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mom2goldens
Jun 1, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
We came from here: http://cubits.org/Zones/thread/view/685/


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Imagedividedsky
Jun 1, 2010 7:39 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Sounds like a good idea. I get pretty decent Internet service, so I don't always notice the length of the threads. Streaming video can be a different story, though.

Hoping to plant some seeds tomorrow if I can dodge the thunderstorm.
mom2goldens
Jun 1, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
We've got high speed internet, but those long threads get painful when typing sometimes.

Didn't know we were due for more rain tomorrow. It was gorgeous tonight, but I was too tired (woke up at 3am) and sore (bad ankle) to want to go out to do anything. Good news is we haven't had to go out and water!! The garden is looking very happy after the rain on Monday.

Have my first tomato plant with blossoms on it YAY!
Imagedividedsky
Jun 1, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Beautiful weather. Sad to be locked in the office all day, but I can't complain too much with 3 1/2 days off.

Congrats on the tomato blossoms! Now for the agonizing, not-as-long-as-it-seems-like wait until the first tomato blushes red.
Imagedividedsky
Jun 3, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Poked some more seeds in the ground last night and checked everything else out. Pac choy is looking great. Broccoli - meh. We'll see if I can keep it cool enough to produce anything. It's mulched and covered with row cover, so that helps. Iron phosphate knocked the slugs back a bit. Brought a great big one home with my lettuce, though. Ick.

Yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumber have popped right up. Moon & Stars watermelon hasn't made an appearance, so I tucked a couple more seeds in there just in case. Can't wait to see those watermelons! Corn is big enough that I felt safe taking the row covers off. This variety is only 63 days to maturity, so if everything goes right, we'll have corn around the first week of August. Strawberries are already starting to poop out. If they were mine, I would take them out and replace them with the ever-bearing strawberries. Can't get enough of those homegrown organic berries!

Everybody else hanging in there, gettin' it done?

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ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Hi: Just found you guys again because I was 'watching' the last thread and nothing was happening there. Glad to hear your veggies are good, it's nice to have this lovely rain we've had up here. Today is sunny so, I will cut grass; my little veggie area bed is all ready and awaiting plants but as you know, I buy them and hopefully will get the chance to pick some up and get them in yet today. Right now (but not forever) the only thing I grow from seed (aside from poppies, yarrow, and various other wild flowers) is lettuce and that is looking great, I'm waiting a couple of more days before I start any harvest. The basil and cilantro I bought earlier are in pots and are also looking good. My blueberries are not and have never been happy. The rhubarb has a huge seed 'branch' which i am putting a big garbage bag around to collect the seeds...want any? I'm not sure what to do with them anyway, I have no more space and can only use 'so much' rhubarb as it is). Wild raspberries are prolific and should be ripening soon. The asparagas root i put in a few weeks ago show nothing yet but i'm not sure if it is supposed to yet. There should be plenty of grapes this year, they are so cute when they are little. I am envious of your hearty investment in veggies but I just get overwhelmed by what has to be prioritized here now. In between rain, I've been raking and hauling leaves that embed themselves between bushes and pruning like crazy, particularly since I am having a driveway put in this coming week and there is so much clean-up around that plan that has to get done first.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Imagedividedsky
Jun 3, 2010 11:02 AM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
Raspberries! That reminds me that I was going to learn to make wine and use them for that this year. Too many projects!
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
I know how you feel. I could make wine from all the raspberries here AND the grapes. Both grow wild. While I have them somewhat harnessed and have learned to prune them correctly (grapes get pruned in February believe it or not) I pick them by little handfulls when I am out there working but otherwise they go to the birds and deer (keeps the deer out of my other things anyway). Wild berries are small anyway but the birds love 'em...problem is, they gift me with plants where I don't want them every year! nice 'lil birdees.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
The cucumbers and zucchini have all sprouted; the beans are just starting to poke up. No sign of the honeydew yet, or carrots (which take forever). I have blossoms on several tomatoes now, as well as at least one of my eggplant. Things are loving this weather.

Sounds as if you ladies have been busy. Jamie, you are ambitious to grow grapes--just learning about the pruning in our MG class made me tired!! I'm envious of the raspberries....one of my favorites, but no room to grow them here.

Still have to finish potting up some containers, and there is mega-weeding to do. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend.
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 4:16 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
HA HA! Linda...I am SOOoooo lazy. The grapes and raspberries grow WILD here. I just had to learn when and how to prune them. Raspberries need pruning in fall which is a a pain because I have SO much else to take care of in this woods. If I don't get all the leaves done before the snow flies they will be there wet and soggy and holding up all growth in spring, believe me. I must admit though, there is something vey nice about pruning the grapes in February. It reminds me that spring will come.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 5:04 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
Does Inky eat the grapes and raspberries? I know grapes aren't good for dogs, but ours used to like the 1-2 we'd occasionally lose on the floor. Actually, our dogs liked all fruits and veggies except lettuce. And Greta used to like her veggies steamed, not raw.
Imagedividedsky
Jun 3, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Heidi
Indianapolis, IN
Zone 5b
That's cute that she was particular about how her veggies were cooked. Smiling

I'll have to remember to check on the berries and bring you some when they're ripe. I honestly don't know if they're blackberries or raspberries or what. They're tucked away under some evergreens by the small corn and bean field that he rents out to a farmer, and I don't know if anyone ever picks them. Mostly just the birds, I think.
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
One of my favorite raspberry memories; my last job, I worked for a large grocery chain as a pharmacy coordinator. One of my duties was to make sure that when we opened new stores, the pharmacy department was staffed and properly equipped and merchandised. One of the items we always had to order was a blood pressure machine and weight-scale. The guy that worked for the BP machine/scale company got to be an acquaintence of mine over the years. I was opening a store in No. Indiana, and he showed up to deliver our equipment and brought me 2 quarts of freshly-picked raspberries from his yard! I was forever grateful to him! Made up for being away from home over the 4th of July holiday.

Yep, Greta was a dog with an extraordinary sense of taste/texture. She would spit out raw veggies back into her bowl, but would scarf up steamed veggies. She could pick out meat or veggies out of any amount of kibble and was a very delicate eater.. Whisper, on the other hand, inhaled everything so had no clue what anything tasted like!
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
All grape products are toxic to dawgs so I have never encouraged that and while he does induge in a weed now and then, Inky pretty much prefers meat. He used to not like any vegetables or fruit but even though I make him roasts, hams, and turkey, I am (aside from fish) pretty much a vegetarian. Because of that he has developed some of my habits but let me tell 'ya, this dawg is EXPENSIVE to feed. He can't eat regular dawgfood because he is allergic to everything chicken and most dawgfood has chicken byproduct even if it's primary 'flavor' is labeled otherwise, AND since I am opposed to lamb and veal (becuz' they are babies killed), I have to cook meat for him. Now, while he will eat vegetables and fruit with me somewhat, his absolute favorite is avocado....sheesh! this guy's not cheap! Other INX favs are tomatoes ('specially yellow ones) and any kind of peppers. I grow both in my garden; silly, but mainly for him. He likes the cherry tomatoes and likes to play, 'throw them to me'...and chomps those, but he truly relishes yellow tomatoes. He has learned to take the yellow plums off the vine without hurting the plant at all....we go out in the morning to see what has ripened and he goes by the ripe one(s) and glances over to see if I okay a 'pick' and if I say 'yes' he takes it and lays down in the grass 'til it's gone.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
Ha! That's too funny how he picks ripe tomatoes! What a smart boy.....

I used to cook for my dogs, too. We always supplemented a high-quality kibble with meat/broth/veggies as part of their regular diet. I'm convinced that's one of the reasons our dogs lived to the ages they did. Our vet (who we love) was not particularly knowledgeable about nutrition/supplements, but we've been educating him. We did have one dog with food allergies (allergic to beef, wheat, corn) so we struggled with finding treats, etc. we could give him. A previous dog had allergies to articial colors. I learned quickly to make my own biscuits/treats. However, if I never smell another liver treat or "biscuits" made out of hypoallergenic dog food, it would be too soon! Ya do what you gotta do, right?
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Ha! I was writing this and got a call so I finished and sent before I saw your posts. Yes, Linda, I think Inky would be with Greta on the list of elitism. If I mix vegetables into a stew, he will pick out the carrots everytime. He doesn't leave them in the bowl though, he lines them up on the placemat next to the bowl. He doesn't like corn much (frozen or canned) but if I give him a freshly steamed ear, he will carry it out to the porch and work it right down to the cob...which can't be easy if yer teeth are in a long "U". Did Greta like corn?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Boy...we keep cross posting...
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
Yep, Greta could nibble every kernel off of a cob! She was one of those dogs that had the most sensitive mouth...we could give her things we would never dream of giving Whisper. Greta one time brought us an entire litter of baby bunnies, one at a time, totally undamaged when she found their nest. She also used to bring us baby birds that had fallen out of their nests, never with even a toothmark on them. She was the ultimate "mom" and have the softest retriever mouth.
ImageJaeRae
Jun 3, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Oh Gawd....I can't believe you said that. Many times I have told the story of how while I was talking to a neighbor Inky sat patiently by but while I was aware of him, I didn't respond until he gently bumped my leg two times. Finally when I looked down he put a perfectly in tact baby bunny in my hand. I started asking my neighbor what to do???...how to care for a bunny...and before we were done, he brought me another. I then had two bunnies and perplexed, I asked him where he found them. He took me to the nest. I put the two back in and tucked them between their siblings and told him not to disturb the bunnies and he didn't but every morning first thing, we had to go check the nest. As far as I can tell, there were nine, and most of them made it and now return with their lineage to eat everything in my yard. Inky will chase almost anything but he has a special place in his heart for bunnies so he is no help there!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
mom2goldens
Jun 3, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
HA! Good for Inky! Ours ended up being relocated outside of our yard, although I'm sure their descendents still come to feast. I'm so amazed when dogs can be so aware of their surroundings. Greta was also one of the few dogs I knew that actually knew to look "UP". She used to bark furiously at the hot air balloons that took off from a field a few miles from our home and flew over "her" airspace. She also truly disliked the new chimney cap we had to have installed on our chimney. She was distrustful of it for the longest time...how she ever knew to look up there, we'll never know. Everytime she went out in the yard, she'd kind of slink around looking up at it.....it was the oddest thing.

Sounds like she and Inky might have been kindred spirits.

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