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It's become clear to me through posts and PMs that there are some gardeners here just waiting for the chance to discuss gardening!

So, I was thinking... how do you use gardening, or how does it affect you if you need a break, need some respite, need to relax, need inspiration....how do you use it as a therapy tool in caregiving?

What are your activities: Do you go out and pull weeds, read a magazine, design new beds? Look through garden catalogues? Go to garden stores?
And what interests have you added to your gardening? Visit estate or garden displays? Do you go to garden shows?

Does anyone design and plant Knot Gardens? Raised bed planters? Assistive gardens? Pollinator gardens (and have you thought of ways to help the bees and butterflies?)

Are your gardens primarily for pleasure or food, or a mix of both? Do you grow plants for medicinal purposes? Which ones, how do you harvest and process them? Any suggestions?

Do you grow plants that can be used in crafts, such as grapevines for wreaths and lavender for lavender wands? Do you make herbal products such as creams, lotions, chapstick?

What else can you share about gardening and the means in which it nurtures your soul?

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Good grief.

Is "poor individual" social media speak for FOMO fathead?
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Unfortunately eating a live slug was another of those idiotic internet dares that caused some nasty consequences to some poor individual (I can't remember exactly because I didn't read beyond the headline).
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Science News on Twitter:

"Don’t eat raw slugs or snails and wash your produce, the CDC advises."

Phew! Glad they warned me.
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Vodka infused watermelon 🍉 sounds pretty good - we have triple digit heat in the forecast next week
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My garden has done fairly well considering the amount of neglect this summer. I had three grandsons come over to work this afternoon. They picked a row of corn. Tore down stalks. Also turned some pumpkins and watermelons. Picked more tomatoes, cucumbers, cut 15 heads of cabbage. They also helped clean and cut stuff up. The loons are teaching the babies to fly. Weather will start changing around the 20th. Saw the first flock of Canadian geese headed south - they can take the poopy mess they make with them. Boys picked four watermelons and took home with them. Lots of laughing among the crowd. Talking about getting an over 21 cousin to get them some vodka so they could plug a couple of them. PJ gave them a lecture. I doubt it did any good. They’re 19 and 20 and while nice guys, I doubt they pay much attention to their grandfather. He called their dad’s and told them to be on the lookout.
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Sometimes you also have to sing to them.
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Tomatoes won't ripen unless you talk to them nicely, Cwillie.
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People here seek bragging rights on when they pick their earliest tomatoes, it's Aug 1 and my plants are loaded with little green tomatoes. I swear there was fruit on the stems a month ago, why won't they ripen??
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Horrified to learn that 'Gardener's Delight' tomatoes have had their RHS Award of Garden Merit rescinded. The judging panel notes sternly: "popular, with late, heavy crops; good flavour but trial plants were variable and fruit too large."

I've been picking them for my supper for a couple of weeks now from my three potted plants. I feel like the RHS is criticising my children.
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Finally got some rain and it has cooled off a little. Garden looks better. Watermelons are looking good.
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