Godless in the garden


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Comment by kathy: ky on February 21, 2017 at 9:33am
Chris, I've always preferred town. But I was fortunate to have lived in places with very large yards in quiet neighborhoods.
I had a small garden that produced well. And a strawberry patch that was also productive. I had even planted a blackberry patch and two peach trees but moved before they became mature.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 21, 2017 at 9:23am
Daniel, the persimmon trees here are small. Not much larger than a dwarf peach tree.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2017 at 7:03am

Thanks, all, for the suggestions on what to do with my "bare patch". A greenhouse would be nice, but my kids have 6 of them with all the winter greens I need. The shed in the picture is my wood shed (I built). It used to be the site of a hen house, but I have never wanted animals--chickens or goats, etc.

I'm thinking trees, perhaps 4 of them--fruit and nut. You've got me thinking chestnut. I need a new apple tree and a plum. I don't have an English walnut either.

I've already hauled 30 wheelbarrow loads of dirt with about 10 more to go, I think. I'm getting the dirt from a huge berm mound across the road. It can't be mowed and is/was an eyesore. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 20, 2017 at 8:17pm
I bought a large bag of fresh pecans one time. They well dried up on the inside. Until then I don't think I knew nuts in the shell could go stale.
Comment by Plinius on February 20, 2017 at 1:42am

Kathy, I´m a town person, and the neighbours are mostly easy here. If the apartments are reasonably sound proof there´s a certain rhythm and comfort hearing the neighbours move about , knowing I can ask them if I need help. They´ll ask for help too. Most of the time this block feels like a small village.

Then again, I could never afford driving lessons or a car, so I can´t move to a place without public transport.   

Comment by kathy: ky on February 19, 2017 at 11:56pm
Chris, Spud, I often want to move back to town. But, then I think, neighbors!
Life seems to be a series of trade offs. For all the quiet and land there's a sixteen mile (round trip)
drive to town. We are also the last to get power restored during an outage. Sometimes days during the ice storm about eight years ago power was out for thirteen days. And during snow storms the roads aren't cleared for at least 24 hours.
Trade offs.

Randy, the only suggestion I have is to rest up ;)
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 19, 2017 at 12:46pm

Nice place , Randall.

Your shed in the back would make a nice chicken coop or small barn for a couple of goats. I've thought about getting a couple of alpine goats, male and female. However, some goats can produce two gallons of milk per day, which I wouldn't know what to do with all that milk except give em to my neighbors.

As for your round area, how abt building a small green house with solar panels? That way you can have year round vegetables. .... and a small windmill can generate energy too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 19, 2017 at 10:30am

Like Plinius, I'm also a little Jealous of the land and locations most of you have, but I'm also glad you have it.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2017 at 9:06am

Look at that! All that space and not a car in sight!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 19, 2017 at 8:19am

With this nice weather we're having, I began tackling a backyard project I've been pondering for awhile. Here's a photo taken this AM.  At one time, this spot had a semi-sunken above ground swimming pool with a deck. After the kids were gone, I took it down and made a pond. That lasted  10 years. I buried rocks and filled it with dirt (which has since sunk), and tried to make some sort of wild garden out of it. It became too wild.                           I'm now adding more dirt (after burning it down) by the wheelbarrow loads. The question is, NOW WHAT?! Any suggestions?


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