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My seedlings are coming along beautifully (knock wood) and I'm putting about 50 more to work this weekend.  The spring/summer garden is planned very ambitiously this year, with lots of containers and raised beds and trellises of various sorts.  There will be tomatoes, eggplants, green beans (and purple) cucumbers, chard, kale, lettuces, carrots, onions, potatoes, sunflowers, zucchini, lots of herbs.  The peach tree has been producing well each summer and the kumquat tree now, too.  We hope to see a few olives this year, maybe.  And I'll be starting artichoke plants and asparagus this year, too, but they don't produce right off.  Haven't had much luck with grapes in Austin.  I think I may have to use some screen cloth for protection from birds this year, too, our neighborhood has so many.

I'm so excited about it, and if at all successful, I'll post some photos.  I envy you the size and location of your gorgeous garden.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 11:29:02 PM EST
Do you know Sally and David Hamilton? They're probably starting their sets about now, too. In fact - do you know any of the old Rag staff folks? former sdsers? Ever heard about Milo Minderbinder Memorial Co-op?

I never had much of a garden in Austin - no time and no space. Used to pick pecans off of the sidewalk over about 26th and Nueces up to about 29th. Grapefruit and oranges via truck vendors straight from the Valley; watermelons south of the river, going toward Barton Springs.

Figs were a problem in that the bugs always got most of them about as soon as they turned.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 11:37:45 PM EST
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Hey, Paul.  I've been in Austin about 11 years now, but work on the road during the week.  My only social life in Austin is a screenwriters' group and the Austin Film Festival along with some politicking.  We belonged to the Oasis Gardens community farm for awhile but do our own gardening now in the yard, the front yard, mostly, because that's where the sunshine is.  We live in that 50's neighborhood called Windsor Park (!) north of 51st street, which has good soil as it was a cow pasture until the mid-50's.  We've composted and enriched the soil in all our raised beds.  There are 3 pecan trees in the yard, so that takes care of those needs.

I'll have to look up that Minderbinder Co-op, sounds intriguing.  I'm tickled to learn you were in Austin.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 08:31:55 AM EST
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Hmmm... didn't know you were also in the movie biz ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 10:38:41 AM EST
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Hah!  There's no "also" about it, Sven; unlike you, I'm just a wannabe.  But thanks for the sense of camaraderie.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 06:52:54 PM EST
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Well I'm a bit player in a country with Minnesota's population ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 02:03:39 AM EST
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Sally Hamilton is in the film "industry", too. She is usually involved in set design and costume procurement, as I understand it.

What kind of politics? You may have seen several thousand signs around Austin that say something to the effect of "get out of Iraq". David and Sally started that project. They, and some of our old friends, are involved in MDS - Movement for a Democratic Society - which is a nascent senior-services adjunct to a resurgent (maybe) sds. Let me know if you want an introduction.

As to Milo, you won't find anything but historical anecdotes. Wheatfield Co-op may have some spiritual connection, but is not a direct descendant.

If you're "tickled", then you have definitely absorbed the Texas vernacular. Next time somebody asks you how you're doing, you should say, "Fine as frog's hair, split four ways".

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 10:40:45 AM EST
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Liberal/progressive politics, of course!  I'll bet I've come across the Hamiltons at one time or another, we cross interests too often not to have met.  My daughter is devoted to Wheatsville Co-op.  
I have a lot of really nice clothes that I want to donate somewhere, some very expensive and OLD, that I thought might be best for someone who maintains a costume or wardrobe collection for films and plays.  Maybe Sally could use them.  If so, help us get in touch, that would be slicker than snot on a doorknob.  (not my saying, that's from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.)

Thanks, Paul

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 06:50:31 PM EST
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so we'll have to communicate herein. First off, back in the day, there was an old one-pump gas station, one soda-pop-cooler 'store' near the Chicken Ranch that sold about the best BBQ brisket that you can imagine. Rusty, old smoker out back, hand-built from 55-gallon drums or some such.

In any case - quicker than a duck on a june bug -  e-mail me at   spencerinthegorge@yahoo.com   and I will get you in contact with David and Sally.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 07:25:45 PM EST
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