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Re: Deleting my facebook account
  • Subject: Re: Deleting my facebook account
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:29:23 -0500

You are dry, we are having floods. Not me, literally, but folks in my area. I will probably not get any snowpeas this year, because a driving 4+ inches of rain hit just as they were sprouting. Hope springs eternal, so I'll wait a bit and see. The mink got our koi again, but DH is determined to restock.... I am busy trying to weed the flower beds in front and prune shrubs. Also planning what to replace the young trees I lost to last summers drought. Of course, what we call "drought" here, would not register with you!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 22, 2013, at 1:05 PM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 412 CS/ SCOSI wrote:

I like FB for the most part - it is interesting to find old friends, and it's great for coordinating all our horsey activities. It's sort of boggling though, you think you know someone - maybe worked or done stuff with them in the past - and you see these really bizarre political rants or beliefs. Some people are awfully gullible. And my biggest gripe, there's no detail to
Which gives me a perfect segue to detail what's going on in my garden. :-) We had practically no rain this winter. Less than 3 inches I'm sure. No grass, no wildflowers, no tumbleweeds even, no nothing. And it hasn't been cold since early March although extremely windy so the dirt blowing around has been awful. I planted my tomatoes outside a week ago - just in time for the last cold snap, must have been below 40 because a bunch of the tomatoes withered up. Oh well, they're not completely gone and will resprout. I use large tomato cages and slip one of those wall o'water things over the cage
like a sleeve, but I find it's too annoying to actually fill them with
water. And this year I had no straw for mulch either since we are without sheep. I lost one tomato completely, I didn't have enough sleeves, figured it would be okay. Nope, some critter ate most of it the first night. Never had anything bother the tomatoes before but since there's no vegetation they
are hovering outside the veggie garden like vampires.  I usually cover
vulnerable seeds with row cover and this year when I took it off, it sure looked like something under there had been gnawing on stuff. Still can't figure that out. So I knew critters were still going to be an issue and wrapped chicken wire around the individual beds too. Rabbits went under it. Then I got mad and you should see the place, there's so much wire around
everything it looks like a concentration camp. Which is working, but
yesterday it was in the 80s already, I'm thinking I'm not going to get any peas or regrow the lettuce before the heat really sets in. Next year I'm
going to have to do something different.
In the front yard there's grass so the depredation has not been as bad. Still, a bunch of blue fescue grasses I planted got chewed, and all the daylilies were gnawed down to nubs too. But those have recovered. The roses
are almost at full bloom - a month early - the lavender and iris are
blooming, it looks pretty nice at the moment.
Irrigation is making me annoyed this year. I used to use that leaky hose in the vegetable garden but it's so expensive now and with our hard water we had to replace it every year. Last year I made mini-sprinkler systems for the tomatoes (time-consuming to make but worked great, I'm doing that from now on) and bought drip-tape for the beans etc. I did not realize how little water that stuff puts out, it needs to run for almost 1.5 hours to get as much water as the leaky hose in 20 minutes. My timers only go to 99 minutes. And I'm not happy with the connectors. I reused some of it this year just for cost savings but next year I have to redesign the whole thing again. DH has been repairing sprinklers every weekend for at least two months now,
cracked PVC, valves, you name it.
Tonight I'm going to take the row cover off the beans and see if they
actually sprouted. I have it secured so well against the critters I haven't been able to look. So I see plants under there...but it might just be weeds.

Hope none of you are still getting snowed on. DH was in Minnesota last
weekend and said it was snowing where he was and there was still 3 feet on the ground. I was outside in the lawn chair with a glass of iced tea. With all the griping about the heat and no rain, it was still better than snow.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Patricia Dickson
Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:59 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Cc: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Deleting my facebook account

I have found Facebook great if you want to find a long lost friend from the past...... And hearing about my nieces babies but I don't post. Too much information floating around for me! Not that I have anything to hide. My sister gets on to me for not posting and my reply was if everyone posted it
would become impossible.

My dad used to say moderation in ALL things.
We have moved to Rockport, Texas from Weatherford, Ok. It is going to be a change in gardening but I look forward to the season! My first impulse buy
was an improved Myer lemon tree. I love all the tropicals!

My son that lives in Golden has also loved all the wonderful snow they keep
getting! This is their last weekend to go ski!
We all sound like we have been blessed with more rain and more hope for a
new growing season!
It is great to hear from gardenchat! I'm so glad that it is still available
to connect with everyone!
Patricia Dickson

On Apr 19, 2013, at 6:37 PM, James Singer <inlandjim1@q.com> wrote:

Don't blame you, Cathy. FB is largely a waste.

"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

On Apr 19, 2013, at 2:03 PM, Catharine Carpenter wrote:

Don't know how many of you are on facebook, but I have deleted my
Didn't use or enjoy using it, and when the spouse sent out something
without checking who was logged in, it was the last straw. Hope
everyone's gardening is in full gear. Planted lettuce, spinach and
snow pea seeds, but germination is slow. My Queen Sophia marigold
seedlings are doing well under grow lights, but my purple hyacinth
vines were attacked by my plant eating feline. Hope they survive. Too wet
even to weed, but at least the drought has broken.
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

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