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Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2017 at 6:16pm

Chris, I know that we can only have good in life, if we accept loss.  I'm just not sure I want go through that loss again after this one.  It would be OK if I just woke up one day and found he died in his sleep.  Deciding how much suffering I'm willing to put him through before ending his life is a whole other grief.  Im glad you have Luna there too.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2017 at 12:00pm

I can imagine, it´s hard to help them to the end, but who would love them if we didn´t?We´re still recovering from Dido´s goodbye, but even so I´m very glad that Luna stays with us. Give Charlie my best wishes and a hug.

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2017 at 9:41am

Charlie is still keeping me company, but he's slowed to an almost crawl.  I don't know if, after him, I will get another dog.  It's too hard watching them decline and all that entails.  Enuf said.  I still love him.

Back to the garden, yesterday I planted about half of the daylily seedlings that I started during the winter.  During the summer, I hybridized among my favorite varieties, pollenizing different shapes and colors together.  I've read some about color dominance, so I have an idea what to expect but there can be surprises.  It's a fun project.  Let the seed pods mature until dry on the plant, pick them, take out the seeds.  Place in wet but not dripping paper towel, in zip lock bag, in fridge, for one month.  Take them out, rinse off any mold or mildew, place in a fresh wet paper towel in zip lock bag in warm place.  They germinate in a week or two, then plant in seed starting medium.  I planted about 8 per 4-inch plastic pot.  Grow until they look sturdy, then plant outdoors.  They may need 2 years to bloom. I did this last year, but rabbits ate them.  This year they are protected in a vegetable garden bed.

Also planted the first batch of sprouted potatoes, and the first onion seedlings, and some onion sets that I broke down and bought but wish i didn't because they are sprouted in the box.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 2, 2017 at 8:03am

Great stories. I never fails to astound me as to what my dog, Dot, understands. I tell you, animals are a lot smarter than many human animals I know.

Tom (or do you prefer Thomas?), it's amazing how fast hummingbirds go through sugar water in my feeder. Sugar costs me a fortune!

Comment by kathy: ky on March 1, 2017 at 9:53pm
Joan, I'm so happy that you are content. Your situation sounds wonderful. A nice home, surrounded by family. Snug in the winter. And Dominic ! We had a dog that we had to spell so many words in front of. Until he learned to spell :)
I remarked to my daughter one day that I needed to give ROC a b-a-t-h.
A few minutes later I went to the bathroom and there he sat in the tub waiting for his b-a-t-h. Lol. That boy loved his bath's :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2017 at 6:26pm

Oh!, I am having the same feelings now as I had last spring when everyone had blossoms and birds flying in. We still have a foot of snow on the ground and expect snow for the next seven days. I haven't seen my Spokane garden since last autumn and I don't think I want to visit there now. I am very content here; beautiful fir trees, fresh snow to cover dirty snow, lots of company. 

I am grateful that I had those 41 years to create an outstanding garden. I am delighted to be with my family on a daily basis. I have access to liberal, progressive, atheists on the internet. I have no reason to be gloomy because I no longer have the life I had.

I have Dominic by my side all day and night. He escorts me everywhere. He makes me laugh. His vocabulary grows so quickly, I am sure he understands more of what we say than we think he does.

 

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 1, 2017 at 6:16pm

Thanks Kathy,

I'll follow your advice abt the Hummingbird feeder. I'll buy just one for now and if many do show up ill buy another.

Good thing we do not have cats around here.........nasty creatures *snicker*

Comment by kathy: ky on March 1, 2017 at 5:43pm
There's also a vining plant called a hummingbird vine. The birds love it but it can become a little invasive if you down keep then thinned out.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 1, 2017 at 5:39pm
Forsythia, tulips, daffodils, star mango, crocuses ...they just keep on coming. We had a bad storm last night with tornados touching down in a couple of surrounding counties. And states. When I was out picking up the smaller branches in the yard I noticed the hard rain had pushed the hostas on through the ground. Yesterday morning I could just see a few tips through the ground in different places. Seems most of the fifty+ of them are up at least three inches now.
Thomas, like the rest, I agree with black plastic. I used clear once because I already had some and the weed's thrived beneath it.
Hang hummingbird feeders. I started putting them out years ago. The first year or two I'd only see an occasional hummingbird at them. After a few years they would come and land on the branches waiting for the feeders to be put out. I leave mine out later than most people do. Some believe leaving the feeders out to long makes stops the humming birds from migrating. I have a book on them that advises leaving them out for any stragglers that may be injured or have been blown off course by a storm. When the birds haven't used them for a month I take them in.
Comment by Thomas Murray on March 1, 2017 at 4:51pm

Concerning seeds......

Which website have a good collections of seeds and hard to find seeds to order and buy...can anybody recommend some?

 

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