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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 50) December 23
JustaDumbBlonde | December 23, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 12/23/2011 8:55:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

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TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Update on the solar installation ... they are still working to get this thing finished and turned on by Dec. 31, so that we can take the tax credit for this year. There will be 14 rows when they are done.

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41 posted on 12/23/2011 1:37:55 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All
Thank you! I'm running around today and checking-in as much as I can. Have my last batch of marmalade on the stove, almost ready for jars.

We've had over 3 inches of rain this week and everything outside is a mess, but the pond has received enough beneficial runoff to get it almost normal.

42 posted on 12/23/2011 1:41:30 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: AZamericonnie

Thank you so much! I wanted a cross for many years and last year my husband constructed that one and we put lights on it. There is an obsolete antenna tower on the back of the house, and we hung the cross on it.


43 posted on 12/23/2011 1:44:06 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: hoosiermama

Good girl! You really scored with your new setup! Merry Christmas.


44 posted on 12/23/2011 1:45:58 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Gabz

Hey stranger! So good to see you ... was just thinking about you the other day when I was eyeing up some old windows on a house that is going to be torn down.


45 posted on 12/23/2011 1:48:05 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Fascinating...


46 posted on 12/23/2011 1:51:57 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

LOL!!! me and my windows :)

I don’t know why I’ve been such a stranger, just haven’t been posting as much as I used to do.


47 posted on 12/23/2011 1:52:12 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s just beautiful. When I first saw the picture I actually thought it must be a local church. Silly me, I should have known better!


48 posted on 12/23/2011 1:53:57 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Oh, No! It’s so hard when you lose a dog. My heart goes out to you. How is Cashmere doing?


49 posted on 12/23/2011 1:54:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232

Red,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Aladdin. You and your family will be in my prayers.

God bless you and may he comfort you at this difficult time.


50 posted on 12/23/2011 1:56:45 PM PST by Dacula
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
So again this year I let the winter season sneak up on me and didn't start my seeds until late, but things are finally starting to take off. Got my first cauliflower the other night, getting a slow but steady run of tomatoes, enough lettuce and spinach, and the first batch of celery is almost ready.
51 posted on 12/23/2011 2:22:19 PM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

we put in a few solar panals on one of our buildings this summer..Our electric bill is half of what it was. WOO HOO

All of our buildings have a south facing roof. Could easily create a solar farm.


52 posted on 12/23/2011 2:32:06 PM PST by hoosiermama (We need more Jobs.....Steve Jobs....entrepreneurs and creators.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

So sorry to hear about your loss. We just got a new border collie puppy. Does a heart good to have a “baby” in the house. She’s taken ornaments off the tree, put them in her nest. Yesterday she brought one of the fake eggs to the house. She loves hanging out with the hens.

Dad named her Ranger, but she’s more of a Danger!

One can never totally replace an ol friend, but new ones sometimes do help fill the void.


53 posted on 12/23/2011 2:44:15 PM PST by hoosiermama (We need more Jobs.....Steve Jobs....entrepreneurs and creators.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Cashmere is doing fine. Unfortunately she watched as my wife and I struggled to get Aladdin into my truck so I could take him to our vet. We donated him to the Veterinary Science School up at Mississippi State University. It cost me $75 - pays for freezer space and transportation up there.

When I got back from the Vet she laid down by the truck and stayed there for an hour or more - I guess waiting for Aladdin to come out - it was sad. I do think she is missing her buddy. But she is healthy and very active.


54 posted on 12/23/2011 3:06:44 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: hoosiermama
Ohhh, you gotta love the south facing roofs! I definitely did not want the solar panels taking up room on the ground, and the house is under old oak trees and all shaded. I asked the solar man if he could put them on the shed, and he could fit them all on the back side, so hardly anything is visible from the house.

The system is sized for 115% of our current power consumption, so we should run a credit on the electric bill, and we will have power in both of our outbuildings that are not currently lighted. They have also run power out to the island in my pond so that I can hook up a pump/fountain in the summer.

55 posted on 12/23/2011 3:07:17 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Our daughter is home for a few days and cut some fresh broccoli from my garden. She said it was much better than store bought broccoli crowns.


56 posted on 12/23/2011 3:09:36 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I think you mentioned it before, but what are the panels going to power?


57 posted on 12/23/2011 3:10:33 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Darth Reardon

My goodness, those are beautiful photos and great groceries! You did good.


58 posted on 12/23/2011 3:14:49 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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Bok choy is blooming in my yard in Cincinnati on 23 December!
59 posted on 12/23/2011 3:28:38 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Red_Devil 232

Our entire homestead will be solar, with the exception of the donkey barn that is still propane.


60 posted on 12/23/2011 3:30:31 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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