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Avoiding their obsession | Main | The Ace of Spades Pet Thread, May 7
May 07, 2022

Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, May 7

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Happy Saturday and Happy Mother's Day Weekend! Need flowers or plants? Think about something that might live in a garden. Things that might lift our spirits when times get tough, even:

Amid the destruction of the storms around here, a lot of the little things have been doing quite well. My irises are blooming nicely, and this is the time of year when the Azaleas show why we like them so. - Tom Servo

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So striking!

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Bet that iris smells good.

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Edible Gardening

Think about growing some salad fixin's, because Gordon is documenting a rise in the cost of salad dressings. Plus, your own veggies will taste better.

Got a homemade salad dressing recipe you like?

Two ounces less is a 15 percent increase in price.


Ouch! Here are 19 dressings from Taste of Home.

PLUS, a revenge video! "A good YouTube about how to deal with treacherous neighbors who steal water and power." The guy stealing is an attorney?

Putting things by

By-Tor has responded to requests for a recipe for the fermented dill pickles last week:

Used up my last batch with my Fair entries so I put so more naturally fermented garlic dill pickles in the bucket. It's so simple anyone can do it. It is simply a 5% salt water brine solution, in a container, with cucumbers. And some dill and garlic. Use non-iodized salt.

For Luddites, I did a simple conversion if you don't want to do metric meaurements:

3 tablespoons of salt per 1 quart of hot water. Pour enough of this in the bucket to cover up the pickles. I use a saucer to weigh down the pickles so they stay under the brine. These are about five days old. Almost done, but honestly, this style of pickles is done when you say it is done.

When done, you can slice them, leave them whole. make them spears, or make relish.

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Thanks, By-Tor! Good luck at the fair.


Longtime lurker Miss Susan here. First photo is of a three-weeks-at-home, 3-inch potted rose purchased from the local grocer for me by hubby as a snowy Valentine's Day 2020 gift... I named her Rosie. Two and a half-months later, she rode in the front seat of my little SUV 2,000 miles all the way to East Texas where she, and we, lived in an airbnb looking for a house in the middle of Kung Flu. We finally found a charming, newly constructed farm house on some small acreage where she was transplanted in August of that same year. Little Rosie survived the great 2020 Texas SnowColdPocalypse by being covered in a cardboard box with a light bulb tucked underneath. Second photo, here she is, two years and two thousand miles later, loving East Texas as much as we do ....

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Great plant! That kind of plant could make a nice Mother's Day gift, too. (Hint, hint.)

This report from badgerwx is slightly delayed:

The intermittent cool spells let me stretch the spring transplanting season, but once the irises start blooming it's time to quit. So far only my dwarf iris is blooming but the big guys won't be far behind.

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The mid-atlantic isn't the best climate for lilacs, but being from Wis I gotta have some. Three of my 4 lilacs are in full bloom now. The 4th - Miss Kim - is always the last to bloom. The hybrid tulips most people plant are pretty much annuals around here, so I'm trying to grow species tulips in hopes that they'll naturalize.

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On the puttering side, it's time to repot my houseplants, but I'll have to wait to repot this confused holiday cactus. It usually gets 1-2 flowers each spring in addition to its regular fall bloom. And a wildlife note - my mourning dove has flown the coop and there was no sign it had any eggs. So did something eat them shells & all? Or did that dopey dove spend over 2 weeks sitting on an empty nest?

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Sometimes animals are inscrutable.


From: lurker in NorCal Sierra Foothills:

We have had many deer on our property. Even doing unusual, entertaining, and frustrating things. But in all my 60+ years in the woods I have never seen one laying down with their head laying all the way down on the ground like the middle one in this group! It was a little unsettling.


Gorgeous property and interesting wildlife observation!

If you would like to send photos, stories, links, etc. for the Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden at g mail dot com

Remember to include the nic or name by which you wish to be known at AoSHQ, or let us know if you want to remain a lurker.

Week in Review

What has changed since last week's thread, April 30, which included information on fermented pickles for the fair, squirrels, bunnies, a snake, flowers, lots of succulents, and perennial veggies? Any thoughts or questions?

The comments here are closed so you won't get banned for commenting on a week-old post, but don't try it anyway.

Did we decide what the snake was? That big, blooming succulent?

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