Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 50) December 23
Posted on 12/23/2011 8:55:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
click here to read article
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think you mentioned it before, but what are the panels going to power?
My goodness, those are beautiful photos and great groceries! You did good.
Our entire homestead will be solar, with the exception of the donkey barn that is still propane.
I am green with broccoli envy. We’re eating frozen from Sam’s, as my entire spring/early summer cole crop failed. Do you have enough to freeze for the winter?
Years ago my Golden Retriever puppy watched my husband take our aging, epileptic Schnauzer to the vet to be put down. When my husband came home and handed me the collar and tags, she let out a moan and a whimper, lay down, and pouted for several days.
There was tug toy that those 2 dogs played with together. My GR never played with that toy again!
Red, I pray that many animals are cured and live through Aladdin. I declare it to be so.
If I could remember how to post pictures....OTOH all my pictures are now on my I phone Can post to facebook but don’t know how to relay to FR.
The current eight panals lie flat on the crib/garage. There is room for six more...Maybe with the tax rebate for this year.
A really not to “outstandin” as they lay flat and blend into the black metal roof. We did not need any extra backup equiptment as all connector and convertors lie under each individual panal and they each can be disconnected or connected to additional panels.
Had to wait a few extra weeks until the newer versions were available, but it was worth it.
At the rate we are eating it, there won’t be any left to freeze. I feel a lot will be eaten for Christmas dinner and sent with daughter. This is a gal who hated green veggies when she was younger.
Verti-Gro? Hydro stackers?
As a side note ... aren't those smartphones the greatest thing? I freep and Facebook and eBay from my deer stand when I'm bored. Never would have imagined!
Yes, that’s a Verti-gro. It rocks.
Aladdin is the second dog I have donated to the MSU Vet school for research we also donated one to the LSU Vet school when we lived in Lafayette, La. I feel like you, maybe the future care takers of our animal family members will learn something useful. Cashmere was allowed to curl up on the foot of our bed last night - that was the first time she wanted to sleep with us in years. She has always napped on the bed during the day - she just needed a little extra comfort. Having her around and needing my care is helpful.
Yes, blooming Chinese cabbage. It’s growing in a pot with no protection or special shelter.
I’ve been intrigued by that system for some time...may give it a try for 2013 season...if the country is still here, of course.
Merry Christmas JaDB. Merry Christmas all of my gardening friends. May our coming year be filled with prosperity and the American Spirit. And may all of our seeds sprout and grown nice veggies and fruits.
OH Red, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s hard losing a faithful puppy friend. I still miss my Beanie.
LOL..I always plan to write the date of putting in the seed on the identification tab, then forget, so it’s always a surprise when the sprouts pop up.
Yes he was special. My wife was always amazed at how soundly he slept and the contented sounds he emitted, kinda like when a person would express pleasure when getting a good massage.
I thought of Aladdin this afternoon when our English Pointer, Dolly started moaning because a siren was wailing off in the distance. You have our condolences Red...
Red: I'm sorry to hear about your pup.
To all: I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Keep Christ in your Christmas.
Oh my STARZ! You’ve got banana’s! I haven’t seen a banana on my plants in 5 years.
Thanks Mr. Bender.
I’ll probably get to eat the ones in the photo. Bananas appeared on another plant a few weeks after that one, which is probably too late. Another plant just got them a couple days ago.
I’m going to move a few suckers in various sizes to some large pots and bring them in when it gets cold (below 60 or so). If I’m lucky maybe I can get bananas several times per year. If not, it’s not like I’m exactly short on suckers.
My work this week is on line. Took two partial days to dig out.
Sorry to read about your loss.
About five years ago we reluctantly put to sleep Sadie, a purebred dachshund who kept us company for 18 years. We put off the decision probably longer than we should have.
Some months earlier we discussed her health with our vet. I asked the question my wife could not bring herself to ask.
At what point in her deterioration should we put her to sleep?
At the time, I thought his answer was rather ambiguous and less than helpful. I was looking for some kind of checklist.
“When she no longer enjoys being a dog.” What the heck does that mean?
By the time we made the appointment to put Sadie to sleep, we had come to understand what that meant.
Sadie no longer ate, was emaciated, and rarely left her bedding. Though she seemed to enjoy being petted and stroked, there was no vitality in her. She never so much as wagged her tail. To my mind, she had stopped enjoying being a dog.
At the appointed time, we arrived at the vet. My wife would not leave our car. She sat and cried and stroked Sadie.
The vet’s assistant saw us and came out and gently coaxed Sadie from her. We went inside.
The vet who put Sadie to sleep was a retired vet standing in for our longstanding vet then on vacation. Afterwards, she came out and spoke to my wife.
“I’ve looked over Sadie’s records.” She said.
Maybe she looked over the records as simple protocol upon putting a companion to sleep. Maybe due to Sadie’s pitifully emaciated condition she looked for signs of abuse or neglect.
In all the 18 years we never missed an annual examination nor ever let a single inoculation lapse.
“You gave Sadie wonderful care.” She told my wife. “You gave her the longest life possible.”
My wife could barely reply, “Thank you.”
I so much appreciated that vet’s kindness.
A few months later, after my wife worked herself up to the idea of acquiring another companion, we visited the San Antonio Humane Society looking for a purebred dachshund. Yeah, I know. Slim chance of that.
We spent a lot of time looking through the facility. Some of those dogs scared me.
Somehow my wife and I separated and I went back to the small dog facility. I spoke to a volunteer, told her what we were looking for, and she said she had someone to show me.
I was horrified when she brought out BJ.
The dog looked more like a hound than a Dauschund. On top of that, she brought him out of quarantine where he had been isolated while being treated for heart worms.
I politely thanked the volunteer and told her, BJ was not what we were looking for.
But, there was something about BJ.
For no rational reason, I brought my wife back and asked the volunteer to show him to my wife. We took him out for a walk.
She didn’t like him. He wasn’t a dachshund. He was too big. He wasn’t Sadie.
I liked him. I wanted him. Only God knows why. The wife, certainly didn’t.
At the end of the adoption process I asked that when a true dachshund became available, they should call us . . . immediately.
The call came a few weeks later.
The dog was not a true dachshund. It looked like a dachshund/chihuahua. Gretchen certainly had the temperment of a chihuahua.
No replacement for Sadie.
Five years later, for my wife nor for I, I know there will not be a replacement for either BJ nor for Gretchen.
They have given us much pleasure in caring for and being with them.
I can tell from your post you cared for Aladdin, in health and sickness, as we cared for Sadie.
I’d have preferred Sadie passed at home as did Alladin, but in her circumstances I don’t believe that was best.
Best wishes on all the changes in your life. Thank you for making this forum available to us. And, should you wish to acquire another pet, whatever the breed, hope he/they bring you as much pleasure as BJ and Gretchen have given us.
Thank you for your kind words. We still have Aladdin’s sister, Cashmere, to love and care for. She is in excellent health and is a lively and active 11 year old pup.
Thank You for your kind words rightly_dividing.
Wow ... that is stunning. It is still gray and raining here.
Yep, has been a cool. cloudy and gray rainy day here also. Have not ventured out all day.
In the pictures I have seen; the tomato seems to be growing in a pot about six feet up, and the plant just hangs...is that the case with yours? It’s hard to tell...one would think the weight would cause branches to break or just pull the roots out at some point.
Ping to this post, Darksheare!
So sorry for your loss. As others have said, it’s nice that he was able to leave from home.
God Bless you dear friend.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.