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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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!
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.
Beautiful, Daniel. Blooms seem to be more robust and lasting longer than usual this year.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
With all the warm days we've had (6th warmest March on record thus far), my garden is green--with weeds and grasses! Dang. I might try and plant some early potatoes this weekend. Isn't St. Josephs Day (19th) the time to plant spuds? (Speaking of which, where is our man from Idaho?)
We had a little cutting garden with eight rose bushes. They did great every year until about the time they started blooming, and then the deer just trashed them. We gave up and changed over to dahlias.
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