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Post  boffer on 5/5/2010, 2:43 am

Tim Wardell was visiting a friend in state and found time to come by for a visit. He looks just like his picture, but I'm wondering if he hasn't put on a few pounds since it was taken! Wink Very little accent, and just as positive and friendly as his posts.

It was the first time anybody who appreciates sfg has seen my boxes. I don't know if I convinced him to try a table top box. He takes his tomato growing seriously! It must be nice to consistently have good tomato growing weather. I offered to ship him some of the excess compost that I have this year, but he declined! We had a great time-I just wish it had been in late July when there would have been a whole lot more to see.

We've had some crummy weather while he's been in state, but this picture proves he did see some sun-for about 30 minutes inbetween rain bursts!


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Cool picture!

Post  LindainWarwickNY on 5/5/2010, 3:30 am

Thanks for sharing with us! You both look great in the photo. I love your raised beds! The weather has been real rainy back here lately, too! That's why husband and I finally realized we better hurry it up and get busy back here on the days when we can, or the season will pass us by!

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  timwardell on 5/5/2010, 10:22 am

Okay... so maybe I've added a few pounds, but not being able to go to the gym for three months while recovering from eye surgery to repair a torn retina will do that. However, the lack of sunshine here in Washington state has stunted my growth and I'm confident that if I stay a few more days I'll soon be back to my old weight. Very Happy

boffer was a generous host and what could have been "just a look at his garden" turned into a wonderful 3 hour visit! His TT's do look great and I may well consider adding one to my set up in the future. boffer is also a very skilled and creative craftsman and has made some unique customized trellises with his trusty welding skills as well as a mechanical compost sifter! I took several pics of my own and will post them upon my return to Dallas (where we have sunshine). sunny

I hope that in future travels I can connect with other SFG'ers I've met on the forum. It's interesting and educational to SEE what others are doing and learn why they're doing it that way and what the various constraints of their climate are. 2 gardeners are seldom at a loss for conversation. Very Happy

If any of you others here on the Forum have the chance to visit another's SFG - I highly recommend it.

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  Lavender Debs on 5/5/2010, 10:44 am

Are you sure it isn't just the layers of clothing required to function in the PNW Tim? There is a reason we put on socks even on sandal days.

We went for an urban hike along the Snohomish River, took one of the dogs and a kayak because my youngest wanted to place a 5-star GEO-cache on a wreck. Today he is looking for decongestant. But it's what we do, we cannot wait for hot weather.

You know you are either getting older or are from out of town when you start dressing for the weather instead of the season in the PNW. Northwest weather is also why we do not understand the charms of a tomato meant to be green when fully ripe.....we think all of them are supposed to be green at harvest.

Deborah.....seriously wishing I could have been there even if just to meet the woman who takes boffers pics!

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  boffer on 5/5/2010, 1:32 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote: Northwest weather is also why we do not understand the charms of a tomato meant to be green when fully ripe.....we think all of them are supposed to be green at harvest.

You probably don't want to quote yourself, but that is definitely worthy of being your quote of the moment!

I will say there was one disappointing moment when Tim was here. I've come up with another virtue of TT sfg, and Tim didn't want to take a picture for me to demonstrate it. I was going to actually get on the ground on my hands and knees to thin carrots in my cold frame. I was going to enhance the 'plumber's butt' look for the picture. Then, I was going to Photoshop a red circle with a diagonal slash on top of the pic. (TT advantage No. 11: no plumber's butt!)

Alas, Tim wouldn't volunteer to participate in my debauchery!

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/5/2010, 1:40 pm

THANK YOU TIM

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  boffer on 5/5/2010, 1:41 pm

rofl

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  peanutgallery on 5/6/2010, 1:52 am

If I may chime in here; Visiting you Boffer was fun and enlightening. I can see the advantage of table top gardening. I'll have you know that it was after you mentioned the 'plumbers butt' photo that my camera stopped working and it's still broken!
~Karen

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  boffer on 5/6/2010, 9:45 am

Yep, just talking about taking my picture breaks cameras!

Everybody, meet Tim's friend Karen. She hadn't heard of sfg till Tim showed up, so it might take a while to make her a convert. But I've got a secret plan: she's going to come visit again to use some shop tools she doesn't have-so she'll see the veggies progress, and then when she tastes some....(imagine an emoticon of a fish on the end of a fishing line here Wink

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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  timwardell on 5/6/2010, 11:45 am

Kilroy was a TT SFG'er.


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Post  timwardell on 5/6/2010, 11:48 am

I'll be getting back on the plane in a few hours to head back to Texas. Since visiting boffer I've had a chance to reflect on his obsession with table top SFG's and I think I understand it now. Since he gets so little sunshine living in Washington he has to get his plants as close to the sun as he possibly can - the few days of the year the sun actually shines. If he put his SFG in the ground the veggies would drown and freeze. Very Happy

Like they say, it's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to garden here.
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Re: Texas visits Washington!

Post  boffer on 5/6/2010, 12:14 pm

funny post

Duly noted: TT advantage No. 12: It gets veggies closer to the sun!

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Hee hee! You guys!

Post  LindainWarwickNY on 5/6/2010, 12:17 pm

It isn't always that rainy there. I know, I used to live in Oregon! Lately, we've had a lot of rain in NY. I was going to go out and paint the outside of my new boxes, but not sure if it is going to rain or not. Looks kind of iffy.

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Post  peanutgallery on 5/6/2010, 12:30 pm

Thanks NY for defending the Beautiful NW!

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You're welcome!

Post  LindainWarwickNY on 5/7/2010, 3:27 am

Anytime!

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