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Alice Wachenheim in her Rose Garden. Early 1960s.
Randy, your style of composting matches mine. I have done that for more years than I want to admit. I did an experiment years ago when I cut down corn stocks, piled them up and then started throwing other trimmings on top. I checked the corn stocks a year later and they were almost composted. I left them another year and couldn't tell the corn stocks from the zucchini and squash vines, all turned to black gold..
Any squash I don't eat, I cut open for the birds to feed on at the bird feeder station. By spring, there is nothing identifiable left.
Speaking of composting: I have 3 piles in different locations. Unfortunately, I don't leave any one pile alone to do its thing. I keep tossing leaves, grass clippings, etc. on top of each because of convenience, depending on where I am in the yard. I need to remove the top uncomposted layers and shovel out the bottom and spread on the garden. Sounds like a good thing to do today! That and remove tomato plants that died two nights ago in our first freeze of the season.
Kathy, just a note about pruning lilacs, They set bud immediately after the flower hits peak. If you cut the bushes back at this time of year you lose a year of blossoms. You can cut out the dead seed head at anytime. But look at the place where last year's bloom was and you can see next year's blossom.
My Dad used to trim the shrubs in the fall, including the lilacs. I told him about the loss of next year's blossom, and stubborn Belgian that he was, he trimmed all the lilacs back and we had no blooms the following spring.
I know from where I get my stubborn streak! Laura's too.
I had a crew come this week to machete out my garden. It grows so profusely, we couldn't get through the jungle-like growth. Two of the men are from San Salvadore and they said my garden felt like home, except colder.
I asked them to save the clippings and pile them up for a compost pile. They had not heard of Permaculture and had never piled the trimmings for any other customer. Now all I need is a couple of 5 gal buckets of chicken manure to toss on top and then a layer of dirt. It doesn't take long for that stuff to become black gold.
I have an old pile in another part of the garden and it is as nice as anything one can buy in an expensive nursery. I can no longer do the work, but I will have some younger folks in the family spread it around in my boxes and borders.
This autumn's colors looked like jewels hanging off branches. Less sunlight turned the leaves all shades of reds, yellows, and bronze, and the weather didn't freeze them. We had an extended autumn.
So very beautiful!
Good work, very calming and strengthening for your system! Even the muscle pain can be a good feeling.
Wow, Daniel! Those are some big persimmons! I'm glad you're finally enjoying the fruits of your labor--literally!
A deciduous tree catches sparks, leaps into flame and starts the conifers like a hot ember, especially during drought. The conifers burn the oils and pith and creating massive torches.
I could be wrong.
The one good thing about a garden, food, the weather, nature, golf, my bowel movements, etc., etc., is: they are nonpolitical. "What, me worry?"
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