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More Garden Mulching and Nebraska Phil Appears

A photo of Nebraska DaveI hope everyone is well into enjoying the fall weather.  Leaves are falling rapidly and will be complete very shortly.  We here in Nebraska just had yet another killing frost last night.  The day time temperatures are ranging in the 40s and 50s now and the trend will only be downward.  Along with the dropping temperatures another round of sniffles is raging through the household.  The grandson started it with a virus from school.  Then it run through my daughter and now me.  My motto is to kill and destroy any evil virus, germ, or bacteria.  It was the wrong decision to invade my body because they are going to die die die.

Terra Nova Gardens Resident Groundhog 

Here's my little friend in Terra Nova Gardens.  I'm not sure if it is a he or a she so I'll just call it a he. I think I'm going to call him Nebraska Phil after the famous Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. So now I can predict when winter will end right in my own Terra Nova Gardens. Groundhogs are vegetarians and eat almost anything in the garden. As you can see, he's been well fed. He's watching me from the entrance to his den. I understand that groundhogs can have an extensive tunnel system with many exits. It should be a real challenge trying to grow a garden right next to his door. I got within 20 feet of him before he decided that was close enough and disappeared into the safety of his den.  I did have a nice chat with this guy while I was taking pictures.  I told him it as OK for him to eat some of the garden but just don't get greedy.  I hope he heard me because right after that discussion, he turned his back and disappeared into his den.  I think it's a boy because when boys hear something they don't particularly want to hear they just turn their heads and pretend they didn't hear it. :0)Nebraska Dave dumping mulch 

Spreading the foraged mulch from the neighbor yards continues.  So far I have dumped 233 bags of leaf/grass yard waste on Terra Nova Gardens with another two weeks to go.  I pulled another five loads out of the neighborhood last Thursday and am in process of hauling them to the garden.  I don't have a count on them but I haul about 20 bags to a load so I'm estimating it will be another 100 bags.  My plan is to keep plugging away at the mulching until the yard is season is over.  Maybe if I can get about a foot of mulch on the ground by next spring I'll have a good inch of cover to keep the weeds at bay and feed the garden plants.  The plans for the Terra Nova Gardens 2013 have been tentatively made.  Of course with all garden plans, they can be changed while the seeds are still in the package.
Terra Nova Gardens 2013 North 

It's a little difficult to see but this is the garden layout for 2013.  Hopefully, it will be a good plan.  It's all subject to change until the seeds actually go into the ground.

All the garden beds have been stripped clean and the debris sent to the compost pile.

Happy Thanksgiving 

 From my house to yours.  A very joyful Thanksgiving season to everyone in your family.

nebraska dave
11/20/2012 11:22:02 PM

Tamara, just two wild and crazy guys having a good time in the garden. Yeeaaah, we will see just how great it is when the pumpkins start growing right outside his door. I sure hope he can contain himself a little bit and not decide to gorge on every pumpkin. Have a great Thanksgiving and thanks for leaving a comment.


tamara gantt
11/20/2012 6:29:11 PM

Nebraska Phil is precious! I'm glad he has you for a companion, and you have him!


nebraska dave
11/20/2012 1:54:52 AM

Mary, I think you are correct is your assumption that this will be a long winter of fighting off the viruses. Hopefully, with my home remedies I can stay healthy through the winter even though the viruses swim all around me. :0) My garden planning is already into version 4 from where I started. I expect that it will continue to change until seeds are in the ground. Have a great fall day.


mary carton
11/14/2012 5:05:26 AM

Dave, we've had a wave of two bucket virus going around our area. Flu has started early this year also along with rotovirus. I have a feeling it's going to be a long flu season this winter. You should have a great rich composted soil when all those leaves break down. I have a very large groundhog that just tunnels through everything. I bet the gardening lay out changes as soon as you get some new seed catalogs in the first of the year.


nebraska dave
11/6/2012 4:22:25 AM

Cindy, Yeeaaah, cute, huh. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep him at bay. Pumpkins will be planted next year right outside his doorway. I hear they love pumpkins. Well, we may have to cage the pumpkins to get a couple. Today while I was hauling more mulch to the garden the wild turkeys were foraging through what I had already spread out. I guess they were eating seeds. With the temperatures regularly dipping below 32 degrees, I wouldn't think that there would be any bugs left to gobble up. Yup, those cold germs are dead. About five days and they were flushed out of my system. Have a great Michigan day.


cindy murphy
11/5/2012 9:17:21 PM

The thing about groundhogs, Dave, is they are so darned cute. Just look at him in that photo you took - he's adorable! Adorable until you turn your back, and they start chomping on your garden. I wouldn't count on Phil obeying the "this is my part of the garden, this is your part" boundaries. Hope banishing your cold germs is much quicker, and takes much less effort than trying to thwart a groundhog! Feel better soon.