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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:29am

Kathy & Daniel, thanks for the welcome.  

I enjoy seeing the posts from all you regulars, and miss the ones that disappeared, even though I don't mention it.

I've often wondered about one person in particular that stopped posting, because I may have had something to do with her dropping-out.  I can't remember her name, but I think Joan said she communicated with her just after she quit the group, and I think quit gardening.

I was concerned that part of the reason she quit was because I said I bought the same garden cart she had, and had more negative things to say about it than positive.  

Joan, is that one of the reasons she quit?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2016 at 7:55am

On my farm, we've planted an apple orchard a couple years ago. So we're hoping for some fruit in '17. Can't tell you what we planted! Nate (SIL) bought a whole bunch of apples to make cider. He's hosting an "open house" at his market this Sat. for a one day end of season event. I doubt if it'll be successful, but he and my daughter are the eternal optimists.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 5, 2016 at 3:14pm
Daniel, it was fun working together. And it made us a close family to this day. With the exception of me being atheist. Mom made her biscuits from scratch similar to your gmoms pie crust.
Spud, it's good to have you back with us on a regular basis.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2016 at 11:27am

Daniel, here's hoping your  trees give you some good fruit next season.  The way I've been planting trees in the past, I would expect it to take 2 or 3 seasons, but I suspect your method of planting (which I intend to use from now on), will give you some produce new season.

By the way, I didn't purposely put the  computer symbol in my first sentence.  I typed "apple", but the computer changed it to , and I decided to leave it in.  

Not being an apple lover, this is the first time I've typed the word since using my new computer, so it's the first time that has happened.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:48pm
That should have been cooked in not cooled in.
Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:46pm
Joan, I don't have that recipe and neither do my sisters. I guess it died with mom. Mom never used a recipient that I recall. She had just made the same things the same way every year. She could always tell by taste if it was right. And we're talking making a dozen or more quarts every batch. Several times during the summer. With the five of us kids working alongside her to core and quarter the apples, green tomatoes, sweet green peppers, onions and the few hot peppers that made the hot variety added during the last batch. With the younger kids working the hand cranked grinder. If you ever feel really ambitious I tell you the tart apples and green tomatoes were drained before being put in the pot. I remember mom hanging them in a clean pillow case on the line to drip. Vinegar and sugar was what she cooled it in. With several table spoons of lemon juice. Everything was coarsely ground.
I found some recipes on the web are similar but with major differences. They used cinnamon or garlic and several other odd spices. Mom just used sugar, salt and apple cider vinegar.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2016 at 12:26pm

Daniel, I'm also amazed at your ambition, and I'm sure your garden will appreciate all the leaves you feed it.

Joan, your Paradise Acres looks beautiful, and I too am glad you've got your spirit back.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2016 at 7:29am

I agree with Joan, Daniel. Your work ethic is incredible and inspirational. My neighbors have no garden and consider sitting on a lawn mower for 3 hours every 3 days is work and exercise. Even at a quarter mile away, I hate hearing their noisy mower.

I didn't quite get my geraniums indoors in time. The frost got them. No matter. They seldom survive anyway.

Joan, it does look like "Paradise" where you now reside. I'm so glad you're happy and positive.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2016 at 4:07am

Good plans, Joan, and I'm very glad you've got your spirit back! It looks a wonderful place to live, very special to someone in the city!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2016 at 2:53am

This is L&L Paradise Acres, at least that is what I call it. It is built on huge sand dunes left over after the last Ice Age, and the Great Missoula Flood that swept over this countryside, helping to form the small hills and valleys hidden by the forest. New second growth forest. This property was stripped of all its trees in the early 1900s. There are about seven cedars on the 17 acres. The rest is covered with red and white Fir, and occasional Larch where there i s more water. 

We have a good aquifer and it provides for our two families. The house nearest the county road, to the North, is Michelle's and Jared's home with there five children. The house at the bottom of the page, South, is where Laura and Larry live. The good thing is I have my spirit back. They are still clearing the forest back from the houses for fire protection. The chicken coop is at the Northern house. Dominic and I take our daily walk to the coop to give them fresh greens from the greenhouse.  

I will be renting my home to Larry's son and his wife. I know the property will hold its value through the coming depression while cash and investments will evaporate                      

 

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