Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 3:14pm

Almost like finding treasure!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2017 at 2:59pm

Crazy ducks.  Do your duck eggs taste like chicken eggs?

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2017 at 2:54pm

Ning's Indian Runner Ducks are laying eggs now. Well, two of them are. The other one turned out to be male. They have a plastic wading pond that they like to swim in. They scoop up dirt from their yard, then wash it in the pond. I guess that's to eat the bugs and worms in the soil. That results in very muddy water that we clean out weekly. Ning discovered yesterday, they have been laying their eggs in the water, and then the eggs sink in the mud, where they lay hidden. Bird brain ducks! Now we know.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 25, 2017 at 8:35am

I agree with Patricia.  It doesn't feel like anyone here is bragging or boasting.  I may at times sound like I'm bragging.  If I do, it's just because, like Daniel, my failures are about 80%, so when a success comes along, I like to "brag" a little.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2017 at 6:56am

Thanks for the feedback, y'all. With your encouragement, I'll mention a few "garden updates".
Daniel asked about my persimmons. They are ripening prematurely due to this stretch of 90 degree days. It appears I have two varieties. One tree is small with huge fruits--the other, opposite. It's a mystery to me.

I pick a quart of red raspberries every day, filling my freezer with what I don't eat 3 times a day.
My pear tree is loaded and dropping its fruit prematurely. Too green to eat yet.

The only things left in my garden are some root veggies (beets, sweet potatoes, carrots) and a little chard and kale. Most of my planted tomato plants died. But I have some "volunteer" cherry tomatoes aplenty.
In summary, things are winding down. I've cleaned up about half my garden. Time for it to rest.

Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2017 at 9:15pm

They look like fancy vases, Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 9:12pm

Some figs from the yard, just harvested now.

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 8:45pm

These gourds were grown in 2016, and brought into the house to dry out.  At first, they got kind of gross looking with some mold, but then they dried out and became very light and hollow.  Now I'm sanding them with #220 sandpaper, and giving a coat of polyurethane.  Don't ask why, I just thought it was interesting.  The colors and patterns are like granite, or wood.  Kind of fun.  I used oil based polyurethane, because I didn't know if the water in water-based would soak into the dried gourds.  Satin finish, I don't like too shiny.  Now I want to grow more next year.

Trees I planted Spring 2016.  These are naturally occurring hybrids of Nootka cypress with Monterey Cypress.  They grow fast!  They only came up to my belt when I planted them last year.  We wanted a fast growing privacy screen at the forest edge, and I think these will do the job.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 24, 2017 at 5:06pm

... a gem from our friend Thomas Edison on failing...

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. " Thomas A. Edison

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 3:57pm

Randy, I don't think you are boasting at all!  You are just talking about what you enjoy.  I sure enjoy reading about your efforts, successes, inspirations!  How are your persimmons doing?

I also hope my blathering doesnt seem like bragging either.  I just go on and on about it, because I dont have other friends to talk about it with, and it's my favorite thing. 

Today so far I wore myself out.  Two more leaning trees are now cut up for firewood.  Two more to go.  Will be so glad that's done.  Worked on that all Summer, after clearing blackberry brambles there for 2 years.  I did move that little chestnut tree.  Not sure it will make it, but at least I tried. 

I have many more failures than successes.  That's OK, I figure if I fail 80% of the time, that remaining 20% is what I remember.


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