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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2018 at 7:27am

Thanks for the condolences, Joan and Daniel.

I'm involved in the decision making (since it's my land), and it isn't easy. I'm a co-signer on loans and fear the worst. Our dreams have turned to nightmares. But, as the kids said in their newsletter, we're adjusting and refocusing, cutting back and streamlining. Getting through the winter will be difficult for them. It IS difficult to be optimistic.

I'm reading Wendell Berry at the moment. Ever hear of him? He's "the voice" for agrarian living. I'm tempted to write to him for words of encouragement. His essays are full of doom and gloom, however, for the small farmer. But, he's wise and thoughtful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2018 at 4:10pm

@Randall, I just read the news from Silverthorn Farm! Emily and Nate's sorrow clearly came through in their message. They will undoubtedly have many comments about what they "shoulda, coulda, woulda" done differently and I have nothing helpful to offer. 

Organic farming offers so many benefits that the general population does not realize. I watch the videos on CSA and organic growing a big part of each day. There is one fellow that seems to be making it in this difficult market. He farms in Canada and I like him because he deals with cold, windy weather, as do I, and he uses seeds that do well in that latitude.

Curtis Stone

How are you doing with this situation? 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 24, 2018 at 6:56am

Interesting about the garlic. Mine comes up as volunteers--what I miss in harvesting each year. They're small, so I'm considering starting new with sizable bulbs. Your information is helpful.

I was a science teacher for many years, so you know I'm a big fan, especially "earth sciences".

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2018 at 1:14pm

Good news, Joan. Enjoy your day together.

Science has kept many of us here, Loam. Its marvelous!

Does Ning garden too?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 23, 2018 at 7:20am

Daniel, hope you got some good information regarding your cancer treatment. Coincidentally, my dentist took his wife to the same Center sometime this weekend. Never heard of the place until you and my hygienist daughter mentioned it.

Joan, congrats on your house being sold. Bitter sweet feeling, I'm guessing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2018 at 3:57am

Loam, a very nice idea for a prairie garden. I can imagine that it is a nice meditative garden. 

My home sold! We will have our last family gathering there today, Sunday, to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the new. 

Comment by Patricia on September 22, 2018 at 7:24pm

What a nice view to have for your time there.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 21, 2018 at 7:01am

Daniel, your squash photo could have come from me. For some reason, I didn't plant my favorite acorn squash this year. However, my SIL has plenty. I did get some Delicata--another fave.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2018 at 3:59am

Loam, I like your information of what deer eat and don't eat in your recent planting helps me know what to add to my seed and bulb order for next spring. 

Deer eat the Spanish bluebells, four o'clock, and muscari;

not daffodils, peonies, or echinacea.

Two deer came to eat on the terraces this afternoon; we watched quietly until they finished. They didn't touch the peony leaves, the gaillardia, echinacea, salvia; they ate strawberry leaves (there are no strawberries). We will have to protect the strawberries next spring. 

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2018 at 9:59pm

I love a good pumpkin pie!

 

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