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Bits and Pieces in NorCal -- Tuesday, October 8th


Our front yard is beginning to sport some autumn leaf color.  So pretty to look at.

Spotted this gorgeous red tree in Grass Valley today.  We saw many like this in the area.

 One of our native Dogwood trees is exchanging green leaves for red.

 Grass Valley/Nevada City are flagrantly blushing!

 This Burning Bush (Euonymus) takes the cake, color-wise, in my opinion.  This is next on my list to plant.

Our first planting in the keyhole garden!  Yesterday we added several wheelbarrows full of organic garden soil mixed with spent mushroom straw to bring the soil level up to where it should be.  Bought two pony-paks of lettuces, plus green onions, and onion sets at Peaceful Valley and I planted them this afternoon.  Covered everything lightly with rice straw.  Our weather forecasters predicted rain for tomorrow, but on tonite's news, they backed off on the possibility.  Heck... looks like I'll be using that hose!  (That's a piece of coconut fiber on top of the compost well.  It is NOT a hunk o' bear skin!)

7 comments:

  1. Love those Motherlode sweet gums, liquid amber. In Sonora they were the most amazing colors. Thebpistache are gorgeous too. Love your keyhole gardens.

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    1. No pistache! We planted European White Birch in the front yard. How about that Burning Bush? Thanx for the keyhole gardens thumbs-up!

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  2. So do you throw your organic waste into that well, and later mix it into the soil?

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    1. Basically, yes. When you water the compost, nutrients leach out onto the planted area, providing both water and "fertilizer." Cool, huh?

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  3. I really thought you were using an animal skin to keep other critters out. Home grown lettuce and onions....oh yum. How about some Kale?

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  4. LOVE the burning bush, you definitely need to plant one!

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