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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Laura and Larry tell me the greenhouse tomatoes develop nicely and do not begin to show any color. Larry has water timers for the beds and tomatoes get plenty of regular water, but not soaked. I don't know what else survived; probably kale, possibly dill and cilantro.
That soil is so rich it is a joy to get my hands into. I hope my foot heals enough so I can go out there and do a big of digging.
I started some corn in the greenhouse hoping to extend the growing season. Unfortunately, I didn't get the seedlings planted out in the raised beds Larry & Travis made for me in the meadow. I don't know how they are doing growing up in the greenhouse.
Travis built a brick walk from the greenhouse to the shed so that I didn't have to walk in the mud. Our very wet spring did not cause my any problems. Since my foot gave out on me, I don't go outside except on the driveway. I don't want to get grass and sand on my wheelchair mechanisms.
The strong young men took me to the greenhouse on July 4 and that was a very special treat for me.
Daniel, do you have your bamboo contained or do they grow freely? Are they a bother to manage? I like the look of bamboo in the garden and they last surprisingly long. I buy the long ones and as the ends that go into the dirt weaken, I saw them off and use on shorter plants. I get years of use out of mine.
Thomas - It was actually my first time up there. There was a lot of information in the visitors' centers about the recovery of various life forms.
Do you go to St Helen's once in a while? I think it is an amazing opportunity to photo document the return of life since the eruption in 1980.
Daniel, that's a beautiful rock garden and sun room.
Spud, I was also surprised to learn that 57 people had been killed. I hadn't remembered it was that many. It was a phenomenal amount of destruction in a very short time.
Bertold, beautiful flowers with volcano in background. It triggered me to read about the volcano on Wikipedia. I didn't know it was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed.
Daniel, your garden in front of the sunroom just sparkles! I see the daylilies and wonder if you have Stella de Oro daylily?
We don't have any on this place, and I want to bring in some of them. They are drought tolerant and like sandy soil, as do most daylilies. Driving to the hospital in Newport last week, or was it more, there was Stella de Oro all over the town.
I see your sedum, so healthy and tall. I will have to bring some cuttings from my garden.
Randy, I can't find anyplace here on L&L Acres that would be good for blueberries, the ground is too dry, and water too dear to bring them onto the place. I, too, go the farmer's markets for berries. Well, I don't go this year, but family members go.
The grass in the forest turns brown as the soils dry up. Everyone clears slash and grass. We have a big riding brush cutter and go between the trees in the forest. The kids pull out the big wood chunks & mark the tree trunks before the brush cutter does its job.
Great photos (as usual).
Just caught a mole tunneling, grabbed a shovel, and flipped it out. Dot (dog) grabbed it and took off. Dead or alive now?
Picked all my gooseberries, but there's not enough for a pie. So I think I'll mix blackberries with them. Should be good.
While mushrooming last spring, I came across several wild gooseberry bushes in the woods. So two days ago I returned to see if there were any. Much to my disappointment, I found only one.
And last week, I went to my local blueberry farm to pick blueberries. The mosquitoes were awful, as were the Japanese beetles, but the berries were good. I picked $19 worth (@ $2.39/lb). I've about given up growning my own bushes. The pickin' place is only 8 miles away, so it's not like I'm driving a hundred miles or anything.
Daniel, I've been eating my SIL's sweet corn for a week now! Mine is just now tasseling.
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