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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 3:05am

Randall, I must be stupid to make a vegetable garden twelve metres above a polluted street - but I'll do it anyway. There's one of those test points down in the street and the outcome for fine dust and other emissions are above the European norm. Why do I bother? I can't help myself - plants clean the air and only in this way can I prove to myself that I don't want to be part of the polluting community. Living here will probably take 13 months out of my life expectancy, I read somewhere, but that can't be helped either: I need a bag of money before I can move and besides, our two patients live near here. So today, Saturday, I'm going to dig and plant some more.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 2:52am

How was your day in the garden, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2015 at 1:36pm

Each one of your messages is an inspiration to me that I greatly need today. I'm emotionally down for some reason, but I am headed for the garden now and expect to come inside full of enthusiasm and calm. Write to you later. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2015 at 7:53am

Chris, I've always maintained that if you're going to grow something, it might as well be edible. Herbs are great to grow in containers. Zucchini sounds interesting. The same theory is true for trees. Fruit and nut trees gives one blossoms (and bees) and delicious fruit--more bang for your buck!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 13, 2015 at 7:49am

Sounds like you're going to have a nice garden Chris.  I'm also looking forward to pictures of it.

Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2015 at 2:13am

The new containers for my roof garden arrived! It's a mess while I transfer earth and compost to the new containers and clear out the broken old stuff, but it's beginning to look good. The surviving perennials get replanted and I even planted courgette seedlings - zucchini. Can't wat to see what happens!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 12, 2015 at 8:04am

I've got the moles back in action too. The cat occasionally snares one, but not often enough!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 12, 2015 at 7:56am

Spring MUST be close at hand: the moles have become active; a family of chipmunks have been seen chasing each other around; squirrels and rabbits are checking out the yard and garden; robins and redwing blackbirds have been sighted. Oh, my dog is having a field day!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2015 at 7:24am

Hurray! It was warm enough to melt snow and for me to get outside. I pruned my raspberry canes and cut down my ornamental grasses. Still too wet to get into the garden. Patience is required.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2015 at 4:01pm

Don, the long brown building, is the planting shed, tools room, tractors, and mowers storage area. That is where I hang out with my pals. There are no residences on the park, but when wealthy mine owners from the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho mines and lumbering families from these forests, they built homes all around the park. Cutter designed the mansions. My house is a smaller house built by trades people before 1900. 
I am trying to get a Google Earth map over here and not succeeding. I'll keep working on it. 

http://www.manitopark.org/Manito-Park-Info/Manito_Park_Map.asp

There are volcanic outcroppings all around the park, and the park itself is in a kettle with many springs. There used to be a spring under the north side of my home' foundation that has dried up. There continues to be water under my south house foundation because it sits on an ancient pond. We know the peat is at least 40 feet deep under my garden that lies to the south of my house. 

When I  started the remodel, we dug and then drilled to find solid footing for the south foundation and had to either go 40 feet for bedrock or build pans under foundation posts. I chose pans because they were cheaper than drilling. 

Now my big old lady dances spring and autumn and sings me to sleep. There are cracks all over the inside drywalls and very few on the outside stucco. 

 

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