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our garden is organic.  what goes into the soil is all organic, compost, alphalpha, peat, and organic fertilizers.  our soil is mostly clay and previous non organic additions, aka rubbish are still being removed after 35 years of gardening.  we have a compost pile at the back of the garden where we recycle yard and kitchen waste.  water is provided in birdbaths for three seasons.  and the raspberry bed and even the daylily beds provide a brush area where insects can reside.  fennel and wild carrot attract beneficial insects.  someone in the area keeps honey bees and they like to visit. and just down the street is our county metro parks.  all of these things combine so that we see quite a bit of nature wandering through.  toads, worms, beetles and all sorts of creatures are attracted to the compost pile throughout the year.  we occasionally see the large gardener snake.  lantana and butterfly weed attract the flutterbys.  all in all there is usually something to see besides the plants in the garden.

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and claw of –  hey wait a minute.  that is some other recipe.  in the garden it is strictly a pinch of pollen.  sometimes the bees will sneak into the act.  it is sometimes slow process of bringing the qualities and colors of many different flowers into one.  an organic poem that has its own rhyme and meter.  and the composition fades each night and is reborn again the next day.  this is another look at a seedling or a sibling from the other day.   perhaps another night i will collect some of the parents that went into this beauty.  for now the seedling is more than enough.   three images and a bit of dreaminess….

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14-107 Sky Captain x 11-0805-A Adeline Goldner x (Monster x Lavender Branch)

14-107 Sky Captain x 11-0805-A Adeline Goldner x (Monster x Lavender Branch)

Charlotte’s brood

the hose caddy was a nursery.  most of the nursery was moved to the Canadian Hemlock tree  and the hose caddy has made its crumbling way to the trash heap.  of course it was quite a pleasant surprise to find Charlotte’s brood there on the handle of the hose caddy.  i have no idea what variety arachnid Charlotte was.  you can make your best guess from the image what her brood will become.   i am not an arachnid expert.  other than knowing that they are welcome and most definitely belong in the garden.  we are about two miles south of lake Erie.  that means there are an abundance of insects that live around the lake.  and unlike the deer there are an abundance of predators to feast on this bounty.  arachnids, odonates, chiroptera, and avians the list goes on and on.  this morning i saw a very slow predator in the garden.   a leopard, just not the kind you might suppose.  it is a limax maximus.  all part of the garden.  a healthy garden.  my kinda garden.  so without further ado Charlotte’s brood.  i hope to see a few of them later in the season.  and if they should make you cringe remember they are a part of the package.  so just take a step back and enjoy them from a safe distance.  and if you find yourself thinking this list is harmful please take a moment and take a careful look at the alternatives.  and reconsider…

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it is a lawn.  it is not just grass.  and i like it that way.  we don’t use chemical additives.  and we really don’t bother fertilizing either.  mowing will control the lawn.  and we enjoy a blend of other plants.  so we do not panic at the sight of dandelions, violets, or clover.  and while it is not the first it is one it is a forerunner.  the season of little white and pink lawn flowers is upon us.  and the bees will be happy to find them.  and i will be happy to see the bees working the lawn.  it should be more than a path between the flower beds.

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it is dark, come in from the garden . . .

this year’s seedling bed is getting closer and closer to being ready to plant.   all of the old plants are moved out.  lots of weeds and tree roots have been ejected.  and the damp soil is step by step getting drier and being groomed free ( or nearly so ) of weeds so that the seeds will have a fighting chance.  as mentioned before the garden is mostly organic so the only weed killer applied is the two legged variety carrying a hoe.  it is not always pretty, and it is never completely weed free, still it works.  and it makes for good compost and better soil texture.  and most years there are more than enough daylily seedlings to keep me busy in the garden.  now to rustle up a picture or two…

some of these will become apples.  and some will not…

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in the garden

This afternoon there was time to finish emptying the compost pile.   The compost and soil went into the holding bin.  It will be spread around the garden next spring.  The empty compost bin got a few minor repairs and will soon be ready for a fresh supply of garden waste, raked up autumn leaves and what ever vegetative matter becomes available.   For me that list of available matter includes sticks, twigs, and even larger branches.  Most composting guides do not recommend wood and branches.  The reason is the decaying wood grabs up available nitrogen.   Most of the twigs and branches here are dead falls from the trees.  They are half rotted already and compost fairly quickly.  The larger sticks and branches get tossed back into this year’s new compost pile.  They server to inoculate the new compost pile along with a dose of the freshly harvested compost.  This method may not work every where.  Composting does vary by climate and soils.  However this method works for me in my garden.  Soil is a rich complex living colony of many many organisms.   And the decomposing branches add to the complexity.  Reading about the GMO industry after working with rich organic soil is a study in opposites.  A very disturbing one.  The quality of our water, soil, and air is something we should never take for granted.   Here is a picture of a twisted plant.  Except this one is twisted naturally.   Not by poisons in the soil.  It is a clump of Talon bloom scapes.  Something that is twisted yet safe to enjoy.  And if you missed the reblog of the-fight-of-our-lives from Day by Day the Farm Girl Way please check it out.   There may be a good use of GMOs but what they are doing today to our agriculture is not it.


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