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January 21, 2007



I made that same Belgian Witbier! It's been sitting in the bottles for 3 1/2 weeks now, and I sampled it for the first time on Saturday. Very good, it'll be hard to let it age for very long! I still have a porter kit waiting for me to find the time (and extra bottles) to brew again.

Your catalog "short list" sounds similar to mine. I didn't get my Johnny's this year, though!


You do have a lots of seed catalogues there. I still have the seed order to make out for the bedding plants this year. ~Bob~


Deb: I'm happy to hear the Witbier is good. I'm not quite sure about the Phat Tyre. We had a few sips on the day it was bottled, and it can only improve from there. Spouse is talking about doing more bottling in the next few weeks - yippee! I like being able to take advantage of someone elses hard work!

UKBob: Thanks for visiting, and thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who hasn't placed a seed order. I keep reading people's lists of seeds on their blogs and feeling anxious about being behind. Then I remember I live in the northern tundra and can't even start tomatoes until April.


Football on the TV, checking out seed catalogs. Me, too, to take my mind off the Colts/Patriots game. But the Colts came out on top, we are going to the SUPER BOWL!!

By the way, way back last fall you suggested Two Gardeners: A Friendship in letters as a book to read for the Garden Bloggers' Book Club. I chose it for February and have been reading it. It is a wonderful book. Thank you for suggesting it I had to go back through old posts and comments to determine it was you who suggested it first.. Thank you!


Home Brewed Beer and seed catalogs sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday.

Seedwise, this year I'm going with Burpees and Johnny's.

I always buy new seeds each year and get them started first. Then around June I see what I have left over from the previous year's seed orders and try to fill in the gaps in my garden.


Carol: Congrats on the Colts going to the Super Bowl. I know my husband is rooting for them all the way. However, I hate to say it, but I still haven't made up my mind if I'm going to root for the Colts or the Bears. The Colts have Tony Dungy, a Univ. of MN graduate, but the Bears are from our division. So, we'll see . . . . As for Two Gardeners, I'm glad you're enjoying it. I haven't started it yet, but I had heard such good things about it that I knew I wanted to read it.

Anthony: I'll probably be buying all new seeds, too. There are some things, like tomatoes, that you just can't gamble on whether or not they'll germinate.


Hope the beer is good. Should appeal to brother-in-law's (brother's-in-law?) frugal gourmet tendencies.


Cricket - I think its "brother's-in-law." He's actually going back out today - Sunday, 4/4 - when it's -8 at 11:30 am - to get another kit to brew before the big game. It's actually not a *lot* cheaper than buying the beer. I think he figured that a 12-pack of homebrew costs about the same as a 12-pack of something like Leinie's or Schell's. In other words, not as cheap as Old Milwaukee, but not as expensive as Heineken.

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