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September 16th, 2003

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02:50 pm - Fall Planting Party!
As you've likely been reading, things with my garden plans have come to a head lately and I'm going to have a lot of grass and other plants to get planted shortly. This, of course, calls for a party!

When: Saturday, September 20, 2003; 4:00 p.m. until the plants are all in or the sun goes down
Where: 1055 SE 26th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414

I'm planning to make some hearty soup in my fabulous new stock pot. I'll have plenty of water for hard workers and some tasty beverages as well (I'm thinking some lemonade and some beer).

I have some extra gloves about, but don't have extra tools. Bring a trowel!

Things to be planted include native grasses (Junegrass, Prairie Dropseed, Big and Little Bluestem) and maybe some wildflowers in the prairie garden areas. (Two areas in full sun each about 30 x 10 feet.) There are likely to be lots of things that people with hayfever-type allergies could react to.

I also have Hosta Party 3000 at my place and so there'll be hostas a-plenty to go in shady parts of the landscape (and maybe some for people to take if they want). There is also a long-shot of daffodils, but things are still be organized on that front.

If you have questions or suggestions, you can drop me email. If you want to come over and watch the festivities and visit with Ericka, that's cool too. Day of the event, you can reach us here at 612-331-3655.

We have a dog and a cat. No smoking, open flame, firearms or strong perfumes/colognes in the house. We are wheelchair accessible, though the areas to be planted probably aren't. The house is passively dangerous for unsupervised children, wrangle your own. The soup will be based on a chicken or veal stock (I haven't decided) though vegetarian food options will also be available.

If you're coming, I'd appreciate a heads-up as that will help with the laying in of supplies.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Virgin State of Mind--K's Choice--Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Album

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Date:September 16th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
I shall attend and I have mentioned this to daedala who would like to come also, it did sound like.

K. [are we just planting, or also amending, and do I need to bring my wheelbarrow?]
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Date:September 16th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! You and daedala are most welcome.

The cool thing about this being a prairie garden is that soils rarely need amending. Some of the fun is picking the cool plants that will grow in the soil you have. So no amending planned, but, you know, a wheelbarrow will likely come in handy (either for transporting plants or carting compost).
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Date:September 16th, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
Compost is an amendment. So, we're adding compost, then? And yes, the barrow is handy for lots of things.

I have a few extra tools I can bring, but the cardinal rule of my tools applies. The rule is this: My shovel is always right where I left it because no one but me ever uses it. I don't share my good shovel.

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Date:September 16th, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC)
Compost would be added as mulch rather than as amendment. That is, we wouldn't be digging it in. I've got cultivated areas where most of the plants will be going so, hopefully, minimal digging will be necessary. Other mulch product may be used; depends what I come up with.

Extra tools is up to you. I'm thinking people are responsible for bringing their own or making do with sticks and rocks. Good rule for the shovel.
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Date:September 16th, 2003 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well, fooey. No soup for you, then!

Enjoy Pittsburgh!

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