Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Discussing all aspect of gardening.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 11, 2016 at 2:45pm

Hello all.  Thanks for the concern, and your messages Joan.   I've only been going to the library for internet access about once per week for 3 hours.  Only enough time to pay my bills, buy some things I want, and look for some information I want.

The van is not a good place to do my inter-netting in the winter.  It's either too cold, or, when the sun in out, too hot on my head and too cold on my feet.

With my little bit of germaphobia, I've stopped using the library's chairs & computers, and it's a pain to carry a folding chair, folding table, and my 20 pound computer up the stairs to the adult section, but I may go back to doing that.

Sorry to hear about Barbara.

I've been enjoying eating on my large harvest of squash.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2016 at 1:28pm

I sent Spud several messages and have heard nothing. I have no idea who in Pocatello, ID, to contact.  

I did get a response from Barbara and she was so discouraged with the gardening experience, she tore up the hugelkulture and other wonderful projects she created hoping to be able to eat from her garden. She put so much energy into the effort she simply gave up. She has a trip planned to visit Ireland very soon. That lovely country, situated so far north, will not inspire her to go back to San Antonio, TX, and try again. 

Perhaps she will make a trip to the Mediterranean and see the lovely gardens that grow in that area. 

I encouraged Barbara to write a comment to the group.

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2016 at 4:31am

Spud hasn't posted since Dec 3. Does anyone know anything?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2016 at 3:29am

Daniel, this corn, Painted mountain corn, looks like an interesting plant to grow in our cold northern garden. The kids will enjoy it and from what I read, it is delicious. I like your idea for growing it for the chickens. I'll talk to Katelynn, my great-granddaughter, to see if she wants to try a patch in her garden. There are lots of seed companies listed as sellers. Do you have a favorite company to recommend? I received a Territorial Seed Co catalogue this week and it is overwhelming with the varieties of seeds they have for sale. 

The seed catalogues started arriving and I'm having a great time exploring them. 

 Painted mountain corn

Comment by Randall Smith on January 5, 2016 at 7:25am

It's January, but I'm still harvesting produce from my garden. From on top, I have Brussels sprouts and collards and arugella. If I remove a ground cover, I have carrots and parsnips. It's all about to end however. Gonna get really cold next week.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 1:21am

Oh! Yes! Chris, they exist and most parents and teachers do all they can to squish the life out of them.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2016 at 11:48pm

I'd love such a child, but I've never known if they were for real. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 3:30pm

Daniel, she represents the kind of student I enjoyed in my classroom. The troubled and troubling kids landed in my care and we both grew. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 2, 2016 at 7:39am

I concur with the two of you that living in "the country" is much more satisfying that urban dwelling. You both sound happy and content, despite going through the ordeals of cancer. Working outdoors in our gardens gives us all something to look forward to. Can't wait for Spring! In fact, I had to laugh out loud when my 6 yr old grandson asked me yesterday, "when does Spring come?"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2016 at 12:55pm

Daniel, we do not have rain barrels, tho we have discussed it. The aquifer from which we pump is lowering. If thaw comes slowly the snow will refresh our water source; we have heavy snows now, but the snow pack continues to be inadequate to restore the water. The coming weeks and months will tell us. However, we need to collect water from our roofs. 

I am so very content here; I honestly feel I am home. The forest was once a cedar forest, but after logging, nature replanted the mountains. 

The valley's all have glacial dust, sand and gravels; they have extraordinary fertility yielding high-quality grasses and grains. The mountains came back to life with pines and firs, crowding out any new cedar growth. Loggers consider pines and firs  "weed trees"; they have shallow roots and grow tall, making good telephone poles. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, has strong, steadfast young partner. He is the one who offered to build and created our terraces to the south of Laura's home. His father cut timber his whole life and Zac grew up at his father's elbow, logging and operating in forests. Zac offered to help me get some cedars started. My hope is to manage the growth and restore the old timber. That huge cedar root bulldozed off this spot and that I can see from my bedroom is a reminder of a once grand forest. 

Thank you for the information on water storage options. I like your idea of hooking up smaller barrels in a manifold arrangement. That would work on our raised bed because they are downslope from the house. We could collect water from the shed for greenhouse tank.


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