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I have some pictures I just took in my garden and will be posting them as soon as I get them off my iPhone.
Randy, your home, garden and wood shed are just perfect ... a kind of Shangri-La, a paradise! Seeing your place, it brings back the memories of my former row garden and how different it was to tend it than the one I have now. I love the meditation aspect of my present design, but do have a longing for rows of corn, beets, carrots, onion, lettuce kohlrabi, turnips, cabbages and beans.
Your home is so charming, lovely colors and healthy looking plants to greet you home. The wide porch with chairs invites one into a sanctuary.
I absolutely love the woodshed! We always had one when I was a kid. There is something about going into a woodshed, with the smells, the mice racing back and forth, the cats after them, that rings memory bells for me. Now I have a tool shed and a garage where I store my garden equipment and supplies and enjoy them greatly ... just not like a woodshed with wood smells.
We had a dreadful downpour the other day after a very unpleasantly hot spell. Everything was beaten to the ground, but yesterday morning, everything was standing back upright, as bright and clean and happy as can be. It seems that nitrogen and phosphorous come with electric storms, and so give the plants a nice food boost. It was too muggy to work in the garden yesterday, even though the skies were clear. The temperature and humidity were right up there.
Today was glorious. I was able to stay in the garden until 12:30 before being forced in by the temperature.
Since I created the meditation garden 18 years ago, I have a very limited space for raspberries. The ground is extremely fertile and the berries are so big they pull the canes down to the ground. I have one batch tied up to the fence and had a glorious time this morning eating as I pulled weeds and tended to other tasks.
The squirrels and birds have a patch about 6' x 6' that I didn't tie up and I eat the top belayer of berries, the critters run in and out getting the berries deep inside the thicket. Old Mr. Notch Tail Squirrel picks a berry deep inside the thicket, comes out and sits on my east box and looks at me as he devours the most luscious looking berries. He appears to be mocking me, that he has access to them and I don't.
The birds fly in and out of the thicket with great felicity and sometimes swoop close to my head as they fly to the water source and seed feeders.
Thank you, everyone. I've lived here for 37 years, the last 15 alone (gone are 4 kids and their mother). It requires considerable work and maintainence, not to mention attention to my farm property (5 miles away: silverthorn-farm.com). It's a labor of love, needlss to say.
Yes, Spud, the surrounding corn and bean fields are farmed by a friend. My farm house belonged to the original land owner (one acre plus 79 in crops).
It's wonderful Randall! I'm green with jealousy, and very glad that you have such a beautiful place!
Nice garden and house Randy. Does that field of corn way in the background of the "second" garden belong to a neighbor?
Photos don't do justice, but here's a few. The first (hopefully) is my "second" garden with tomatoes, squash, strawberry plants, and raspberries in the background (and woodshed).
The next two are of my main garden. What can you identify?
The last photo is my front entrance.
Joan, funny you should ask--I was thinking yesterday I should take some photos to share. I'll just do that.
I have both an old brick lined well and a cistern (filled by previous owner). I have a water softener plus need to run my drinking water through a filter. I should have my well checked out, but "if it ain't broke...."
My red raspberries are gone for the "spring crop". I'll get a fall picking, however. I don't even attempt to tie them up. I like the natural ("rampant", as Spud says) look (plus, I'm too lazy).
And I hear you, Spud, about the corn. EVERY year, high winds knock the stalks over about this time! Aggravating.
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