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Freeper Gardeners ---- How to tell you're a compulsive gardener
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 9, 2008 | Jo Ann M. Hofheimer

Posted on 04/03/2009 7:21:12 AM PDT by Gabz

How to tell you're a compulsive gardener

1. When stuck in traffic, you want to weed the median strip.

2. On a walk in the neighborhood, you look at the plants so much that you trip on the sidewalk.

3. You find yourself worrying about your neighbor's plants. Especially when your neighbor is doing something stupid.

4. You are tempted to adopt those straggly, mishandled plants at the garden center because you think you can give them a good home.

5. You want to collect seeds from half the vegetables you eat.

6. You find yourself pruning, pruning, pruning because it's just so much fun to be in control.

7. You wish you could prune your neighbor's plants.

8. Visits to the zoo are more about plants than animals.

9. You wish all plants, everywhere, had labels.

10. In winter, you ease garden withdrawal by reading seed catalogs like novels.

11. You pass idle time by imagining how to plant pots to get the right combinations, then replant them.

12. When passing houses, you rearrange the entrance planting for every doorway.

13. You wish you could "cultivate the weather," as Karel Capek put it, to make it behave: regulate the rain, decree the last frost, hush the wind...

14. You refuse to wear a watch in the garden, because gardening should always be the perfect opportunity to live in the moment.

Jo Ann Hofheimer is an avid gardener who lives in Virginia Beach


TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Outdoors; Weather
KEYWORDS: digging; gardening; outdoors; spring
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To: Gabz

Numbers four and five,.... thanks Gabz....


101 posted on 04/03/2009 7:18:35 PM PDT by waterhill (An armed man has the means for independence.....)
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To: waterhill

Excellent thread Gabz...

Awesome!!!!


102 posted on 04/03/2009 7:23:59 PM PDT by waterhill (An armed man has the means for independence.....)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“I’m so glad that you’re growing tobacco! I’m sort of surprised that I haven’t had any requests for tobacco seed at work so far...but our Smoking Ban isn’t state-wide yet, though the Gov is slapping another $1.62 in taxes onto each pack this year.”

I’ve been thinking about planting some, even though no one in my family smokes. Figure if I learn how to cure it, it might make for a good trade item if things get really bad. I’ve got a seedpod from an old heirloom variety. It was given to me by an old Hopi gentleman who said his family had been tending the same patch for nearly 4000 years!

Any advice on growing it?


103 posted on 04/04/2009 11:54:16 AM PDT by Ellendra (Can't starve us out, and you can't make us run...Country folks CAN survive!!! -Hank Jr.)
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To: Ellendra

http://www.growtobacco.net/

Never grew the stuff myself...but I really like your idea as using it as a bartering tool!


104 posted on 04/04/2009 4:04:58 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Gabz
My bit of the boonies
105 posted on 04/05/2009 9:03:33 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Never grew the stuff myself...but I really like your idea as using it as a bartering tool!”

Thanks, I’ve been working on ideas for barter items. I’m too broke to stock up on necessities, so I stock up on knowledge. Among other things I figure that people will always look for ways to feed their addictions. I’ve got that one tobacco seed pod that was a gift, I’m working on a chocolate substitute, I know a substitute for the flavor of coffee but not the caffeine (I’m not a coffee lover, would the taste suffice?), and hard cider is a cinch to make. For sugar, I have seeds for sugar beets and sorghum, I know where the maple trees are, and while my beehives need some repair I’m confident I can entice one of the wild honeybee swarms that are always near my land.

I’ve been trying to prepare as much as I can, considering I’m stuck at home in my wheelchair most of the time. It gets boring here.


106 posted on 04/05/2009 7:21:40 PM PDT by Ellendra (Can't starve us out, and you can't make us run...Country folks CAN survive!!! -Hank Jr.)
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To: Gabz
Bah! I be nailed.

All day long in back-brain I was fretting over covering my newbies against the frost to descend early next morning. Plants are now sheltered and covered -- Let Jack have his way!

107 posted on 04/07/2009 4:31:25 PM PDT by Alia
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To: Gabz

Hiya Gabz.

We spoke about hidden lakes gardens here in Michigan a while back and I thought you might be interested in the new pics from my Saturday trip.

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/353054/index.html


108 posted on 05/04/2009 10:22:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Gabz

#15. Whenever you shop and come across some new vegetable seed you’ve never grown before, you buy a packet without hesitation.


109 posted on 05/04/2009 10:30:06 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (I'm all for cap & trade. I want to cap government's power and trade it for a conservative one.)
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To: OB1kNOb; cripplecreek
Cripplecreek --- I'm terrified to open your link at the moment, I've got such major computer proplems that I'm doing everything I can to stay online long enough for this to post, and going to other links seems to be a major no-no for me for some reason. but I've got the link and so will look when my troubles settle down to at least a dull roar!!!

OB1kNOb: #15. Whenever you shop and come across some new vegetable seed you’ve never grown before, you buy a packet without hesitation.

Oh, so right you are! I went a bit crazy yesterday with buying seeds. Other than adishes, I've never had any luck with root crops, but I'm going to try carrots (again) and beets (for the very first time) this year. I did come across a radish I had never seen before called Watermelon.......now if only the weather would cooperate so I could get back outside!

110 posted on 05/04/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT by Gabz
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