Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2017 at 7:02am

Yes, I leave for Beijing Wed., Oct. 18. Return Nov. 7. I don't do Wi-Fi, so you'll hear nothing from me for 3 weeks. I don't plan on taking many pictures, either--for several reasons. I'll elaborate on the agenda in Hang With Friends.

Joan, thanks for the elucidation below. I'll miss all of you.

Daniel, I read your gardening blogs, but didn't comment. I enjoyed reading them. I'm glad I don't have deer problems like you. I did catch a raccoon in my cage. That's my third caught critter that has been after my persimmons.

Kathy, I'm with you on the nasty weather we've been having. I think it'll dry up in the days ahead.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 1:20am

Kathy, Daniel, and Ning went to China several years ago. Daniel wished Randy a good trip to China in his post on this site "Comment by Daniel W 10 hours ago 

"Randy, we'll miss you while you are gone!  Have a great adventure in China.  Have some Chinese food :-) and see the sights!"

Your recent rain of "over four inches of rain in four hours" must have created great chaos in Owensboro. Being on the river, having that heavy rain, was the water able to sink in or did it run over the top of the soil? I wonder if permaculture has any remedies for that situation? 


Comment by kathy: ky on October 11, 2017 at 9:54pm
Randy is going to China? Congrats Randy. I hope you have the time of your life.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 9:34pm

Daniel, I sm trying to find your photos when you and Ning went to visit his family in China to share with Kathy. I can't find any of those splendid photos. Am I looking for them in the wrong place? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 8:37pm

Daniel, those precious photos of your grandparents at the "Generative" stage of life. They look as though they worked hard and enjoyed the pleasures of their effort. You grandfather as a young man seems healthy and active. He also appears as though he worked hard and was a proud man.

You come from sturdy stock. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 8:31pm

Randy, have a great trip in China! I hope you see the small family gardens with their small flock of free-range chickens, sometimes a pig. I saw virtually no flies, even in the slaughterhouse/meat markets. I don't know how they did it. 

When I was there, the Chinese government had just opened the country to westerners and the general population was very friendly. When I rode public transit, I was usually the only Caucasian; each time the bus stopped I looked at the people waiting at the curbs, they seemed startled to see a round-eyed person. Crowds of people followed me and many of the young people were learning English. They spoke fluent English, although with a lovely Asian inflection. 

Well, enough of my memories; I look forward to your experiences. Hopefully, you will be able to send us brief updates as you travel. 

Comment by kathy: ky on October 11, 2017 at 8:20pm
I didn't realize gardening was still going on. Our weather turned so dry and hot everything died back. Except one giant elephant ear. And what has became forty rose of Sharon starts.
We had over four inches of rain in four hours. Roads were closed in a lot of places. And it was still raining. Overcast and gloomy today but the rain stopped. And the temp was only 65 for the high. By Friday we're supposed to be back up to mid eighties. Yuk
Daniel I looked back nine pages and didn't find a reference to your trip to China but enjoy your​trip. Joan I hope you enjoy your new home. Spending time with different family members is nice.
Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 3:18pm

That would be an ooooooops!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2017 at 3:13pm

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2017 at 7:15am

Hey all you gardeners. Gloomy day. I may start digging my sweet potatoes since the ground is no longer hard as a rock. And, per daily routine, I'll pick a quart of red raspberries. They just keep coming, and I hate to see them rot on the vines. Freezer is packed. I didn't make any wine this year.

Daniel, I did what you suggested (before the suggestion)--I made a batch of persimmon pudding using one of the five cups I squeezed out. (Took me 30 minutes.)
To answer your question about ripening: I let them ripen on the tree, usually picking them off the ground as they fall. Those that are stubborn, I'll pick later. If the 'possums don't get to them first, there should be a ground full when I return from China in 4 weeks. By the way, I caught another possum yesterday.
I love your (Daniel) family photographs. I can tell where your love of the outdoors comes from!


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