We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

The Growing Season Begins. Now.

Winter                                             Waning Moon of the Cold Month   -13 at 8 am today Just slept 11 hours.  After a two-hour nap.  And ten hours the night before.  My body is at work, fending off this chest cold I have.  I feel pretty good right now, but I don’t think it’s quite done.  Still, fluids, steam baths […]

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The Moon of Full Flower

Beltane                     Full Flower Moon The full flower moon rises tonight on beds full of daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and small blue flowers whose name I don’t recall.  The furled hosta leaves that come up in a tightly packed spiral have begun to uncurl.  Dicentra have full leaves now, though no flowers yet.   A few iris have […]

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Under the Lights

Spring            Waning Moon of Winds The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. – Walt Whitman Business meeting and plants this morning.  The business meeting went just fine, our financial management continues to work for us and not against us.  Wish I could say the same for the financial markets.  Sigh.  Decided to check.  […]

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One Place Above All Others

Imbolc       New Moon   (Moon of Winds) Kate’s making red velvet cupcakes for Anne’s birthday lunch tomorrow.  I finished cleaning out the hydroponics and will start later today planting huckleberry and mustard greens.  The leeks don’t have to go in the pot until next week or a bit after. When the arugula, pepper and lettuce plants […]

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Dis and Dat

Quick note:   Finally, after over 4 years I’ve cleared obstacles between garage bays, set up during and just before the renovation.  Much better. Today I also changed the nutrient solution in the hydroponics and tried again to the encourage the eggplants to fruit.  I now have several peppers at various stages of growth.  Very cool.  […]

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Two Little Peppers and How They Grew

34  bar steep rise 30.05  2mph W  Windchill 31  Samhain Last Quarter of the Dark Moon The big news!  I have two peppers emerging in my  hydroponic garden.  That means the fertilizing I’ve done has succeeded.  This is the first fruits I’ve been able to coax out of the hydroponics.  But, not the last. More […]

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Hydroponics, Pt. II

77  bar falls 29.72  2mph ENE dew-point 65  sunrise 6:11 sunset 8:24  Lughnasa Waxing Gibbous Corn Moon With Kate I decided on the next hydroponic plantings.  One bed of different lettuce varieties and the other, lower bed with a sausage like green tomato, Rainbow Chard, Red Buran peppers, sweet long peppers and an egg plant.  […]

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Dig In!

79  bar steady 29.88  3mph NNW  dew-point 56  sunrise  6:07 sunset 8:28  Lughnasa First Quarter of the Corn Moon  moonrise 1432  moonset 2259 More empathy for the sandhogs and ditch diggers from the old sod who threw the new sod.  The pit is down as far as I need to take it.  Kate and I […]

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An Appetite for Nutrient Fluid (not an alien)

56  bar steady 30.05 4mph N dew-point 43  Beltane, sunny and cool                           Waning Gibbous Hare Moons  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci Less is more -always; and explore constantly.  Mario Odegard, Viking Explorer and Woolly Mammoth Up earlier again this morning to take advantage of the cool temps.  Amended the […]

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Novels In Vitro

48  bar rises 29.83  1mph NW dewpoint 38  Beltane             First Quarter of the Hare Moon Once again the papers and books pile up while I focus on the task du jour, getting the garden planted, cleaned up, preened, weeded and planned. Significant news on the hydroponic front.  The heirloom tomato plant I’ve kept inside […]

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