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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 Loam Gnome on September 23, 2018 at 2:42pm

Patricia, science has aways fascinated me.  I still read science topics, although not rigourously.

Ning gardens some but is not obsessed like I am.  Mostly he takes care of his chickens and ducks.

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 Loam Gnome on September 23, 2018 at 9:05am

Sorry for typos.  Typing on tablet at airport.

URL links for garlic varieties:

growing great garlic

groworganic .com

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 23, 2018 at 8:49am

Joan, I echo Randy's congrats!

You accomplished a lifetime of acheivements at that house.  I thi k you can regard that as a world of "Job well done".  I hope the new owners will feel that history as well as make it their own.  Meanwhile, you continue to be a wealth experience, study, and example for your family.  They may not always show aporeciation, but that example and your nurturing live on in them.

Thanks Randy.  What I saw was pretty amaxing.  The know the exact DNA mutation, the function and shape of the receptor molecule coded by that DNA, and the way the mefication fits into that molecule like a key in a lock.  It's kind of stunning.  To use the garden metaphor, like weeds, those cells can still adapt  spread, and grow, but a diligent gardener knows how to hoe and pull out those weeds.    I'm very happy and always grateful for amazing good fortune, and living in a time when science has discovered so much, and to have studied science myself.

Ning texted me the garlic starts came from territorial seeds.  He thinks Im crazy to buy them like that, when grocery store starts can grow.  I want to continue the experiment with new varieties, see what grows best, stores best, cooks and tastes best, for me.  This time I will try the hardnecks " Music" and Spanish Roja" as well as replant saved heads, most likely "Inchelium Red" and/or "German Red".  Those might be mixec up in the box, but thats OK as long as they grow and are good.

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 Loam Gnome on September 22, 2018 at 7:07pm

Today I was at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, for a patient and research summit on the uncommon cancer that I am treated for.  That makes it difficult to post about my garden.  My time here is limited, but here is a kind of garden I walked through.  They've replanted about a city block size park with native prairie, with nice winding walks and a border of lawn so thd walk remains clear, or so it looks nice.  There were no bison or other native animals, but it was still nice to visit and meander through.  I stopped and thought about what this area must have looked like, a century or two ago.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 21, 2018 at 10:13am

Joan, they ate my strawberry plants too.  Other plants in my deer's favorite location, that they dont touch:  Rabbit ears (Stachys byzantia), German iris, Siberian iris, Rudbeckia, peonies, Crocosmia, cosmos, violets,  mints, borage, lemon balm, potatoes, chives, garlic chives, oriental poppies.  The ate bachelors buttons at first, but stopped.

Randy, this is more than enough squash for us.  I still have some cooked squash puree in freezer from last year.  What do you do with yours?


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