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Mar. 3rd, 2009 11:32 pm
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My brother Eric came home from the hospital today. Several years ago, he had to have a stent implanted in his heart. A second cardiac vessel has narrowed since then, and he had to have a second stent. I'm just glad that they found it in time.

I've sold all of my columbines, cardinal flowers, rudbeckia, and hibiscus- even the ones that I intended to keep for myself. All of these were 2-year plants started last season. I've developed a good market for the second year plants because people are getting great results with them. Time to get to work on this year's crop.

I visited my friend Ty's  orchard. He has 400 more trees to plant, 700 more to trellis, and umpteen rootstocks to graft. He showed me his new chip-budding device-very nice! There's 13-15 inches of snow in the orchard, but it's supposed to get up to 68 degress F on Friday, and 73 on Saturday and Sunday. He'll be in the mud, and I'll be shoveling horse manure for my compost pile. Fun-here we come!   

Date: 2009-03-04 06:10 am (UTC)
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My Hubby had to have a stent put in a blood vessel close to his heart this spring too.
Speaking of fun, I'll be shoveling and raking wood chip mulch the rest of this week.

Date: 2009-03-05 01:12 am (UTC)
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I hope that your hubby is feeling much better.

I'm thankful that I live near a stable and can get all of the manure that I want.

Date: 2009-03-05 04:46 am (UTC)
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You lucky rascal! I have to buy mine!
Hubby is doing better.

Date: 2009-03-05 04:52 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear that Hubby is on the mend.

Date: 2009-03-05 05:21 am (UTC)
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He came home healthy as a horse.
And hungry!
But then he had a bout of stomach virus and couldn't eat for 24 hours.
He finally got back to normal inside of two days and then made up for lost time eating.

Date: 2009-03-04 05:07 pm (UTC)
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sounds like fun to me! Gary and I have to go out this weekend and look for composted manure, hopefully at least a few different kinds for a better mix, to put into our soil mix we are using this year :)

Date: 2009-03-05 01:56 am (UTC)
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As I told someone else, organic gardening has turned me into a connoisseur of manure. In addition to the horse manure, I get manure from my brother-in-law's goats.

I don't like chicken manure-it can burn plants, it's full of weed seeds and feathers, and draws flies.

Good luck on your search!

Date: 2009-03-05 02:31 am (UTC)
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Best wishes for Eric!
The two-years sound, well, sound, and a good purchase for your customers.
We're cleaning out the winter garden this weekend - from pots. Then we'll batch the soil, put it aside in garbage cans and let it rest a bit, allowing the disease organisms to fritter and, eventually, whither. Meanwhile, we'll mix another batch with compost and get on with things. I need to find a used kitchen sink-counter - all metal - for Herself, as a work station outside by the potting and growing area.

Date: 2009-03-05 03:26 am (UTC)
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I used to have an double sink that I used as a workstation.

Foe the last several weeks, I've been cleaning the greenhouse, sterilizing pots, organizing equipment, etc. The work goes better when things are in order.

Eric had a nosebleed this evening. It scared me to death, but I think that he's OK.

Date: 2009-03-05 03:59 am (UTC)
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Does your friend have grapes for sale? I need a bit older vines than I can find. Anything fun or interesting? I am building a small orchard/vineyard for a client.

Date: 2009-03-05 04:29 am (UTC)
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Ty doesn't have any grapes. I could ask my friend with a vineyard...

Try Century Farm Orchards for apple and peach trees. They have a website.


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