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Garden and nature ramblin'. What else on a late Fall day?

Posted Friday, December 2, 2011, at 4:16 PM

The middle earth garden 'reloaded'
If we are all lucky, I will hold this to a few hundred words, but it has been building up for a wqhile so..... here goes.

First, I took in the beauty of this day during lunch. While I am not a fan of Winter, it was just hard to miss that it was super outside today. Cool but clear and certainly sunny.

While standing in the midst of my wood chip garden (formerly the mid-earth garden) I was listening to the sounds and sights of what city folks would call NOTHING. But it really wasn't silent, nor was it boring as some might guess.

Birds were bouncing all over the place, some floating high up and other flittering among the bushes. A jet was making its way across the sky and I thought back to September 11th and the days following when I actually missed their presence. Squirrels were fussing at the hawk way above and the hawk was making its own song.

Then I thought of man's ability to fly and what a big advance that was so many years ago, until I noticed a little (I mean tiny) green spec floating past me on the breeze. It was a tiny green spider on its big adventure somewhere.

Early December, temps in the 40's and here comes a spider floating at least 25 yards away from the next tallest thing, so it was not still attached to something, it was flying like the "big boys" in their planes. I could see the next Walt Disney movie.

Then my eyes fell on a green patch you can see in the picture I attached. The one spot I have not spread chips and the reason is that I want to see how long the cilantro, fennel, bok choy and wildflowers are able to survive in the upcoming winter.

Yesterday morning we saw 22 degree weather and a heavy frost, yet these plants are still going strong. I even have sunflowers planted by the birds that, while a little freeze burned, are still able to grow if it stayed warm.

Spiders, cats purring by my feet, me and the jet. What a diverse group. Then it occured to me how some folks think all of this (not the jets) started from a few molecules in the mud back during prehistoric times.

They are incredulous that people of faith believe in creation and I am incredulous that they believe so many MANY wonders in this world just happened. I cannot fathom it.

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Oh by the way, the wire and glass in the far left side of the garden picture is the cold frame I built to try beets, bok choy, carrots and Michili cabbage during the winter.

They are growing fine and even have some dill in there that I could not find heart to pull. I may even put some catnip in there since it seems to be in such demand here on the hill.

The glass is two single pane windows. It would hae been nice it was double-paned but...

The wire is actually a pasture gate laying on top of it and it is there for one basic reason. PITA. While I tried to put enough angle on the glass to discourage walking on it, I did not trust our galloping horse from getting carried away during her exercise periods.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 2, 2011, at 4:22 PM


Steve being alone in nature and enjoying the sounds that few people take time to hear let alone enjoy, is one of the best things in life. Using nature and not abusing or wasting it, is in God's plan. Thanks for your insight and ability to share it.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Sat, Dec 3, 2011, at 5:52 AM

Having grown up on a farm-I miss the sights/sounds/smells of Earth itself. The rustle of leaves and seeing a chipmunk or a field mouse scurrying away.

We get too busy often and forget to stop and feel His presence and marvel at His Creation.

-- Posted by ckna910 on Sat, Dec 3, 2011, at 6:23 AM

Speaking of smelling the earth, the first turning of the garden soil for the year is strangely comforting. Probably from childhood days in early Spring, but it has stayed with me for 60+ years. I won't say how many pluses ;-)

These past two windy days have also been invigorating in their own way. I love most weather occurrences except the truly destructive kind. I probably would enjoy them if I knew everyone would be safe.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 7:26 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.