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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
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.
Here's an adorable little atheist gardener who doesn't let bullying priests and concerned mom stop her.
Randy, I am very much looking forward to Spring. There are more projects planned than I can say. Plus I really want to see the fruit trees bloom and start to produce, and the vegetable garden get started.
Image is from landscape planting at work. Even winter has it's beautiful scenes.
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?"!
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.
Joan, I'm very glad you are happy. I have worried about the changes that you have had to make, and how they affect you. I think the rustic life has a great deal to offer, and can be so much more rewarding than urban or suburban life, if someone has the temperament for it. Which I do too.
I have a question - I assume your water is from a well. Are you also storing rainwater?
Here in the summer, watering the garden is probably 90% of our water use. I expect next year to be hotter and more dry. Our well has a great deal of sediment, slows the flow and requires filtering to be palatable. The filters clog and need frequent replacement. Rain water stored for gardening would add months if not more to the life of the filters.
I put in one 50gal barrel. It filled up in one afternoon of drizzle, and drains only about 1/4 of the roof . I already had that barrel, moving it from the old house.
I was thinking about one of these - about $100 for 275 gallons, plus $35 for the fittings. I think these are used in food manufacturing, and are listed as food grade. I could hook up smaller barrels in a manifold or bank, but more work and parts might cost as much. Above ground only, and only for gardening and chickens. Although the water is much more pure, no salts, no sediment, but maybe impurities from dust / bird waste on the roof, and algae may grown in it.
There are no birds at my feeder either. Yes, we know what is happening, and if some are correct, there is nothing we can do to stop it. I believe we can change global warming, and I do not think enough people will understand. They will find scapegoats, i.e. immigrants and refugees.
If we can't stop global warming is there a way we can live civilly with each other? Laura and Larry did not move to the NE WA forest as survivalists; they just wanted to raise their daughters in a slower paced environment. I moved here because I needed help with daily things that I can no longer do for myself.
I am profoundly happy!
Holy Cow! Cherry blossoms now. I see that my silver maple tree is budding. Not good. And I've seen dandelions bloom. One more thing: I haven't had any birds at my bird feeder--nary a one. What's going on? Not that I don't already know the answer.
Ruth, this scene is not good news! Even as it is beautiful! I wonder what the trees will do during "normal" blossoming time?
Daniel, keep me up to date on your season's progress, please. I am keeping track of regular and current events from friends around the globe.
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