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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
I have a step counter that gave me, and I have never used it. Do you slip it on your belt, or shoe, or where? I do a lot of stepping, but not nearly as much as you and Spud, spreading your chips.
We continue to cut slash out of the forest and send it away to a recycling center. I can't use chips because of the fire hazard. I top the spread compost with sand as a fire prevention method. Learning about fire science is common here, all the schools teach it. Two of my great-grandchildren are enrolled now and they get assignments in fire prevention.
Randy, did I tell you that the one sweet potato I planted in the greenhouse resulted in a beautiful vine that climbed the greenhouse wall, dipped into the pool and made a lovely water vine. When I dug up the sweet potato, it was hollow. The only thing left was the skin.
I know we have moles in the pasture, and I thought we protected the greenhouse from invasion by such critters coming in from below ground level.
The three toads that lived in the greenhouse through the spring and summer seem to have gone to other homes. I enjoyed seeing them, especially as they burrowed underground. Next spring, I will have the kids bring me a couple of toads from the marshy area on the acreage.
Daniel, I understand your reluctance to get involved in a conflict. I honor your feelings and will keep my rants to other sites. I will not allow any of my stuff to get to you; if you want to read about my ravings, you know how to get them.
I respect and admire you for your ability to send positive comments to us. I pledge to do the same; but not on my rant pages.
Thank you for your beautiful photos you share with us. That turnip looks like a snack for a group, cut into wedges, bake.
Roasted Turnips With Ginger
Peel and slice turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.
My best memories of turnips were as a child in the garden with my Dad. We chose a turnip to pick, he cleaned his pocket knife on the back of his pants and cut the vegetable into wedges. We had a salt shaker at the ready and snacked away.
Kathy, I'm often tempted to buy and wear an "atheist" t-shirt, but have yet to succumb. Advertising my disbelief, or poking fun at Christians (like in your slogan), is just not something that makes me proud. So my vote is thumbs down.
As for my sweet potatoes, this variety--and don't ask me what it is--has been excellent is several ways. The tubers don't branch out making it easier to dig. The potatoes are fairly uniform in size. In the past, I've had "footballs"! And either the voles haven't discovered them, or they don't taste good. Usually a third of my crop is eaten by voles.
Daniel, what a great idea, labeling where you planted things in a photo. I'm going to try that. Don't yet know how to put words on a photo, but will try to figure it out.
Kathy, too bad about your rain troubles.
Bertold, you're right. It's just a humorous mistake.
Daniel, I can understand you being pleased with your tree chip bonanza. I sure am with my piles. I've not spread them all yet, but I have enough to cover everything and last for many years.
Randy, that is indeed a gorgeous bunch of sweet potatoes!
If I were to visit China, my preferred places to visit would be close to yours. I don't think I would visit any temples. The older I get, the more supernatural BS irritates me and makes me sad.
Joan and Daniel: True--I'm looking forward to seeing greenery in parks, gardens, fields, etc., while in China. Most of my "free time" will be spent walking through parks. Museums and temples are important, but really not my cup of tea. I'm just a "nature boy" at heart. (One of my favorite songs, by the way.)
Started digging up sweet potatoes yest. Here's a gorgeous bunch from one hill!
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