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Monday, November 12, 2012

good morning! its raining gently outside which is just perfect. yesterday afternoon we worked in the pasture--pulling up mulch that had covered some walkways. then rob ran the tiller through lightly and we sowed winter rye in that section. a gentle rain is exactly what was needed. this section is slated to become the resurrection of our food garden. as i focus more strictly on late daylilies i don't need as much room to grow daylily plants, and i really want to get back into growing our own food. so right now i have a section that is about 14 x 50 feet to start. next spring i may relocate another row of daylilies which will give me about another 5 feet of width in that area. i am reading a book about a garden method called "grow biointensive" that has as its ultimate goal to produce enough food to live off of for a year in a limited space in a "closed system" model, where nothing is brought in from the outside, and very little supplemental water is needed. it will take a few years to be able to fully implement the model, but i really like the idea of it.
and we had some excitement last night. we had just sat down to our usual sunday supper--frozen thin crust pizza and salad--when there was a big crash. the high winds blew a very large tree down and it crossed almost the entire highway. since it was dusk, the visibility was fading fast and this was a clear traffic hazard. i called 911 and then went out and moved rob's car to the roadside near the tree and put the emergency flashers on, hoping people would slow down and give themselves enough time to see and react to the tree. a few nerve wracking moments later a police car arrived and he set up on one side of the tree with his lights flashing. i took a lantern down on the other side and stood in my neighbors driveway and swung the light at oncoming cars so they would know to slow down. then a second police officer came and blocked the other side of the tree so we could move our car back into the drive and go inside. a fire crew came out and very quickly moved the tree and all was well. a man stopped and thanked me for putting the car flashers on--said he would have hit the tree if not for that, so i was glad what i did was a help. the other family member grateful for the excitement was shambles, who ate my salad while it was all going on!
have a great day, everyone!
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    A VERY foggy morning here! I cannot see the houses around me at all, just a soft glow from their porch lights. It's actually very pretty, and I am glad I do not have to drive in it! That is some excitement you had! Was this a tree from your property? It's sad to lose a tree, but, especially after the storms we just went through, I'm a big advocate for pro-active tree health! I've always been interested in the idea of crop rotation. Farmers knew what to do with their crops so that their soil wouldn't be leached out of all the necessary minerals/nutrients every season. They also knew to let a field go "fallow" so it could rest. Is there a similar rotation that you can set up with vegetables? Hmm..a thought. Now might be the time to start buying pressure cookers and water bath canners. The prices might be better on them now, versus the late spring.
    1928 days ago
    you had a busy day and evening I am glad you thot to move the car and put the flashers on
    1928 days ago
    good job being a good person really is a great feeling. good luck with the garden.
    1928 days ago
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