Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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 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

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2017 at 12:50pm

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. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2017 at 12:25pm

Don, beautiful scenes of your three birches throughout the year! You give us very nice scenes that lift my spirits and encourage me.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2017 at 12:24pm
It would add to the breeze that can't get through the trees and open up more space to the sun. Our house sits in a little level hollow surrounded by slopes on three sides. But we're on a hill so drainage isn't a problem.
I can't wrap my head around the difference in our growing seasons. The fruits and vegetables that a lot of you are just getting have came and gone in this area. Ky is wrapping up the growing season except for late crops of corn and tomatoes. And it's planting time for late broccoli and greens if we don't turn hot and dry. I don't recall anyone mentioning cauliflower. I always have good luck with it. I still pin the outer leaves up even though most of it is self blanching now. The people I know who don't pin the leaves usually have tougher cauliflower.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2017 at 12:14pm
Don, what a wonderful idea. I have several trees that need pruning on some lower branches. But I'm not tall enough to reach them and the ground is so sloped a ladder would be dangerous. I need to get the man who's been tending the yard since my husband became ill to cut them off.
Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:53am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2017 at 10:47am

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.

Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:40am

Garlic scapes . . .

Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:31am

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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