What have I been doing all season?
Working backyard veggie patches, picking friendly orchard fruit, digging rocks on mountainsides, crafting small business web copy, perusing new poetry, and doing my best to stay informed on this wide wild world of ours.
Take a quick tour of my 2013 Pacific Northwest veggie garden:
I’m finally learning to use a pressure canner, and there’s been a lotta apple cake in my house this season. Next, I’ll try to make my first batch of apple cider vinegar. Less than 10 days till autumn! Time to sow winter crops and split firewood.
Poetry book review comin’ your way in a few days!
Cut it out!
welcome to the party – grab a shovel!
A happy intersection of events resulted in the planting of 15 trees at the homestead this March. Our new saplings were procured from the Pierce County Conservation District annual native tree and plant sale in Puyallup, Washington. I discovered their sale only just this year thanks to the magic and happenstance of the Internet.
These trees were lovingly planted during a wonderful spring rainstorm on March 14th, and with all the wet and wonderful forces of the waxing moon in Cancer to inspire them. Five Birches and ten Spruces are now growing where evergreens were removed some 15+ years ago by the original property owners. Our land is well suited to these tree species because it has lots of healthy, wet soil with good drainage.
If you follow the trio of trunks of the tallest hemlocks to the ground, you’ll see where the new trees are now tucked. The land dips down in the foreground, which will give the new trees a few years to get some height before the 10-year-old White pines, Douglas firs, Red cedars and Hemlocks overshadow them. The t-stakes visible in some of the pictures below were probably used for a horse corral; they will be reused in the future when we embark on the Great Chicken Adventure.
15 trees & 15 celebrations
1. For Mothers & Grandmothers: Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
2. For Fathers & Grandfathers: Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)
3. For the Festival of the Trees #58: celebrate tree celebrations!
5. For Arbor Day 2011: shovel-dance in the rain!
6. For the Spring Equinox: get out and dirty while robins sing the sun up.
7. For the International Year of Forests 2011: Forests for People! Reach into the Earth and connect.
8. Reparations: replace trees sacrificed for the foundation of a happy home.
9. Reparations: replace trees sacrificed for the satellite dish of an awesome internet connection.
10. Gratitude: give thanks for the gifts of health and friendship and work and fleeting wisdom.
11. Humility: give thanks for the gifts of lessons learned and challenges faced.
12. Friends Departed: sustain the memories of those who have shared their love and are now beyond us.
13. Friends Arrived: seed a little hope in the shade beneath a rock, see what grows out.
15. Just Because: because there is simply no such thing as ‘too many trees.’
Come out and party
with me! Soil your fingernails,
dig in, plant a tree!