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More garden ramblingsPosted Saturday, December 27, 2008, at 9:44 AM
I have not been as dedicated to submitting entries as I should, so the upcoming new year is as good as any excuse to try again. By the way, we ALL need to wish each other a GREAT New Year. It will certainly have its' challenges.
I know I have said this before, but if you REALLY REALLY want certain seeds for your garden this year, you might want to order early. Hard economic times have a way of increasing the interest in gardening, so they may sell out faster.
I spread the last of my collected grass clippings yesterday. They have been sitting in black plastic bags for months, so they were already well on their way to compost. I could use a bale or two of spoiled hay or straw, if anyone knows of some. You can never have enough.
I put aside some giant marigold plants for seeds. I am sure there are many already reseeded in the area, so these are for placement elsewhere. Marigolds are great companion plants for my veggies. Thanks to Mike who shared them with us during a gardening club meeting.
I also got the lawnmower out for a couple mulching runs over the wildflower bed. It runs along the whole length of the veggie garden.
I am afraid there will be many volunteer tomato plants in there next year since I threw the culls from the garden over there. Wish I could tell a tomato from a tomato, but that is part of the surprise. The hard part is not letting everyone grow.
There is a section at the bottom of this garden that our daughter designed to be a sitting area. It has an old claw-foot bathtub that we grow some water plants. I forgot the name, but they have spikes of blue flowers and are very prolific. I had to move them from our goldfish pond because they were taking over.
Anyway, no one sits down there anymore and I have been using the boxed in area as a compost catch-all. I am thinking about adding some more chips and compost and soil to make it another growing garden. The bath tub will harbor the frogs and toads I want for the garden area and maybe I will make it a summer home for some goldfish.
Now don't get to thinking that we have great beautiful gardens. They are functional and basic. I don't have enough energy or money to make them into showpieces.
Christmas Day was beautiful but these last few overcast and sometimes wet ones are not too bad either. I used the wet leaves to quiet my footsteps and took a "walk about" in the woods. Great way to observe nature and check for a few dead trees that I will bring in for the fire.
When I was young, I was not the most religious kid, but I loved nature. Living 6 miles out of town in those days was enough distance to force you to find your own entertainment instead of running with the kids from town. As I grew older, I marveled at the diversity of nature and it actually brought me closer to our creator.
Some people think that we who believe are not thinking logically amaze me when they can believe that one cell has created the amazing diversity in nature. One cell has created a male and female of each species, the unique intricacies of each living thing?
It is easier for me to believe in a creator than it is to believe the one cell theory. That not to say that things do not evolve, but they had to have had an intelligent creator.
Now I truly am rambling, so......I end.
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