Catching Up

| 1/27/2014 3:08:00 PM

Tags: Appendicitis, Garden Update, Seed Testing, Bulb Fix, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveOh, boy. I have been very neglectful to my GRIT blog and really my personal blog as well. November and December is always a busy time of the year but this year was even more so. Every year I think that I really must cut down on my 100 or so Christmas cards but then I just can't bring myself to do it and (big sigh) each year a few more get added. I hear from people through out the year about how wonderful it was to receive a card from me and how great the letter was. It's something that I've started that has taken on a life of its own and would be difficult to stop. Ah well, what's a retired guy supposed to do with non garden time. Oh, yeah, plan, start seeds, or dream about gardening. 

Most of you know by now about the appendicitis attack that happened on January 2nd. If you didn't hear about it and really want to know what happened you can click here and read all about it. Today's appendectomy surgery is not the appendectomy surgery of my parents' day. It was a major operation 50 years ago but today it's a routine operation that takes less than an hour and got me home the next day. Two weeks later the follow-up doctor visit found me pretty much back to a normal routine life.

I still haven't heard anything from the EPA about the lead testing so I suspect the spring planting is a bust for Terra Nova Gardens. Not to be discouraged, it will give me more time to work on developing the spring and getting ready for next year's planting. Depending on the test results and the work that's done, perhaps the fence will be completed as well. There's plenty of projects to work on back at the Urban Ranch where I live. I've taken to searching out other properties to buy from the city foreclosure list. There are some $100 properties that would make good gardens. Not that I need any more garden space now but maybe in the future. One piece I'm looking at is 43 by 60 feet on a corner lot. It's very flat and is a great prospect. If I bought it, development wouldn't start for two to three years. It might be nice to own just in case things go south in the next couple years. My uncle Danny O'Kane always told me, "Ya just can't go wrong owning property." Of course he said it in an Irish brogue. There's another one I haven't checked out yet but it's even bigger. It's 50 by 157 feet but this one is covered with lots of trees. Maybe owning wooded land might be advantageous some time in the future. This piece could have very steep slopes as well. It's difficult to tell from the Google aerial view.

Seed starting station

Seed catalogs are piling up and seed orders are starting to be sent out and received. I've begun the testing process for viable seeds from last year's stash. Since I had great success last year with starting seeds, I'll be doing that again this year. I'm going to make an attempt to plant sprouted seeds to see if that can be done with any kind of success. One of the GRIT blogs says it can be done so I'm checking it out. A pen pal that I've been writing to for over a year that I found in the GRIT magazine pages has sent me some seeds for growing giant pumpkins. That should be fun to try. I'm not really expecting a record 1,000-pound pumpkin but a 100-pound pumpkin would still be the talk of the neighborhood.

Terra Nova Gardens January

2/5/2014 1:41:34 PM

I hope you can keep the trips to the dump to the minimum. I love the idea of recycling, up-cycling, and repurposing! Let me know how your indoor seed sprouting goes. I'm not quiet bold enough to go there yet. Glad to her that you are feeling better.

1/29/2014 4:22:46 PM

BackyardBaers, Yup, totally back to normal. All recovered except for the bills. It's amazing how much it costs for one overnight hospital visit. I haven't had to use my health insurance for over 12 years so we will see how much has changed in that length of time. Thanks for leaving a comment. ***** Have a great GRIT blogging day.

1/28/2014 12:07:34 PM

Glad to hear you are doing better after the appendicitis episode!

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