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This Year’s Garden! July 26, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Dinner with TCR.
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Gardening this year has been an uphill struggle; The Ladies built raised beds last year, which has helped tremendously by containing the produce and excluding the weeds, but the lack of rain has necessitated putting a chunk of each day into keeping my efforts from turning to dust.

So Tuesday’s rain was a great relief, and the garden rejoiced:

The watering system I rigged up sat blissfully idle today.  Thank You, Father Sky.

Our garden is a mix of what we planted and the “volunteers” which appeared as a result of last year’s reseeding (we’re going with a no-till model, and just being grateful when Free Stuff shows up!  🙂 )

Among the volunteers are carrots (which provided nice white flowers but no carrots to speak of,) onions, garlic, leeks, some kind of vining things which might or might not be pumpkins (half the fun is the expectant waiting,) and two little trees in the mid-ground which I think are apricots – again, time will tell!  😆

So far we’ve harvested and enjoyed rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, snow peas, beans (green, yellow and purple,) squash (summer, delicata and zucchini,) purple potatoes (more volunteers!) cucumbers, broccoli, kale and rainbow chard – I’m growing leaves!!

And we have flowers interspersed, some (such as the marigolds and aliums) as companion planting for pest control, and some just for eye-candy.  Glads:

…and zinnias:

The rain really freshened them up, and they were a joy to photograph:

We’ll have sunflowers later on, but right now they’re just buds:

We’ve been sharing our bounty with a fat little woodchuck (she and I have a love/hate relationship,) but there’s still as much as  I can eat and more.

Thank you Mother Earth; Thank you Father Sky.

Stormy Weather. May 7, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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It’s been raining a lot here this past week.

Now, I’m not complaining – Spring rains give us wildflowers and fresh green grass ad the promise of a bountiful garden.

But I’m struggling to keep our lawn mowed and get that garden into the ground without wallowing in mud; I guess my idealized vision of the bucolic country life is being challenged.

Ah well, history recalls that the lawn will  get mowed and the garden will  get planted, and in the interim I can pass the time wandering the countryside looking for emotionally kinetic vistas to photograph, such as this storm flowing along the northern horizon, dropping its liquid gold on the fertile fields of Franklin County:

The view from the fallow corn fields south of the Northampton Airport.

Now I’m off to dump a bucket of compost onto the heap where the garden is supposed to be, and if my shoes aren’t soaked by the time I get there, I’ll be firing up the ride-on mower; if they are  wet, I’ll just have to fire up the Toyota and go look for consolation prizes.


A Couple Of Images. June 2, 2008

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I have a backlog of just-ok photos I’m about to shit-can (that’s techie talk, you know) and I sorta salvaged a couple I found interesting despite their dearth of technical merit.

Here’s a dreamy shot of a wood mite deep in the throat of an iris in my back yard:

I always liked these brilliantly colored little guys (and gals,) despite the fact that they actually bite! Good thing they’re only the size of a fleck of cayenne pepper, or we’d all be in trouble!

And here’s a shot of one of the mullien plants in my garden, after a night of showers:

They’re all volunteers, but I like them enough to either plant around them or, in one instance, move it into a grouping.

More on The Garden soon!