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Friday, December 7, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-12-07

Gardening in Middle Tennessee
Treasures lost and found. Many things of sentimental and monetary value wer sold half or lost or just tossed along the way as we migrated to what we hope is the Promised Land.  Sometimes I mourned them.  But still, they are only "things."  The important things, for the most part, however, made the treck.  And one of my most prize -my seed collection.  I wonder, did pioneer women long ago clutched tightly to their packets of seeds, training and praying for land to plant them in?  A small handful of bean seeds more precious than gold.  So here is a list of my treasures, hauled 2200 miles from the high desert mountains of rural Nevada.
[Note 2018-12-12: The list is extensive.  Perhaps someday I will transcribe them here, but it contains several hundred entries.]

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-11-29

Gardening in Middle Tennessee.
Thursday. Most of the trees have dropped their leaves. The nights are down in the low 30's & high 20's. The days are lovely, crisp, and while the mornings have been drizzly, the afternoons have been clear. Sounding like perfect weather for spinach under row covers. Missing my garden, but enjoying being a corporate girl. Still, this time of year begs me to buy seeds! What if I buy them and don't have a spring or summer garden, either? Lots of bunnies & skunks here. Pretty much have to cage in everything...Oddly, no snails. Probably due to the late afternoon robin invasion. "That's where I come from, I'm an old Tennessean..."

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-11-23

Gardening in Middle Tennessee.
Weather was lovely for Thanksgiving. Today it is grey and drizzly. The grass and weeds are happy.
Birds are eating about 20% of the food in the feeder each day. So far, I have not seen any evidence of squirrels using them - and we have lots of squirrels in our neighborhood. Lots of cottontails, too.
The indoor mint cuttings didn't fare so well, and I am down to only one now. Some of the basils also culled. Still, the rosemary looks good, and at least 3 of the basils are doing well.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-11-13

Gardening in Middle Tennessee.

First Hard Frost 2012

28*F this morning
The autumn leaves have been lovely this week, but the winds have been kicking up and blowing the leaves off of the branches. Of course, the wind is nothing like NV. Loving this weather. Been flirting with frost for a week, and finally got our [first] hard frost today.
Already i am dreaming of planting tomatoes! Stop! No! Not yet! Let us see if we can make it to Feb before starting them. And then what will I do with them? Give them away? Sell them? I don't know, but I can't not grow them.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-09-25

Gardening in Middle Tennessee.
Changing water every day for the basil cuttings. Rosemary outside for morning sun. Time to start October journal. I hope I can get six or seven years [out of each book], I've planned for seven. We'll see how it goes.

[Note from 2018-12-12: I am actually getting 10 or more years out of each book (one book per month)]

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-09-15

Gardening in Middle Tennessee

Made a good haul from the Farmer's Market this morning. One farmer noted that this was an awesome year for tomatoes.
  • Carrots - 1 doz at $5 - the most expensive thing, but they are divine. Full sized but as sweet and crisp as baby fingerlings.
  • Tomatoes - $1/pound - juicy, luscious, perfectly ripe, you can smell them
  • 5 hot peppers - Tabasco style - boxes for canning were $14 - I just wanted 5. the farmer tried to just give them to me - I forced them to take 75cents
  • 2 fat sweet potatoes for baking
  • One green and one red bell pepper - hardly any ripe ones today - nearly all green. Maybe I didn't get to market early enough
  • Bag of peaches - looked way better than the last batch. I may eat some fresh.
  • Bag of spinach and one of red lettuce; one cuke. Salad for lunch on Sunday!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Journal Entry 2012-04-02

Gardening in the High Desert

The gale-force wind from yesterday seems to have abated, so maybe today I will go out in my barren garden and see what's alive. Even though there are no veggies to put out yet, the strawberries and irises and daffodils should be making an appearance, along with lemon balm, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.

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