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Comment by Randall Smith on February 15, 2015 at 7:42am

Why thank you so much, Joan! I'll pass that on to them today. I have forgotten what all is on their website. I think I've mentioned the land has been in our family for 150 years--once over 700 acres, now shrunk to 120 owned by me (us). When my SIL began taking over the sustainable farming part of it (about half), he INSISTED on naming the farm after my mother's maiden name (Silverthorn). I tried to talk him out of it, but to no avail. How fortunate I am that my daughter choose him 10 years ago. As I have said over and over, "Who would have thunk it?" (the outcome). 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2015 at 2:06am

Silverthorn Farm
J
ust received my first post from Silverthorn Farm. Your kids have a wonderful farm and Facebook page, Randy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2015 at 8:41am

And I understand that nightcrawlers, i.e., earthworms, were imported from Europe to the U.S. For you that googled it, true?

Hope you can get your energy back, Daniel. Do you still have chickens? If so, do you eat them? I know you're a vegetarian, but....

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 1:24am

Thanks Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 1:15am

Chris try earthworm, nightcrawler. This is what I got. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 12:52am

Daniel, what is a nightcrawler? The only thing that comes up when I google is a movie.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 9:58am

Daniel, "solarize" that's the word! Thanks. Why make work for myself, eh?  If it works, don't fix it - I'll add a bit of compost and call it good. And this year I'll make a note of what I plant in each pot and next year rotate. Sorry you don't have the energy to do what you so love in the way you want - glad you are able to do some things though. Your situation makes me realize how grateful I am that I'm able to do what I do - thanks to you and your inspiration!  ((((Daniel))))

Chris, it's nice you have someone to help you - and I'll bet she is glad to have you as a sitter.  I've discovered it is alot like the only way to eat an elephant - one small bite at a time. Otherwise I completely overwhelm myself with all my plans.

Today I actually get to lay out my spiral herb garden - or at least my version of one. :)   Plant on!

Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 8:43am

I have to, Barbara, all my containers are out of shape and torn. First I'll have to get hold of my neighbour who'll drive me to a garden centre and help me carry (I'm her cat-sitter so I can count on her). Then compost and the earth I used one and a half year ago, then clean up my garden space and sow vegetables and herbs.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 8:21am

Randall, we are well-above our average - 80 yesterday. It may appear I'm industrious, but keep in mind everything I'm doing is new. First veggie garden, first compost pile, first planting of trees, etc. All the planning, the great lists, diagrams, etc. were fun to do. However, reality is they are just a guideline and I find reality is a tad different. Mother Nature doesn't give a wit about my well laid plans. :) 

Joan, certainly a learning experience with the rabbits. Design of my hutch very poor - okay for rabbits, but I want to handle them everyday as they are only 7 weeks old. Real challenge to catch them. By this time next year I'll know exactly what both me and the rabbits need cage wise. Meanwhile, each morning I go out to see them brings new information.  

For those of you who do container gardening - do you 'refresh' soil in your pots at beginning of every season? I read that we should empty all container soil onto tarp in sun for a couple of days to get rid of any organisms, then mix in some compost and re-use. This method is for annuals where you are going to plant something new in old dirt.  Instead of growing flowing vines on my patio in pots/trellis, I'm going to attempt beans and peas in the smart pots this year, using dirt from last year - 'refreshed'.  Pretty purple beans should be as attractive as flowers - and I can eat them!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2015 at 7:38am

As usual, I get a bit jealous of all the "doin's" my fellow godless gardners write about. Chickens, rabbits, hugelkulturs, etc. But, we all have our own loves and situations, and despite "the grass being greener....", it is what it is (cliche or no). Keep up the good works.

And speaking of weather, we're in for at least two more weeks of sub-freezing temps, well below our average. Yuck.

 

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