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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:16am

I wish I had your energy, Daniel, and Kathy. I continue on my slug phase and don't seem to be recovering

I am at L&L Paradise Acres for a week, had a lovely walk with Dominic around the perimeter of the house clearing. The bird sounds sang us along our way. 

Larry fixed the turkey for Thanksgiving, and the rest of the meal was a team effort. We had turkey soup for lunch and turkey gravy over dressing and rolls tonight, with my pickled beets and onions. 

While I prepared dinner tonight, Brooklyn, my two-year-old great-granddaughter placed the step stool where she wanted to watch me make dinner. I gave her a small taste of pickled beets; she shuddered, then smiled and wanted more. She ate several more beets and onions and seemed unwilling to share them. She is my pickle-puss-girl. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 26, 2016 at 7:25pm
We were getting a lot of green and pink eggs but no longer. One of the black hens had to be're-homed' because she wouldn't stop nesting. And when she while she nested she started eating eggs. And just pecking into others.

I finished with the pruning and transplanted a couple things. Cut around a small shrub that has to be moved. If we ever get enough rain.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 21, 2016 at 3:49pm
More pruning today. The asters were out of control this year. I thinned them out to. They had pretty blooms but not as many as usual because of the dry fall.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 11:53am

Daniel, thanks for pointing to  "A Way to Garden" site.  I've read quite a few interesting articles, and intend to read all of them.

The one that interested me the most was the one about street lights harming trees.   She said that powerful street lights made trees think that it was not time to collect the nutrients from the leaves, but kept them green and growing.  The leaves would then freeze before the tree could save the nutrients.  She didn't think it would hurt healthy trees, but ones that were already under stress could be harmed.  

My extension agent said the lights are not bright enough to cause harm, but that article had a picture that supports her contention that it does:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2016 at 12:40am

Oh good! I am glad you tried and liked the turnip recipes. I would imagine Ning would have had turnips in China, they are so very nourishing, if they can be tamed. 

The sunchokes sounded good. I will get some for next year's gardens. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

Daniel, let me know if you like any of the turnip recipes. I think we ate so many because I was little at the end of the Depression, we were poor, turnips were easy to grow, and we had some Irish ancestry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 7:42pm

Daniel, thanks for the Dave Mallett melody. I thought it was an ancient Irish tune. Mallett wrote it and it turns up in many folk singers songs. I hear the echo of John Denver's voice in his songs. 

Your description of planting trees from Conservation sources fits my experience, jump on a shovel forcing it into the ground, push the shovel handle away from you and insert the tree root, stomp on the mound and move to the next place for a thrust of the shovel. We did whole hillsides that way. 

I suspect you spell check intervened in your "conversation". I have to check mine all the time or a crazy word sits inside a sentence in which it makes no sense. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2016 at 12:58pm

I like the garden song, except where he asks someone to bless these seeds and prays.

I have a DVD where John Denver sings the song while the garden plants are  animated.  It's on the Muppet Show.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 19, 2016 at 7:56am

Getting my garden "winterized" by spreading compost, pine needles, and leaves all over. Since the soil is highly alkaline, needles add acid. Little wonder I can't seem to grow blueberry bushes. I don't really have an erosion problem, but the leaf covering does protect the soil. Earthworms like it, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 12:19pm

Daniel, reading your Growing Greener blog encouraged me to try that method of planting trees, the next time.

 

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