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Fall Chores. Collecting Tree Leaves for Mulch. Blackberry Maintenance. 11.17.18
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.
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
Kathy, You are fortunate in having your ground on a hill. My home in Spokane was unique because the ground is an ancient pond bed. Years ago, the neighbor right behind me dug a well (this was before wells were prohibited). Neighbors reported that he never got to the bottom of the peat and acidic water filled the hole he dug. Peat makes poor drinking water.
I heard a climatologist reporting about the kind of weather we can expect in the next 20 years. He said it wouldn't be much that the year around temperature changes, but what changes that do occur will be sharp increases or decreases in barometric pressure, temperature, the wind, and water, in the form of rain or snow.
Don, beautiful scenes of your three birches throughout the year! You give us very nice scenes that lift my spirits and encourage me.
Yesterday I limbed up a young sugar maple in the field nearby to give it a more shapely aspect and to open up the view that I've been recording seasonally in a series of landscapes that center on three birch trees, a white birch in the foreground and two gray birch beyond it. The gray birch is a short-lived tree, and these are dying. The first image I took yesterday, after pruning.
Most people's vegetable gardens are out of view here as well, but some are in visible spots. I see several corn patches out in plain view.
I don't grow flowers because I have such a small space for garden, and I would rather use it for tasty things. However, I do enjoy people's flower beds when I'm walking.
Garlic scapes . . .
It's fun to check out the neighbors' gardens when you can. When I'm in town I sometimes take the time, but most people's vegetable gardens are out of view, in back yards and side yards. People tend to plant flowers on the street side. Along the rural roads, where I live, more gardens are in view, so I drive by slowly to see how they're doing. Some folks seem to have had more luck with tomatoes this year than I have. My vines are on the small side. I let them run, but usually that's no problem--smaller fruit but more of it. The staked tomatoes in other gardens look pretty good this year. I have staked my cherry tomatoes, though, along the front of the house, and they're starting to come in plentifully. Sweet 100s. My squash are looking great, finally, as are the onions and leeks. Everything is a little tardy, as we had such a cool, wet spring.
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