Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2017 at 2:29pm

Kathy, what did it take for you to heal your torn ligament in your ankle? That must have been awful! Can you describe your treatment and how long it took to heal? Did you have surgery? 

I don't mind surgery at all, it is just all the checks and re-checks that concern me. My little bedroom suits me just fine and the trouble getting me in the car is hard on Larry. I have been losing weight, so maybe it won't be so hard next time. Or maybe we can get Jared or Zac to do the lift.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thomas, I am very sorry you had "plantar fasciitis feet". What does that mean? Is it something one does or does not do, or something one inherits? How does one prevent it? or protect against having an event? 

I have worn orthopedic inserts for years and heavy "grandma" shoes for as long as I can remember. 

Can you describe your experience for me? What did you feel? How long before it healed? What treatment did you choose? Did you use exercise to speed healing? Did you have to have surgery? How was the outcome? 

The family brought in equipment to help me, i.e. wheelchair, and we brought out of storage the potty chair and cane.

I have what I call "Stations." I hop, roll, scoot, and limp from one station to the next without help from anyone. That pleases me. However, there are things I can't do, i.e. get into my closet, empty my honeypot, bring in my meals. Oh! Pooh! This part is hard for me to ask others to do for me. 

Laura and Larry, Laurie and Zac, Michelle and Jared, and all six great-grandkids help me. Almost three-year-old Brooklyn caught me a toad for our greenhouse to cheer me up. Toads like the crickets and flies that gather there; jeez, they are ugly!


Comment by kathy: ky on July 7, 2017 at 1:28pm
I have a few blackberry canes. But they are very small. Almost like a bush. I picked a handful of ripe ones a couple days ago and they are so sour you can't eat them. That must be why the birds didn't eat them :)
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2017 at 11:53am

Randy, I'm glad you have someone with you picking berries.  

My raspberries are still producing on last years canes.  Another month and I'll have a good harvest on this years canes.

My blackberries haven't started yet.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 7, 2017 at 10:41am

Raspberry season is over. Now, it's time for blackberries. My grandson ate the one and only ripe one so far! He's only 7, but loves to pick berries with me. And I love having him with me.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2017 at 1:16pm

Spud, I think the wild cherry might have them, but not the Montmorency and sweet cherries.  The birds are the biggest problem, and deer eating any branches below 5 feet.  I am going to up-prune my two newest sweet cherries, now that they are taller, for easier maintenance.  I tried to grow bush cherries - Romeo, Juliet, Carmine Jewel -but the one I planted got canker and died.  Canker is a disease that, in my yard, either a plant variety gets it, or doesn't.  No use trying one that won't survive my climate.  Bush cherries were compelling idea because I could cover the whole bush with a net, easily.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2017 at 1:05pm

Daniel, do you have cherry fruit flies?  I removed all my cherry trees because once the fruit flies found them (in year 3), every cherry had a fruit fly worm in it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2017 at 1:02pm

I used to like birds before I grew fruit.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2017 at 12:57pm

The actual pie cherries (Montmorency and Surefire) had minimal amounts.  We have a wild cherry that I suspect is a devolved type of sweet cherry, although they are even smaller, and more sour.  Very big tree.  And some sweet cherry trees that have been producing big bowls of cherries for two weeks.  I collected enough pie cherries and wild cherries for 3/4 of a pie, and added sweet cherries for the rest.  It's baking now.

Some of the persimmons have set fruit, hallelujah.  Starting to see some fruit set on tomatoes, peppers blooming.  Sweet corn is more varied in size and vigor, not sure how that will turn out.

One of the new chestnut trees is growing like crazy, 2 feet of growth, one intermediate, and one added maybe 3 inches.  I might buy another new one this winter and replace the slow one.  Life is too short to wait.

A bird ate my first, highly nurtured and babied, blackberry.  I added some screening, we'll see if they eat more before I get to taste one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 4, 2017 at 5:17am

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!  Hope I never have a torn ligament.


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