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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Daniel W on October 19, 2017 at 10:10pm

I hope Randy is safely on his way  and enjoying the trip so far.  May not be there yet.

Joan, I used to use a lathe, 40 years ago.  I still have it, but no motor for it.  I would enjoy seeing things you made.  I've been setting aside the wood types and shapes that I think would be interesting and colorful, in case I decide to do that.  I used to make round boxes with lids, eggs, goblets to hold the eggs, and plates and bowls.  Like you, I also made stool legs.   Not sure I will do that yet, but would be a creative outlet.

Patricia, I agree they are beautiful.  But more destructive than an invasion of locusts, regularly.  My biggest garden expense is fencing, and it doesn't always work.  I think they are multiplying beyond the land's capacity to nourish them, and there may be starvation this winter.

npr says that most of the country - the Southern part - will have a warmer than usual winter.   But, Pacific NW and some other more Northern areas will be colder than usual.  Most of our group should expect wetter than normal, but for me it could be drier than normal.   I plan to collect neighborhood leaves again for mulch, usually get a few truckloads.

This week I planted 6 rows of garlic.  3 rows were from this year's German garlic, and 4 rows from some Duganski garlicthat I ordered from Territorial seeds.  I also got another variety, Blanak, from them, but all of the cloves were shriveled and a few were moldy.  One bulb of the Duganski was also bad.  I hope I didn't just introduce disease into my garden.  I'm thinking it was just due to storage.  If I'm up to it this weekend, maybe I'll plant the Blanak in a raised bed that doesn't get onion or garlic varieties, so if it is diseased, it should not spread.

Where's Spud?

Thomas, how's your apple tree doing?

Comment by Patricia on October 18, 2017 at 12:47am

Beautiful deer.....we get many in our yard too, year round.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2017 at 11:58pm

Randy, I hope you have a very special time in China. I look forward to your report when you return. 

Daniel, do you have a lathe? You have a beautiful assortment of wood species: cascara, cherry, maple, and pine. If anyone can get trees at risk to grow into healthy trees, it is you, Daniel. 

I loved woodturning as a kid and made lots of things, i.e. bowls, gavels, stool legs, stuff like that. Dad taught me how to sharpen chisels; I never did get the hang of sharpening saws.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2017 at 11:26pm

Randy, I respect your comment, "I'm in Daniel's corner when it comes to sticking with non-controversial topics. I've dropped out of several groups for that reason."

I promised Daniel and I promise you I will keep my rants away from Godless in the Garden. 

I will continue to make my rants in Politics, Economics, and Religion. You know where to find me and my latest focus. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2017 at 10:38pm

Voles, it is, Randy and Daniel. I went hunting for vole holes such as the ones Daniel directed me toward and I found dozens of those kinds of holes. I have not sighted a vole, yet, but it may be a vole that Dominic brought in the other night. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2017 at 10:04pm

10 feet from the front door! 

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2017 at 1:00pm

Have a great trip Randy!

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2017 at 12:38pm

Kathy, I remember that hydrangea.  Beautiful flowers!

Randy, have tons of fun!  It's great to go out for Chinese food sometimes :-)  You will be missed!

Kathy, I don't know what that wasp might be.  There are so many species.   They make me nervous.  I had a childhood incident that must have left a psychological impression :-)

Joan, thanks for the additional information about Cascara.   I think I won't try to commercialize my trees :-)  I also read they can be used for wood turning projects.  That might be my next thing to try, so I am thinking about that as I pile up firewood to dry.  There is cascara in there, cherry, maple, and pine as well as unidentified types.

Randy, you are right about missing some color from trees.  Our maple just became very nice.  I think about the tree losses - chestnut, elm, ash, and wonder what we will have left.  Well, we keep trying.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 17, 2017 at 11:36am
Randy, enjoy yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 17, 2017 at 6:55am

Kathy, I have those wasps (bees?), too. Unfortunately, I can't tell you their name. I've heard they don't sting, however.

Thomas, that's one neat apple tree!

Just as I'm about to leave (for China), trees are about to turn autumn colors. They'll be gone by the time I return. Anyway, with all the ash trees dead from the ash borer, colors aren't as vivid anymore. Wonder if leaves are turning in Beijing?

See you in 3 weeks!  I'll miss you all.

 

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