[gardeners] What's happnin' in NW Ohio

Linda Baranowski-Smith (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 20:08:45 -0500

Hi Everyone,

Spring is here with yellows of forsythia and daffs, purples of PJM's, and
buds ready to pop everywhere.  Finally feel like coming out of hibernation
so I picked/cleaned a basket of chicory for supper salad greens.  Sure were
gooood...spring tonic.

It was a special celebration today for my GP and I as we ordered 8 ton of
black gold, composted chook poop to be more specific.  We were delighted to
find a source about 50 miles away, and they will truck it in and dump it in
the vicinity where it will be used.  Yeah, no hauling!!!  Drove out to get
a sample of the stuff today and there's no real poop smell, only the nice
loamy compost smell.  Understand that 2 inches of it tilled into "fill" has
been tested as being equivalent to good topsoil.  We are excited!!!

Our small greenhouse and polyhouse are bursting at the seams with little
plants ready to go in about a month.  Have been transplanting on a daily
basis and my hands look and feel like dirty sandpaper.  Hate to use gloves
when handling transplants!  A bit OT, but I need to find a better hand
salve than what I've been using.  Have used Bag Balm and Burt's Bees Hand
Salve.  Like to stay away from most petroleum products.  Anyone know of a
good sandpaper softener on the market?

Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5