Category Archives: How Things Grow

Don’t Do in Seconds What You Can Spend Months Doing

The mushrooms are happy about the soaking fall rains. Humans would never think to turn the process of decomposing wood into something so wondrous. Our approach would be dousing wood in caustic chemicals to get rid of it in nanoseconds, … Continue reading

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No More Lasts

On these frosty mornings, the cherry blossoms are coated with tiny beads of ice. Not a showy cherry tree, no spectacular spring show of flowers, this cherry which blooms off and on throughout the year, and especially in the fall … Continue reading

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Asparagus Gold, Birds of Peace

Between passing Pacific storms, the clouds gave way to blue, November skies yesterday. The sunlight this time of year is soft and welcome. Those assigned to make up names of colors for paint swatches must love these late fall days. … Continue reading

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For the Love of Water

We got a larger, deeper water tank for the ducks and they are in heaven. The first thing they do when I let them out in the morning is rush over to the new tank for a morning swim. Actually, … Continue reading

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Beans Worthy of the Gods

My first picking of Shirohana-mame 白花豆 is an offering worthy of the gods. This year they ripened too late for the farmers markets, which means, we will have to eat them all by yourselves. Worse tragedies have befallen this world. … Continue reading

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The Start of a New Garden Year

It’s garlic planting time. In a way this first planting for next year’s garden has the feel of the start of a new year. The soil is already cool, and I wonder how it is that garlic thrives underground in … Continue reading

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Happy Weather for Happy

It’s impossible to complain about this fall weather. Each day brings more sunshine and more brilliant foliage to enjoy. The forecast is for more extended rain starting Thursday, so until then, we’ll enjoy each gorgeous fall day. And so will … Continue reading

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