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Comment by Randall Smith on April 23, 2016 at 7:18am

Daniel, why haven't I thought of that long ago?! I "root" cuttings all the time, but never tomatoes. In fact, I have two varieties of grape cuttings sitting in water logged sand/soil mix. I'm crossing my fingers they'll take.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2016 at 7:09am
Except for a few things, my garden is pretty well planted. And it's raining today, a welcome site. Our average last frost date is April 30, so I have covers ready for tomatoes, just in case.
Beautiful photos of your iris, Daniel!
My apricot trees were the first fruits to blossom, and I now have small apricots! I've sprayed and will spray some more. Apples and pears are just now blooming. Persimmons come later. Best time of the year!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2016 at 12:25am

Daniel, I read your March 5, 2016, post, written the day after your last day at work. I am sorry I had not read it earlier. Learning of the surprise potluck party and the greetings people gave you brought tears to my eyes. 

Such a dramatic change, from the pace and intensity, demands and requirements of a busy profession, to a life of retirement, with no schedules, no deadlines, no administration putting pressure on you, no patients needing more than money allowes, raises feelings of depression for so many people sharing your experiences.  

It seems you have settled into a new normal. I notice you chat more, and share your many activities more, and seem to have a wider frame of reference than when you were working toward retirement. 

I read a lighter step, a cheerier demeanor, and a funny bone reveals that part of you more often. You sound happy! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2016 at 11:08pm

My life has been boxes this spring. Packing, unpacking, finding places to put my things in already overabundantly furnished homes. Laura inherited her Dad’s things, my mother's things, and her paternal grandparent's things. She doled furnishings out to each of the girls and when I walk in a room here or at Michelle’s or Laurie’s I recognize the belongings of the now deceased generations. When I walk in their gardens, I see plants that were passed down to me and now to my daughter, granddaughters, and their children. I am most content. The great-grandkids and their families, dogs, cats, the greenhouse, and chickens fill my days. I go to bed exhausted and wake up refreshed and eager to share the day with this menagerie.
Daniel, your raised bed of concrete blocks and capped with cobblestone pavers creates a nice warm bed early in the season. I agree, raised beds such as these do make a big difference in my gardening. I don’t get so tired tending the beds, soils warm up and dry out earlier than garden soils, and beds designed to protect from frosts, insects, deer, or rabbits work well. I like your experiment of testing temperatures of soil in the garden, the ground in wooden raised beds, and soil in concrete blocks and cobblestones raised beds. It gives the substantial information needed to evaluate options in planting styles.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 20, 2016 at 9:31pm

Beautiful, Daniel. Blooms seem to be more robust and lasting longer than usual this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 7:00am

Daniel, noticing your reference to Eleanor Roosevelt, I recently read a book about her husband being such an avid environmentalist. All this time, I thought his CCC idea was just a means to put young men to work (women weren't permitted). But no, he was heavily into protecting the natural world, especially forests and the animals that lived there.

As for my little world, I've had several "obnoxious" trees removed in my yard, especially a sprawling willow and hollow catalpa. It hurt, but it had to be done.

And I'm in the garden! I have about half of it planted, awaiting to see the rows come alive. Had my first asparagus yesterday, too! 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2016 at 6:44am

Despite the awful weather (wet, cold, and windy), I did get potatoes and onions in the ground. Also rolled my yard. Some people say that's bad, but I can't remember why.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 28, 2016 at 7:49am

And I did get the garden(s) tilled yesterday! The ground worked up better than I thought. Perhaps after all these years, the soil is more loamy and less clayey, leaving fewer clods. Now, to plant potatoes. Parsnips wintered nicely (in the garden), which I'm now enjoying the taste of.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:11am

I started the roof garden season by sowing a lot of vegetable under glass and plastic. In a corner I found some winter beetroots big enough for the pan. Nice!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:10am

YES! With a little help from a stronger, younger person, I got my rototiller started. I mean, it's only 38 years old, so why shouldn't I expect it to be "difficult". Now it's time to dig in, so to speak.

 

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