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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2013
11:53 AM

Post #9669966

...your Chinese take-out soup has a bug floating on top, and, not only do you know EXACTLY which bug it is, but you also know which type of Chinese cabbage it likes to hang out on!

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jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9670152

bleah, lol, im guessing that is your most recent experience? ;)

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2013
3:17 PM

Post #9670158

Yeah, and when you said "bleah" you let me know you're not quite there yet, LOL!
jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9670161

lol, the key word here being "yet" ;)
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

September 25, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9670207

When you're sent home from work early as it is the end of the pay period and you've put in too many hours, and you are dead tired. So, you stop at the nursery on the way home, to get a whiff of something pretty and badly need to get outdoors, and probably buy some bulbs as well...

And then you finally get home, throw on your gardening clothes, and get to that weeding/thinning project that has been on your mind for awhile now...

And you end up totally filthy, totally refreshed, and totally happy!

After your shower, you lay on the sofa and open up "Dave's Garden.." yep, THAT'S a REAL gardener! (Voice of experience here.)

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 25, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9670208

Chuckl, big grin.

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9670222

Yep, Gracye, I agree. You are a true gardener when it's not work, it's relaxation!

terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 27, 2013
12:41 PM

Post #9671683

When you are talking to the guy who leases the grazing rights to your pasture and admiring the new baby in their family when the fellow mentions that the big hay rolls in the holding pen are getting really old and would I mind if he burns them. But you ask excitedly if you could please have a couple of the rolls for your compost pile. He looks at you like you are nuts but says well, OK. Hmm really, you want those????? ☺

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 27, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9671687

Ummm. Most folks consider clean hay as non organiically cleaned. By the way...
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 1, 2013
10:15 AM

Post #9675105

I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean by cleaned hay. Please explain.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 1, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9675400

Hay is sold to feed animals- horse quality means properly sprayed for weeds, and bugs that give animals sickness. Cows arent as tummy challenged as horses, and some hay has that nasty sorghum Johnson grass which just NEEDS an excuse to sprout and take over your yard (so will coastal bermuda, by the way) dried hay is very resproutable... See how it was grown; so you arent spreading grass burs and cockleburs and and broadleaf poisons for a garden area.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2013
7:24 AM

Post #9675800

Ahhh, well I'm safe with these two rolls then. They came from my pasture, only spot sprayed for goat weed. These bales are at least two years old--in fact Chuck thinks the bales should be even older than that and they look it. And they will be composted in a big pile with goat poo and bedding and oak leaves. Maybe some cow poo and always looking for whatever else the chickens and goat don't eat. Turned by front end loader on the tractor (DH loves doing that so I try to make as big a compost pile as I can). Last year the pile got plenty hot for good compost.

Thank you for explaining. But we try very hard not to use hay that doesn't come off our property as we think we are removing nutrients from out own soil when we sell out hay off. This way when the cows and goats eat it they return what they don't use to the soil where the hay came from. Chuck thinks we're kind of nutty Yankees, but he goes along with it now as he saw something about that on RFD TV.

About fifteen years ago, I read that you know you are a real gardener when Roger Swain from PBS' The Victory Garden started to really grow on you. (He's extremely knowledgeable and I thought he was a good host, but everyone seemed to really miss Jim Crockett and/or Bob Thompson). And, well, he looked a bit wild compared to the other two!!! ☺

Oh, and I knew I was starting to achieve real gardener stage when I learned that you don't really need to compost goat poo and started to look at my goats as multi-taskers!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 2, 2013
7:28 AM

Post #9675801

"...when I learned that you don't really need to compost goat poo and started to look at my goats as multi-taskers!..."


Good one...

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2013
10:53 AM

Post #9675946

You know you're a gardner when the visions of butterflies in your veggies makes you think you didnt catch the invasive cats in time to keep them from destroyin YOUR garden in time.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

October 2, 2013
12:58 PM

Post #9676097

When you grow veggies in you garden!

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9676146

My flower beds arent my garden.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 2, 2013
1:57 PM

Post #9676172

LOL, Tommy!

I hadn't quite thought of it that way, but, you're actually RIGHT!!!

Kitt,
I think your TRUCK is your garden, LOL! You should do a mobile garden!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9676198

When your DH forgot your birthday for the third time, even though he was reminded about it every time well in advance. So, to make it up to you and without even asking, he buys you a used tractor just for your garden--veggie and flower--and the goat pastures. With used implements. He knows this is what you would really want even though you hadn't said anything about wanting another tractor. This tractor is just for you as DH has taken over the tractor he bought for you for Christmas several years ago and now he won't let you use it even though you know how to operate a tractor pretty well! Oh, and you are very, very happy with getting a used tractor for your birthday(s). LOL!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 2, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9676244

WOW!!!!
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 15, 2014
11:43 AM

Post #9790174

My mother designed and sold T-shirts that say:
"Gardener: A person who sits in a yard and cannot leave well enough alone."

When we re-did the back yard, we put in a little patio. Yeah... the longest I've sat down in it is probably 5 minutes. Why? Because my eye wanders, and I see something that needs doing. I may pull it out and plant more vegetables!
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

March 17, 2014
12:34 PM

Post #9791709

The ONE stink bug you find indoors finds it way to your seedlings, and you shriek in horror, because to you, it truly IS a life-threatening situation...and dear hubby gives the bugger the old "Burial at Sea" treatment while you calm down...!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2014
2:31 PM

Post #9791806

Gracye,
I hear yah, LOL!

Go to the fabric store and buy yourself a length of cheap tulle (bridal veil fabric). Have your DH make my portable mini greenhouse (if your seedlings are still in trays). Cover the greenhouse with the tulle. I've rejoiced several times this season when coming upon a stinkbug caught in the tulle.

http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/Gymgirl/1774/Protect-Your-Seedlings-With-a-Portable-Mini-Greenhouse/

If your seedlings are already planted out, have the DH follow ldsprepper's YouTube video on how to make the mini-greenhouse to put over your beds...

[HYPERLINK@www.youtube.com]

Hugs!

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2014
9:53 PM

Post #9794314

Does it make you a real gardener if you have to plant something even if you are in a wheelchair with both legs sticking straight out in plaster splints?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2014
10:26 PM

Post #9794323

MOST DEFINITELY!!!
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2014
10:52 PM

Post #9794331

David, does that last post mean that you have had your surgery? I hope so, and that you are on the mend--
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2014
11:56 AM

Post #9794695

David, after all your contributions on DG there is no doubt you are and always will be a real gardener. The splints are temporary
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

March 23, 2014
3:57 AM

Post #9795860

You and you husband's idea of great fun is to spend your precious Saturday outside all day, putting together things you bought during the winter, and attacking the weeds in your veggie garden...and also scrubbing out your bird bath and saddle-soaping your garden boots when you are dog tired...ah! Now, that's LIFE!

Oh, forgot to mention, hearing all the cars go by, on frivolous errands...and you are thinking of your dad's words: "You HAVE to work the earth."

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2014
12:19 PM

Post #9796162

AMEN! AMEN!!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2014
9:31 AM

Post #9796933

When you scrounge around for old tires in the ditches, old lumber and used buckets from friends who no longer give your strangeness much thought, old gutter and lengths of pvc pipe from wherever you can find it, big containers from the dumpster and bread trays and cardboard from the local store. You grind, saw, hammer and hang it all. Fill them all with compost from the muck pile behind the barn and the old woodchip pile the tree trimming company was good enough to dump beside the road years ago. You add seeds you have traded for and bought and with hard work and the help of the good Lord you end up with nutritious food that is safe to feed your family and you wear the most satisfied smile while you watch them devour it all.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 24, 2014
9:47 AM

Post #9796949

When your kitchen gadgets are used more often for plant type things then cooking.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2014
9:54 AM

Post #9796958

My gardening tee shirt says, "Are you gonna throw that away?"
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2014
10:01 AM

Post #9796964

I just wore out a used to be yellow #2 pencil that Ive been using as a planting stick for about 5 years, Lisa. And, I can ever tell anyone which spoons, knives, forks or scissors I have used on my plants. PS i do have a dishwasher with the temp set on high.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2014
1:46 PM

Post #9797104

So glad to know I am not the ONLY one who uses the inside stuff, outside, LOLOLOL!

It's ok, Lisa & Marty. I'd still eat at your place, anytime, LOL!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 24, 2014
5:33 PM

Post #9797308

My kids used to try to get their friends to eat the peat pellets telling them they were chocolate. Lol

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2014
8:56 AM

Post #9798359

It's already dark out, mosquitoes are biting your neck and arms, thunderclouds are forming overhead, & you're perched on the fence with about a 6" clearance to screw in ten feet of 2x4s, eight feet off the ground, without falling into your neighbors yard, dropping the drill, or getting eaten alive.

But.

You get 'er done!

Pic #1 Mittleider T-Frame boxed in & pvc canopy couplers attached
Pic #2 Mittleider T-Frame pvc canopy couplers closeup

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2014
10:10 AM

Post #9798435

Ive decided there are really 3 of you! No one person can do all that you do. That is awesome.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2014
11:40 AM

Post #9798489

Marti,
You're right. I can't do it all by myself.

My neighbor across the street came and cut the lumber for the top of the t-frames and put the 45 angles on the "y" supports. He used my equipment, cause he doesn't have any and, I'm not that comfortable with the table saw, yet -- especially cutting such stout lumber. But, give me a minute...

Then, he came and helped me lift the T-Frames into the holes he made me dig with the old iron post hole digger that weighs 30 lbs... He held them there while I screwed them into the ends of the bed. He was in his work suit heading to Bible study, and, well, I had on the yard clothes, LOL!

Finally, one of my girl gardener groupies came last evening just before dark, and helped hold up the 2x4s while I drilled them in.

I still have to run 3 lengths of 9 gauge, 165 lb. test wire through the eyebolts, from end to end. Just looked, and it's raining out...but, the lion's share of this project is DONE!

Truth in disclosure, LOL!

Linda ^:-)^, and her helpers ^:-)^^:-)^
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

March 27, 2014
6:37 AM

Post #9798987

GG, It is easier with the right equipment, right?

Even if it is from the good silverware drawer - LOL!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2014
9:20 AM

Post #9799099

Uh,
Guess which two out of three drills are about to be tossed...

Right now, my problem is remembering I HAVE the right equipment! I've been struggling for so long using the wrong stuff, I forget to just reach for that A-Bomb!

DISCLAIMER: "No pieces of the good silverware were harmed in this build!"
ncredbird
Greeneville, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2014
12:34 PM

Post #9812539

When it's past the date for your average annual last frost, there is snow predicted, and every surface of your dining room table, kitchen and pantry is covered with lights and trays of seedlings waiting to be planted.

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