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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
The lilacs at my Newport home barely reveal buds swelling. I hoped to plant more, however, the family does not want more shrubs because of the bear, cougar, and growing wolf population that take advantage of the cover to stalk children and domestic animals. They tell sad stories of observing wild animals taking geese, chickens, dogs, and cats and dragging them away.
Rooster Cogburn had an untimely death at the fangs of some wild animal as the family watched it being hawled to its doom.
I'm certain there were some in the family happy to hear him silenced.
"One Egg A Day" banty hen secummed to a raccoon who left behind tracks.
Laura tells of the trauma of watching some of these events and finding only scraps of fur or feather. She especially remember the murder of a male goose that had fallen in love with her and followed her everywhere. He wouldn't let anyone or any other animal get close to her. A coyote was the villain in this story, if I remember correctly.
I have to respect their experiences and warnings. Living in the land of fang an claw has its drawbacks.
I talked to the WA State Extension Agent today who told me I have to install some kind of fence to protect the flora and fauna if I want to have animals and plants survive. It seems electric fencing can do the job if correctly installed, whatever that means.
Evidently, it was quite cold here while I was gone. My garden didn't show much progress. Trees leafed out, and I see little fruits! Yeah!
I have had a glorious few days in the greenhouse and garden. We finally have some warm weather, heavy spring rains, flooding in the community. The greenhouse tomatoes are doing fine, but the peppers just are not sprouting. I am going to do the paper towel test today to see if the seeds are viable. I put in many different kinds over the past few weeks. Hope they don't all decide to sprout at once. The space for the hot peppers is at the opposite end of the greenhouse than the sweet ones. Dominic and I have his grooming session on the front porch now that the morning temperature is comfortable. His black coat shines beautiful colors of brown lightly mixes in with black. We think he might be part German Shepherd; he was a rescue dog. Laura and Larry pull slash from the forest and burn much of it. Burning will be allowed a few more weeks if the predicted weather holds true. Daniel, you have the best of both worlds, chickens to keep the ground scratched and fertilized and ducks to eat slugs and bugs! I have been watching videos by gardeners; one Daniel introduced us to many months ago, the other new to me: Bill Mollison, Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Linehttp://www.networkearth.org/perma/culture.html#Permaculture
Linda Chalker-Scott, Horticultural Mythshttps://puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs/
I AM ORGANIC GARDENINGWHY No Till Gardening Works Best with living roots, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 101.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18HriHYr53A&list=PLUKzcNTgpg9Uk...
I Think I shared this one with you before.
These videos contain a lot of watching time. However, they provide valid and reliable information.
Daniel, your ducklings make me smile. Do they eat the same food as chickens? Many of the permaculture programs show a flock of running ducks.
Your garden will benefit and I understand running ducks don't pull plants out of the ground. I'm curious about that claim.
Kathy, your description of snakes in your garden makes me shiver, even as I realize some can be beneficial. We have rattle snakes in NE Washington state. We lived in Texas for several years. The thought of the children, who were small at the time, playing in forests and creeks gave me nightmares. We had coral snakes that hid under rocks and in crevaces. Another danger they faces was Recluse spiders. Laura had one of their bites and we had to have a surgical procedure to cut out the spreading necrotic tissue.
Maria Gimbutas fed her garden snakes milk. She told incredible stories about the mythology of snakes in Old Europe.
Marija Gimbutas Language of the Goddess
You said, "Rattlesnakes are endangered species in ky."
I respond with a, "Good News!"
My 2 weed digging forks. I've had the top one for I don't know how long. Perhaps 40 years.
The bottom one, as you can read, I purchased from WinCo 2 weeks ago for $2. It has a curved piece of metal on the bottom that doesn't allow it to sink into the soil as much and lets me pry the weeds out easier. I used it yesterday for the first time on those dandelions, and it seems to work better than my old one. Of course the old one works better when I want to go deeper.
Daniel, I envy you the ability to plant such seeds this early in the year. Even in Spokane, we don't plant them until the snow is off Mt Spokane and Mica Peak. That will be late May. I might sow some old seeds to see if they will make it through the late frosts.
I plan to get the equipmenyt for making tunnels. They will protect from those unexpected late frosts and later from insects. I will grow my brassicas in the raised bed so that we have plenty of space in the greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers, etc.
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