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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2015 at 3:14am

Daniel, Larry said the apple tree had four different grafts on it, however, the apples tasted like Granny Smith. The skins are badly mottled, probably with fungus, but only the skins. I did not find one worm in the whole batch. The deer took some big nibbles of branches before Larry put pig-fencing up. 

Larry bought an apple peeler and it is a great help in peeling the two boxes of apples the kids picked off that young tree. 

Two coyotes were in the clover field the other day and Dominic chased them off. Larry thinks they were wolf pups because they were so bushy, and acted like young wolves. Travis tracked them and believes they were coyotes.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2015 at 3:00am

I planted the first seeds in the greenhouse on Sept. 8 and we had our first salad on Oct 4 and again tonight. Lovely flavors, mild and some spicy. The spinach is especially nice. I cut it just before serving dinner and make a lemon/olive oil dressing with a few herbs and spices. I don't want to overpower the new greens. So far, they have been delicious. I thought I planted bush beans and it appears they are viney ones. One side of the greenhouse has many bean plants climbing up the wall and falling over on each other. So far, no blossoms. I'll try again in the spring. Radishes of several kinds, many varieties of lettuce, grow quickly and taste good. The kale, carrots, beets have lovely growth and so far, they are not mature enough to eat. I'll thin the beets tomorrow and cook the greens. Cabbages look beautiful, especially the Bok Choy.

Sorry, I have no photos to send. I have been unable to send photos since I upgraded. Laura, Larry, or Michelle will help me when they have time. 

Laura takes care of everybody and we all depend on her for assistance. She carries the load very graciously, tending to her business, doing Larry's accounting for his business, helping with her grandkids when Michelle and Laurie need help. She is available for me whenever I ask her and she sometimes helps me when I don't ask. When a fire call comes in, she is often the first to respond. She is one remarkable lady. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2015 at 7:48am

Daniel, I see you have a new avatar. Also, some new garden blogs I'll have to check out.

Comment by Plinius on October 5, 2015 at 12:54am

Not into seclusion Randall. From the day my husband came home ill, we've been trying to analyze the situation that led to that - to prove workplace bullying is an enormous job... 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 3, 2015 at 7:26am

It's wonderful to hear from the two of you, Joan and Daniel. It appears many A/N stalwarts have gone into seclusion. I'm sorry you both are feeling a little under the weather. I'll be passing through your state on Oct. 15th as I take Amtrak's Empire Builder up and around the northern states and down to Sacramento to visit two of my children and one grandchild. 

Washington is one of 3 states I've never been to (Del. and Alaska). Looking forward to seeing the landscape. I'll wave as I pass through.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2015 at 1:13pm

I am in the process of canning our apple crop from our young tree. There are virtually no worms and I don't know why. Whatever Laura and the family did, worked. I'll have to find out what to do to keep the worms out. 

We are watering the big patches of clover Laura seeded. The plowed ground has a pretty green hue as clover seeds sprout. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2015 at 12:42pm

Randy, the dry weather has dried out the forest that surrounds my new home and many of the trees show distress from the drought. Fire in inevitable in forest areas; we lived in constant readiness to fight fires this summer. Thankfully, we got through the hot spell with no fires in Pond Oreille County Fire District 8. 

I have been clearing the boundary between the cleared land and forest area of slash. It is a slow process; I have cleared only about 50 feet and I have a long way to go. It is nice to have a project going. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2015 at 12:30pm

Daniel, I know what you mean by fatigue. I plan out my day with different projects and can only do one or two. We certainly are not 20 years old and have the right and perhaps the responsibility to embrace our fatigue. At least I don't feel guilty any more when I catch a nap, whether morning or afternoon. 

My great-grandkids tease me that I am the only one of the four generations who live on this place who takes naps. ZZZZZZZZZZ

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2015 at 12:21pm

Daniel, have you used the 7-foot high plastic netting to keep deer out? Also, have you tried electric fencing? 

I don't have a vegetable garden yet, here at Laura's, except what is growing in the greenhouse. The seeds sprout very quickly, grow fast and we will have a spinach feed very soon. 

I plan to have raised vegetable beds next summer. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 2, 2015 at 8:01am

I'm againin'. Garden cleanup, that is. Dug up some nice carrots and parsnips. Anybody else love parsnips like I do? Sun dried a mess of banana peppers. Next on the agenda is to dig up sweet potatoes. My red raspberries perked up after one and a half inches of rain two weeks ago. They're running out my ears. I've already made 3 gallons of raspberry wine.  One more garden thing: I had my first concord grapes this week. Waited 3 years. Seedy, but tasty.

 

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