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RE: Busy weekend

Kitty is neutered, fortunately. I suspect the owner of the house had it
done, he did at least try to get all the strays fixed and get them vet care
when he could catch them. But kitty can't live outside at my house, we have
coyotes around too, and while I can pretty much guarantee my dogs good
behavior inside I can't do it outside. He was obviously someone's pet at one
time; my sister says she knows he has been strictly outdoors for years, but
he sure acts like he's used to better things. If he sprays or has other
problems I will figure out something...at the very worst I can build a kitty
condo outside where he'll be protected. 
Hopefully one of my sister's friends needs another cat. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of kmrsy@netzero.net
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 12:36 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Busy weekend

By 'proper cuts' I just meant simple things like angled and the right
distance from the node. Shaping cuts are another matter, and you're
right, difficult to decide. But if you cut some and remove crossers and
in-growers, even if you don't do a perfect shaping job, I'm sure it will
be fine.

Your new-found kitty sounds a bit like my Woody. He had a very large
head, half of it was scar tissue. He'd had a rough time of it after his
owner died and her son turned him out. The last time I saw him he stayed
with me most of the summer of 2004 and was mature and relaxed, but still
getting into fights. Why in the world people don't get these animals
neutered, I just don't understand. If your kitty is neutered, you may be
able to just keep him as a mostly outdoors cat and he may prefer it.


-- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
Yah, it's the "proper types of cuts" that makes me stand there indecisively.
I never feel like my trees are so obliging as to look like the
illustrations. But like you say, I ended up figuring that doing nothing was
worse than doing a little. Same with the roses although they get so huge
over the summer I end up just hacking everything down to waist height and
then doing the selective cutting.
I have two plums that I'm considering replacing. They are semi-dwarf Santa
Rosa plums. One was damaged by insects and we had to remove almost half the
tree a while ago to get rid of the dead wood. The other I bought bare-root
last year from Home Depot, but it barely grew. I was so happy with the
advice and the peach tree I got from Bay Laurel Nursery I thought I might
yank the plums and replace them with something better. But I'm bad at
removing plants, I always think they deserve to live. I decided to give them
another year.
I got a dwarf nectarine as a present and need a place to put it, always a
problem when you need to irrigate everthing. And I have to protect the
jujubes to see if the fruit is worthwhile, they are so thorny that if I
don't like the fruit they are coming out. Didn't get even one jujube last
year, I'm pretty sure the dogs ate them. 
Scar tissue, I didn't think about that, could be. Very furry kitty, two
large even round lumps behind each ear, another round lump on one side
beneath the lower jaw. He doesn't object if you press them. My husband
pitched a fit when I brought up bringing kitty home a few weeks back, but
has since grudgingly said I could if I wanted, still he is right it would be
uncomfortable for a while. Kitty has lived outdoors for years apparently but
is extremely friendly and very sedate. I told my sister if she could not
find anyone else I would take him. She can't, her dogs would try to kill him
and he cannot live outside there, coyotes would get him. I already have two
indoor cats so my dogs know they must behave themselves. So we'll see.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 11:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Busy weekend

To my way of thinking, if you basically know what you are doing when
pruning, make proper types of cuts and the like, you won't really do
anything wrong.  It's possible to have done better, but you won't have done
any harm.

As to the cat, I'd bet the odd lumps around the face are scar tissue from


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 10:55 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Busy weekend

> You guys were sure busy on the keyboards over the weekend, I had over 150
> messages waiting this morning. Our weather was gorgeous but I only got out
> in the garden one day. I did get the fruit trees pruned finally, they
> get it last year. I hate pruning - I am so fretful about doing it "wrong"
> that I end up frozen, unable to decide where to cut. But I gritted my
> read my pruning book and then just cut away. Judiciously. I'm sure I
> take off as much as they needed. I have three peaches, two plums, two
> apricots, and two jujubes. And I got about four pieces of fruit total last
> year, the trees just didn't bear well to start with and then the birds and
> my too-tall dog helping themselves to the rest while I wasn't paying
> attention. Next weekend the roses, I missed pruning a lot of them last
> too.
> I am helping my sister get an old house ready for sale, that used up all
> Saturday, much to be done. Too bad it's two hours from where I live or
> husband I might try to buy it and renovate. It's a 1900s Craftsman
> and quite a lot of the interior is still beautifully intact. Oh man...the
> mahogany woodwork. The leaded glass cabinets. The hardwood floors.
> Unfortunately there's also a major amount of work to be done - like all
> electrical not to mention plumbing. Alas my sister does not want the
> and I can't afford it so it goes for sale as is. I took some pelargonium
> cuttings from the backyard (gotta mention gardening somewhere) and it
> increasingly likely that I am going to end up with a cat too, the last
> remnant of 20 or 30 feral cats that were being fed there. He is a very
> friendly fellow but has some odd lumps around his face so if I end up with
> him I think a vet visit is first off. I wouldn't mind some advice from
> of you who often take in strays as to what precautions I should take.
> Cyndi
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