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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 7:24am

Yesterday I looked at prices and features of wheelbarrows and garden carts at 5 stores.  Some looked very nice, but with a $250 price tag I had to say no thanks.

I saw some nice-looking one-wheel wheelbarrows for a reasonable price but I remember using them many years ago and loosing balance with them, which caused them to dump the load to the side prematurely.  They also put much more force on my hands than the 2 wheelers.  I now have a bit of rheumatism in my hands so I don't think I would be happy with a 1 wheeler.

I wore my old one out by moving many tons of dirt last year.  It was a $30 wheelbarrow with two thin skinned plastic tires.  Those tires finally developed splits and depressions that made it very difficult to use.  One of them even wore-out it's bearings. It also had another feature I didn't like.  when it was heaped with dirt, it was easier to pull than push, especially when the wheels got wonky, but it would often hit the back of my feet when pulling.

Finally purchased a cart at Home Depot for $60 and put it together.  It has 4 pneumatic tires, a long rod to the handle to pull it with, and a latch on the container that allows it to swivel up to dump.  Haven't used it yet but looks like it should work well.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 6:53am

Methinks I've talked about my brother the mushroom hunter before, but what the hey.  If it's been too soon to repeat, tell me.

My brother Louis was an avid mushroom adventurer.  He read many books, tramped through many acres, and tried eating many kinds. 

He took some unwise chances and got sick at least two times, ending up in the hospital once.  

I wish I had went with him and learned from him before he checked-out (not from mushrooms).  I can only remember two things I learned from him.

1. One of his sicknesses was caused by eating some mushrooms that were too old.  They were safe when young, but became poisonous when old.  I think he said there were several kinds like that.

2.  I ask him if I could avoid getting too sick with an unknown mushroom by eating a very small portion, waiting a day before eating a little larger portion, and so on.  He said no.  He said there is a threshold above which you will get very sick.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2014 at 6:39am

Mushrooms: poisonous or edible? It's mostly experience and instinct, but a good rule of thumb is if it has ridges under the cap, it's poisonous. I'm certainly no expert with only local mushroom knowledge.

I had already purchased my necessary items from Rural King, when I broused through the garden section outdoors yesterday. Since half my Red Haven peach tree lost limbs over the winter, I bought another one (for $20). Plus, I couldn't resist buying another blueberry plant ($9). My only surviving plant needed a companion! 

Comment by king on May 13, 2014 at 1:29am
So I got bite by a spider a couple weeks ago
Comment by king on May 13, 2014 at 1:28am
Rule of thumb with mushrooms if you don't know somebody who has ate it and is still alive with no health problems at all don't eat it
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 12, 2014 at 2:53pm

Randall, what is it you see that determines they are poisonous? 

Comment by k.h. ky on May 12, 2014 at 12:16pm
Sorry all. I had to do it somewhere.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 12, 2014 at 12:15pm
Rain, rain and more rain. I'm sick of it. Between breaks in the rain it's to wet to do anything but suffer the humidity and watch shrubs lose leaves from a blight.
That's my bitching for the day!
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2014 at 7:19am

Glad you finally got some rain Randall.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2014 at 7:15am

You're correct King.  Those are beet seedlings.

 

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