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Name: CJ
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Aug 18, 2011 7:23 PM CST
You know you are from the MidWest when...

Come July, everyone you know is offering you zucchini and tomatoes FREE.
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Aug 19, 2011 3:12 PM CST
You know you are from the Midwest when...

Come mid July, you walk out to your car in the parking lot and find zucchini in it Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 2, 2011 5:54 AM CST
You turn your air conditioner off one day and the furnace on the next,
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 4, 2011 6:20 PM CST
You have 2 season's "Winter" and "Road Construction"
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: leaflady
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leaflady
Sep 9, 2011 7:30 PM CST
In the MidWest:

You can plant most plants all but 4 or 5 months of the year if you are
careful and diligent.

Foods from almost every culture in the country and maybe the world can
be found in most towns with more than one convenience store and family.
We are the breadbasket of the country.

We seem to be the last part of the nation to see the newest clothes
and shoe fashions. As a result we seem to be a long way behind
because we're still wearing the styles of last years or the year before.
We older folks don't take to change well.

GOD bless and keep each of you.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 9, 2011 7:57 PM CST
I agree
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Sep 11, 2011 9:19 AM CST
Well said leaflady.

IMO The coasts can keep much of the "latest fashion", especially crazy shoes that would make my feet hurt Blinking .
Name: Jan
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philljm
Sep 11, 2011 11:29 AM CST
You know you are from the midwest when the mosquito are larger than some birds. In fact, I would swear they are the state bird of Wisconsin!
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Sep 11, 2011 12:56 PM CST
I have heard that the mosquito should be the state bird of Minnesota too...it's all those darn lakes!
Name: CJ
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 11, 2011 2:14 PM CST
Somewhere in my junk drawer is a little metal spring trap about a 1/2 to 1 inch big, The package says "mosquito trap". Keep those cirtters up further north, OK?
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 13, 2011 2:33 PM CST
Well dont grow any lakes CJ and you should be good -- although you have had some rain lately so maybe they will move down to your area soon! Shrug!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Oh no! I don't need mosquitos passing thru me to get to CJ!!

You know you are from the Midwest when your Fall outdoor decor are hedge balls along the edge of the garden.

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Name: CJ
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Oct 18, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Your garden looks ready for winter already - you are so ahead of me on that one sally.
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Oct 18, 2011 11:38 AM CST
I sure am CJ. That was last year, LOL, but there are new hedgeballs out there now. The Grandsons and I just picked up a bunch Saturday :o)

So far, I do have most everything cut down in the beds. I haven't done the liatris yet because the finches really like to eat them, and the neighbor's cats still sleep under the baptisia.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Oct 27, 2015 12:23 PM CST
I got a kick out of these, but have nothing new to add. When I am bored, I look for old threads to bump. :)

Still waiting for the killing freeze to occur... I'm having to water things that should be going dormant. We have a new neighbor, but some in the family do not like it here... a possum has taken up residence under the front porch. I hope to get a picture, I think they're cute. Most that I see are roadkill. Sad
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Oct 27, 2015 2:12 PM CST
Still haven't had killing freeze or even frost in my yard. Lowest temp has been 35. Very dry - about 1/2" of rain for the whole month. Leaves are wilting on shrubs like crazy. Hoping for a good rain today but won't hold my breath - it keeps fading away before we get more than a few sprinkles.
Name: Patti
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 6b)
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Tuckersmom
Oct 27, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Chillybean said:I got a kick out of these, but have nothing new to add. When I am bored, I look for old threads to bump. :)

Still waiting for the killing freeze to occur... I'm having to water things that should be going dormant. We have a new neighbor, but some in the family do not like it here... a possum has taken up residence under the front porch. I hope to get a picture, I think they're cute. Most that I see are roadkill. Sad


I was told today that they are good for keeping mice away. I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounds good.

No rain in Wichita either. Sad They're saying maybe Friday. My fingers are crossed. I am sick of watering too.
“In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don’t wobble.”
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Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Dec 17, 2015 7:20 AM CST
MY FRIENDS!!

I found you right off!!!

It's a bump, but now I know you're here :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Patti
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 6b)
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Tuckersmom
Dec 17, 2015 10:13 AM CST
Welcome! So glad you're here!
“In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don’t wobble.”
– Zen saying
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Dec 17, 2015 10:13 AM CST
Tuckersmom said:

I was told today that they are good for keeping mice away. I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounds good.

No rain in Wichita either. Sad They're saying maybe Friday. My fingers are crossed. I am sick of watering too.


Updating about our possum, it ended up being two, a mom and a young one. We only would see them when we came home in the evening, but then it dropped down to one. We think it was Mr. Great Horn. I would leave out a piece of fruit and it was eaten. In the snow, I saw its tracks. Well, Mr. Great Horn came back along with his lady, waking me up with their calling from our trees. Since then, I've not seen any signs of a possum. :(

We also have short-tailed shrews, but haven't seen a live one yet. They were attracted to peanut butter on a mouse trap. Bummer... For the time being, the mouse traps were put away until we see signs of mice actually causing damage or getting feed in one of our sheds. We had put the traps out as a preventative measure.

Welcome, Sally. Welcome! As you know, I am still at the other place. The appearance of the changes was drastic, but I am trying to get used to it. I sure hope they have fixed a couple of the more annoying bugs.

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