11 March 2008

Sunny Days Perfect to Garden

It was a great day to be in the garden - sunny and 70 with just a little breeze. All the seeds that are up got to go outside to sunbathe. The lettuce looks like it went from one-fourth inch to a half inch tall in the past two days.

Today's accomplishments: The Devil's Walking Stick from Pine Ridge Gardens went into its new home, two Cherry Laurel trees are now in the ground, Renee's Breadseed Poppy seeds were planted in the ground, the blackberry pruning was completed, the edible pea pods are just popping up in the seed tray, weeds were pulled.

What's happening in your garden this week?

Photo: King's Crown that overwintered in the garden shed and now is blooming in there.

COMPOSTING REDUCES LANDFILL
Southern Living Magazine is very popular in this part of the world. When we lived in California, Sunset Magazine was the one to have. I still use my Sunset garden book even though it is geared for the west. Their plant descriptions cannot be beat.

In today's post, Sunset online has a piece about vermicomposting, called "Fresh Dirt" and it focuses on how much better it is to feed your kitchen scraps to worms than to send it to a landfill in plastic bags.

TERRAPIN LOVE


Photo: Sharon Owen shared a photo of terrapin love in her yard.


CATERPILLAR MEMORY
Science Daily reports that butterflies and moths actually remember what they learned when they were caterpillars. What a remarkable finding.


An associate professor of Biology at Georgetown University, Martha Weiss, remarked that it is intriguing to consider that a caterpillar can remember what it learned even though it turns to soup in the metamorphosis stage before it re-forms as a butterfly or moth.

Miraculous, actually.


Susie Lawrence sent along this announcement and it may be just what you are looking for.
HERBAL SOLUTIONS CLASS AT Northeastern State University, Tahlequah OK
This class will include a short history of herbs and how to identify common herbal plants. You will learn how to store herbs, prepare herbal teas, hot compresses, fomentations and the advantages of tinctured herbs. There will be an overview and discussion of Goldenseal, Echinacea, Ginger, Wormwood etc. Supplies can be purchased from the instructor for approximately $35.
Date: 6 Tues., Apr. 1 – May 6, Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Business & Technology Bldg., Room 102
Fee: $35, Limit: 20, Instructor: Linda “Pickle” Reynolds

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