Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on April 4, 2015 at 9:36am
Thank you all for your sincere concern and thoughts. It means more to me than you know. I'm fairly much nonsocial except here. I have been participating in a fruit growing forum, and may get into the local home orchard society, on retirement. That will be an outlet for horticultural tendencies.

I will tell ning how to get an account and log on, if I become unable to. You are certainly right, I worry about people who I have come to care about on here, when there is no activity for a while. Some very active members vanished into thin air. and I never found out why. One member was killed in India, a couple of years ago, and I have been unable to learn more about what happened.

Anyway, I appreciate your concerns and thought more than you can know.

Back to the horticultural pursuits - it's saturday. Time to plant the seeds that were soaking. Then check on some grafts, probably not growing yet and feeling like the watched pot that never boils, but also a fun thing to watch.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 4, 2015 at 8:51am

Daniel, I'm think I'm one of the many people who are at a loss for words about your health although I certainly agree with the comments of others. I am long on admiration for how you and Joan are handling your health issues. Since you have earned your vacation hours, along with any sick benefits, there is very little need to worry about causing a burden to anyone by taking them. If it were me, I would most likely take all my vacation and sick time and combine it with disability and just go home and enjoy my garden. You obviously are a stronger person than me. Please know we all care about you. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2015 at 8:42am

Yes Joan, I try to keep a ground-cover on everywhere in my yard.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2015 at 8:40am

Nice to hear your work (or not) plan Daniel.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2015 at 8:08am

I see "light at the end of the tunnel", Daniel. Taking a week off evry month sounds like a good idea. Plus, you ARE close to taking every week off! And continue with the comments here. I love reading about your gardening adventures.

Comment by Plinius on April 4, 2015 at 1:25am

I'm glad you'll get extra puttering time, Daniel! And Joan has a point: we should all point out to the people we live with how to leave a message on AN. I know it costs a lot of nervous energy when someone disappears...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 5:36pm

Your report of taking a week off per month starting July 1 gives me some comfort. 

Daniel, will Ning or someone else contact us if anything changes and you can't contact us. We do worry, you know. I hope I am not smothering you but I feel as though you are my brother and only sibling. You are young enough to be my son, but our cancers seemed to cancel out the age differences. 

Puttering full time is so much fun. There are always things to do ... or not. I hope you have chairs and footstools arranged around the properties so you can catch a little nap whenever and where ever you want. 

I have no grass to watch grow, and I really enjoy watching my Colorado Spruce grow! 

There is always part time work for a man with your skills and training and experience and probably closer by. 

Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 4:41pm
Joan, I have so much vacation built up, starting in July I will take a week off per month. That will burdon other people but they will have to live with it. That goes to Nov, maybe I can make it last another month. Im done here March 4 next year.
After that I dont know. I might have the most putterred in yard in the NW. Or might find more limited part time work.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 3:39pm

Spud, my experience with squash seed from the previous year depends on the species. If it is a heirloom, it probably will come back to be like the parents. If it is hybrid, one never knows. Just try it and pay attention to the quality of the eating. Keep track. If it tastes good, grow it again, if not, you can grow it and use it for groundcover if you have uncovered ground. Nature hates ground without plants growing in it and the soil will take any seed it can grab. It is a good way to get a thistle started in your garden.  

I can't wait to read your reports from your garden. Spud's Garden!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 3:34pm

Daniel, I agree with you about the four-o-clocks. They are pretty. They also are prolific. I like the method of putting pots around the flowers when they go to seed. Just a saucer will do. Throw in a little soil in the spring and you can move them to wherever you want them. 

Grandma did lots of things with tin cans: cut the bottom out and place the can over transplants to prevent cut worms; cut the cut lids by bending them in half, back and forth until the can lid breaks in two, then use the half-can-lid to plug up mice holes as they appear inside her home;  of course there is always the extra grease that comes off the cooked meats. Living in farming country she fixed huge breakfasts, lunches and dinners. She had all the lard she needed for the most delicious pies in the world. 

Your loss of stamina and more discomfort concerns you, and rightfully so. Can you cut back at work? Work fewer days? Take an early retirement and not lose an amount of pension?

Meditative Puttering in the garden isn't work, it offers wonderful time for reflection. This is especially healthy when you can rest as you need. The heavy mulch helps weeds from starting and you have to deliberately put plants in; you have a good method to do that. 

I can read or understand everything you send. Just a little trial and error and the meaning comes out at once. 

This beautiful day, with some clouds dropping graupel or rain now and then, and frost at night, still. 

I am headed to Laura's this afternoon to spend the weekend. Michelle, my granddaughter always has a treasure hunt in the forest that surrounds their home. Her five kids love it almost as much as I do. 

 

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