the rabbit population down. Think I'll keep him/her.  
Glad I no longer have a cat that goes outside, though!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 17, 2006, at 1:27 PM, Donna wrote:

> best be careful with coyotes! The ones around here
> don't care if your animal is on a leash or not- they
> tend to attack anyways.
> be careful!
> Glad you downsized that veggie garden LOL!... face it,
> we all say we are going to do that, but .....
> Yesterday I hit ebay since I don't have a family to
> celebrate the holiday with. Got some great deals since
> no one was there to bid against me ....
> Donna
> --- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
>> Ah, spring iz sprung, as they say. We had clouds and
>> the ever-present wind
>> this weekend, but it could have been worse, as I'm
>> reading about you folks
>> on the list having floods and tornados and drought.
>> My friend and I went hiking Saturday morning and
>> surprised a couple of
>> coyotes. Two of our dogs were off-leash and one of
>> them was chasing my
>> Trixie - we yelled at the top of our lungs and then
>> it took off. Kind of
>> scary actually, although Trix is a rottweiler she's
>> young, and fairly small
>> for her breed. Then my friend's idiot dog took off
>> after the coyote, he came
>> back safe and sound though. My friend got some good
>> pictures of them
>> watching us after that, I'll try and remember to put
>> them up on Yahoo.
>> My order from High Country Gardens showed up
>> Saturday morning too so I spent
>> a while putting those in the ground. Lots of nice
>> penstemons and a couple
>> more salvia. I ordered zauschneria again but this
>> time I decided to try z.
>> arizonica, not z.californica, we'll see if it makes
>> a difference next
>> winter. I haven't pulled up the z.californica yet
>> since the literature makes
>> me think it might still be alive under the dead
>> foliage...I did see the
>> faintest thread of green in one spot, but no other
>> signs of life. I'm
>> expecting it's dead but you never know. The
>> hummingbirds were pretty unhappy
>> with me, they were trying to get to the salvia
>> greggii. Not much else
>> blooming yet; the daffodils are almost completely
>> gone, my few species
>> tulips are blooming and a couple iris. Oh and the
>> lilacs, and of course some
>> wildflowers. Everything else is in bud.
>> I also planted the tomatoes. I did not take my own
>> advice. Last summer I
>> decided I would only plant 5 tomatoes.
>> However...when I sowed seeds I
>> decided on 15 plants, down from my usual 20. (I
>> swear, I am cutting down on
>> almost everything else. Really.) And in rummaging
>> around the cupboards I
>> realized that while I canned lots of cut tomatoes
>> last year I am out of
>> sauce. So, I rationalize to myself, I need to make
>> sauce so this is good.
>> I'm growing fresh-eating types Black Plum,
>> Persimmon, Porter's Pride, Tiger
>> Stripe, and Ugly; and paste tomatoes Classica,
>> Saucy, Super Roma, and San
>> Marzano. Last year the blossom-end rot was so bad I
>> lost probably 75% of the
>> fruit, I'll be reviewing all the sources again this
>> year to see if I can't
>> figure out why the calcium thing is so out of whack
>> in my garden. I never
>> did do the soil test but there's probably still
>> time.
>> And I reseeded some peppers using the saltpetre
>> trick IslandJim mentioned.
>> It's very late to be starting pepper seed but what
>> the heck, I'd like to
>> know if it works, and since only about 3/4 of mine
>> sprouted I won't have too
>> too many. Unlike most veggies they're pretty
>> forgiving about being left on
>> the plant for a long time, and if I get overwhelmed
>> they can wait.
>> I really am running late on much of the veggie
>> garden, either the weather
>> has been bad or I have commitments elsewhere on a
>> weekend day. This Sunday
>> we were at my sister's so no gardening got done
>> then. And my patio plants
>> really need to come out of the greenhouse, but first
>> I need to clean up the
>> patio and fix the watering. Well...at least with
>> daylight savings I can do
>> some things after work.
>> Cyndi
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