Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Promise of Seedlings

There is nothing better than the promise of seedlings. Recently I planted seeds of the North Georgia Candy Roaster squash which grows 18 inches long and weighs about 10 pounds. This is a winter squash which stores well and is very sweet. I didn't know if the seeds would be viable since I saved them from the squash I bought at the farmer's market last year - and yippee they are. 

I also planted Cherokee black bean seeds (Trail of Tears seeds). I got the seeds from a farmer last year at the farmer's market. So far only one has come up. I wonder if I should soak the hard seed overnight before planting. If other's don't come up, I'll try that.

I bought a packet of sunflowers Autumn Beauty and started those seeds and they're coming up well.

Planting and watering seedlings led me to make a row cover for the plants  so they wouldn't be over watered by all the rain. Then bending over to spritz the seedlings had me dreaming of a potting bench. Today we looked through our lumber pile to see what we could build. Stay tuned for a rustic potting bench.

Every day Barney (below - a true manx) meows to come in to see if Butter is here. He sniffs everything in the middle bedroom and even looks under the bed for him. Then he wants to go back out. Even though the two were stand-offish I guess they loved each other. The need for companionship is universal in animals and people. Poor little Butter.

Betty (below-part Maine coon cat) wants to go out in the morning before the sun rises but I tell her no. She has to wait for the sun to come up.

Oh the news said big cats are getting canine distemper and it makes them not have a fear of humans, so be careful of mountain lions, pumas, or whatever you may call them. They may attack humans which isn't their normal behavior. Tomorrow is the Trash to Treasures sale so I'll be busy getting ready for that and hopefully be able to get those bells strung up so show you. Spring is a busy time of year I guess. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Great to see seedlings when they come up. I saw a "garden bell" in a gallery yesterday, and thought of you!

  2. Hi Barb, thanks, oh I wish you had taken a photo of it for me to see, still trying to figure out all the stringing details.

  3. Lovely cats! Spring is so busy, all the clean up from winter and then starting afresh. A potting bench is a great idea.

  4. Hi Joanne, thanks, yes the bench beats bending down all the time.

  5. A potting bench would be wonderful. Easier to tidy up afterwards too.
    Poor Butter. Poor you.
    And good luck at the Trash n Treasure tomorrow.

  6. Hi Sue, thanks, we didn't get it together to go to the sale since it was literally pouring cats and dogs but we got the potting bench built as well as a bbq table for the upstairs deck, amazing for the two of us not getting into a fight. ha.

  7. Looks like you’re working on a really nice garden there.

  8. Hi Lori, thanks, more black beans germinated today so they just took a little longer. Can't wait to see how these all produce.

  9. Barney and Betty are beautiful; both are fine looking cats, that's for sure. My heart breaks for wonderful it would be if he came back home. Don't give up hope just yet...I haven't.


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