Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2017 at 5:45pm

Kathy, how do you get your work done? I can't imagine doing even the simplest chores with those conditions. I hope you have help with your household tasks. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 28, 2017 at 1:38pm
Don, we have a pole saw but I have a torn rotator cuff on one shoulder and the other shoulder has a frozen shoulder blade. So lifting the pole up isn't​ possible :(
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2017 at 8:43am

Don, what a beautiful piece of land you have.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2017 at 8:41am

Daniel, your experimental flower garden is beautiful.  I'm saving it in my beautiful nature file.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 28, 2017 at 6:55am

Wow! All these photographs are beautiful. I love the seasonal changes, Don. And the veggies and flowers are wonderful (Daniel). 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2017 at 11:24pm

Thanks, Daniel, for the information about planting flowers in rows. I assume you planted according to height, right? Do you have any plan or combination that you follow? 

Whatever you did, I want to replicate it; that photo is just lovely!

Comment by Daniel W on August 27, 2017 at 9:00pm

Joan, last year that bed was Indian Corn.  This spring, I shoveled the soil over and raked it, then planted the flowers in rows, like vegetables.  That's how we did it in my family when I was growing up.  While they were growing, I hoed between the rows, but now the growth is to dense for that.  I water every few days, that's all the maintenance they get.

Ning made salad rolls from the Chinese cabbage tonight.  They were like burritos, but had Chinese cabbage leaves instead of tortillas.  The filling was scrambled egg, hash brown, hot pepper, and rice.  Except for the rice, all home grown.  They were very tasty.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2017 at 8:21pm

Daniel, what did you do for your flower bed, did you broadcast seeds into the bed. I love it. I have not done that before, and I think it is about time I do it. 

Your vegetables look healthy; I can imagine a great variety of salads. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 27, 2017 at 7:49pm

Nice job, Don, and beautiful photos.  Thanks for giving us a virtual visit, your place is beautiful.

We've had so much heat, and no rain for months.  I may have to rethink my approach to some facets of gardening.  I spend too much time watering, and don't get to enjoy as much or do some of the projects that I want. 

Then there's been time spent on the deer situation.  They were a major problem this year, the most damage I've ever had, with breaking into fenced fruit trees and destroying them.  I think I have a plan with that for next year, we will see.

I've also been removing falling trees at the edge of my property.  It's a somewhat wild area.  The tree trunks are about 1 foot in diameter and the trees are 30 feet tall.  The problem is about a dozen of them were leaning severely, to the point of falling, and I'm concerned about safety once the rains start.  During the past 2 weeks, I removed about 8 trees.  Another 4 need to go, but I need to wait until the sweet corn is done, because that's where they will fall.  I don't want to leave work to be done, so I cut them up for firewood, stacked them, and next need to take the brush to the yard waste recycling center to be chopped and composted.

Some flowers.  My experimental annual flower garden.  mostly zinnias, four oclocks, and cosmos.  The marigolds didn't do as well, and the gladiolas are done.

Some veggies.  Daikon, Chinese cabbage, Chinese radish, and turnips.

Some sweet corn.  I LOVE sweet corn.

Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 1:05pm

Kathy, partly because I'm usually working alone, I don't bother with ladders.  I use a ten-foot pole saw.  Very handy.  You can buy the head (toothed blade and fitting) and attach it to your own pole yourself.  Not hard to do and not expensive. Here's that pruned up maple from another angle.  That one lower branch to the left should go, too, but I can't quite reach it with the saw.  Need a ladder and a friend to hold it.) and


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