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Comment by Loam Gnome on October 29, 2018 at 6:53pm

That last melon should read Alvaro Melon

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 29, 2018 at 6:51pm

Jotham, I have very mixed results with bunching onions.  I also teied potato onions which did not thrive for me.  My best result is Egyptian Walking Onion.  I bought the first sets 18 years ago, kept the first batch to replant, and have more scallions than we can handle, every year.

Ir's way early to think about seed orders butvI did anyway.  If I drop dead before spring, well it wont matter.  This season I want to start onion seeds and pepper seeds in Dec or Jan.

For melons, I ordered the shortest season oneI could find.  Blacktail Mountain (Idaho) Watermelon, Minnesota Midget Cantalope, and Alcaro melon.  Some will go in a raised bed, others in a South exposure of the house, south of the fig trees.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on October 29, 2018 at 8:17am

" Egyptian Walking Onions".....

That reminds me, I have to check on those bunching onions that didn't grow that well this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 29, 2018 at 7:44am

With last names like the two of you (Joan and Daniel) have, researching should be easy (although that's only one small fragment). I've said before, I'm stuck with Smith. I don't know my 3-great grandfather's German name, probably changed when he came to America. I'm guessing "Schmidt" or something like it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2018 at 1:03am

I did a huge genealogy study of both sides of my family. Dad and I took trips all across the U.S. and Europe looking for town, farms, and houses of ancestors. I submitted my information to Ancestry.com, and hope that information will be in safekeeping for future generations. I did not keep up with my subscriptions although I gained tremendous help in sorting out confusions. It is easy to go down an incorrect fam9ly line, especially if the name is common. The Denoo line was a piece of cake, we seem to be all related.

The Denoo's of the Belgian Congo I am certain came from common ancestry. The name Denoo is not a common name in the world. Denoo's went to the Belgian Congo, returning with stories that were disgraceful, as far as I am concerned. They reported to me with pride about exploiting and manipulating the blacks of the Congo. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2018 at 12:09am

Loam, I am now using a
Naipo Back Massager Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion Full Back & Neck w/Heat Function (Refurbished)

that L&L got for me and I love it. It does not help my legs, but, from the neck through to my seat, I get a nice Shiatsu massage, rough as riding a wild bull, or gentle as sitting in my recliner massage!

I think L&L paid under $100.00 for it and it can be purchased new from several different sources at higher prices.   

Naipo Back Massager Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion Full Back & Ne...

Some evaluators stated that it was too rough; I found that if I put a quilt, blanket, or sheet over the Shiatsu mechanisms, I could tone the power to my liking. I also discovered that I preferred to do my neck at a different time than I do the upper region of my back. A little experimentation solves the problems. 

One company has a heavy pad that lays over the mechanisms to ease the intensity and I find I can figure out my own comfort needs. 

There are three controls for the neck, three for up and down the spine, and a separate control for the lumbar. 

I recline in my recliner, turn on whatever massager I want, and then fall promptly to sleep. It turns itself off. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 28, 2018 at 7:08pm

I've been going through the Territorial Seeds catalog.  They have a lot of stuff for Northwest gardeners among others.  They carry the variety "Minnesota Midget" which I grew before and got a couple of small melons.  I think I'll try again.  I can put them in raised beds with row cover for more warmth.

Today my back was enough better, I planted the last of the daffodils - only about 8 bulbs - and the last of the garlic - I had already dug the trench, just needed to plant it.  I noted a few of the rows of garlic I planted 3 weeks ago are growing nicely.  Freezing wont hurt them.

I also divided up some clumps of sets on Egyptian Walking Onions.  Those had fallen over and were already rooting.  I planted those in a raised bed that had housed chili peppers, which didn't do well this year.  They will give me lots of scallions even before i can start planting in late winter.  In the older bed of those onions, the scallions are about 6 inches tall now.  We may have some to harvest before the hard freeze.

That's all I did.  My body is not up for more gardening right now.  Maybe in a few more days, or a week.

Randy, when my parents died, I rescued their many boxes of family photos from oblivion.  They had obtained them from their parents' and other relatives estates.  It's a mess.  I've been organizing them with a file for each person, and scanning them all into a website where anyone, relative or not, can view them.  I also compiled the genealogy on ancestry.com and notifiecd any living relatives who I am aware of.  Soon that project will be done.  Since I don't have progeny, it's a question what will happen to the physical items.  Nobody wants them.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2018 at 7:45am

I think "sugar baby" is what my SIL grows. Seedy, but delicious. I barely eked out 3 cantaloupe from my own garden this summer.

Don't know why my Bs' didn't turn out. Usually, I have good luck. My whole garden was a hit or miss operation.

Daniel, do you do any genealogy on your family? If I inherited all the vocations my ancestors did, I'd be one complicated human! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 27, 2018 at 7:10am

Very nice picture of your grandparents, Loam.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 26, 2018 at 9:34pm

Jotham, I'm really impressed you got melons from store bought fruit saved seeds.  You must be a very talented gardener.


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