Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 5, 2015 at 8:00am

Daniel, good luck with the cataract surgery. Just had my eyes checked, and they're forming. No surgery at this time.

Tow days ago, I "caught" a rabbit in my animal trap (to catch those nasty "piney" squirrels). I thought to myself, "Good, one less rabbit to feast in my garden". But my conscience got the better of me, and after several hours, I freed him/her. I don't mind sharing my greens--it's the seedlings (like beets last year) that I want to protect.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 7:47pm

That sounds healthy, Patricia. Just so the winter doesn't prevent you from the things you like to do. I've looked up your area on Google Earth and it looks like beautiful country. I remember the photos you sent us early in your correspondence with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 7:23pm

I understand about the cherries, Daniel. I didn't get any blueberries last year off of three bushes. There were green ones on the bushes and when I returned hoping to find ripe ones, they were all gone. Guess I will have to get more bushes. Surely I can grow enough for me and the birds. I suppose the squirrels like them, too. Maybe the mice. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 7:17pm

Patricia,  -16*C  means 3.2 degress F, I think. BBBRRRR!!! I hope the wind current doesn't change and bring your cold air here. 

How are you getting along this winter? Feeling OK, Eating well? How is Rick? I think of you two often. Does Rick do any gardening in his beautiful greenhouse during the winter? I suppose his trains keeps him busy.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 6:20pm

Daniel, I understand you are scheduled for cataract surgery tomorrow. I just want to let you know I am thinking about you and look forward to learning about your procedure and how you feel. Best wishes, dear friend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 6:06pm

Spud, I looked for the full video and did not find it. The trailer piques my curiously. I will put a Google Alert on the film and let you know if I find it. Please let me know if you do.

This piece interests me because of the ideas for a potential project at Laura's home in the woods. They live eight miles out of small town, Newport, WA and on the north side of Mt. Spokane. Their plot is 17 acres in a beautiful forest. It is not first growth, but third growth. Their home sits on a small hill left over from the Ice Age. I think it is a terminal moraine. The lower part of their land is the former ancient lake, now a meadow created by the Lake Missoula Floods.
One of the family members is a wildlife enthusiast, another is a millwright in a lumber mill. They both have a lot of mechanical skills and knowledge of the forest. I am so unfamiliar with gentle men, and they are as gentle as gentle giants. I know it is safe to trust them with children. They seem eager to help me plan and construct a nature reserve there. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 4, 2015 at 3:25pm

This morning, on Idaho Public Television, I saw an hour show called "Mother Nature's Child: Growing outside in the Media Age", and I liked it a lot.  I thought it showed the benefits that children get by learning by being out in nature.  Similar to gardening.

I couldn't find the whole hour show, just this 8 minute piece:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 3:08pm

A few more inches of snow last night and more expected. The ice remains under new snow. Hazardous walking and driving continue. I'm all tucked in nicely with lots of reading and writing to do. I am weeks behind in reading my mail.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 2:42pm

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Gui...

This is a book that Lee Reich recommended. The reviews by knowledgeable gardeners look positive. 

Carol Deppe has many fans. Here is an interview 

Interview with Carol Deppe

"The basic issues are getting more control over our food, getting lots higher quality and more delicious food, and enhancing the resilience of our food supply. There are three ways to do that that. The first is through local buying patterns and trade. A second is through knowing how to store or process food that is available locally, whether we grow it ourselves or not. The third is gardening."


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 2:25pm

A Survey of Pruning Tools

This is a job that I have stopped doing. I am not at all good at it. My garden stays nicely trimmed because of Cary's skilled work with a good eye for form and balance. He keeps the tools sharp as well. 


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