Category Archives: How Things Grow

2519 Is Just 500 Years Away

Soaking soybeans is an artful practice. The beans are so peaceful, resting in the quiet water. I let them soak overnight in gently running water. It’s just the slightest of streams falling into the pot, not even making a ripple, … Continue reading

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Daffodil Yellow

The forecast is for colder weather with snowflakes, but the daffodils pay no heed. They’re opening their bright yellow petals despite the nippy air. The chickens love any day I make tofu. They pace back and forth by the cabin, … Continue reading

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World Famous Airborne Moss Gardens

A narrow strip of land from northern California to southwestern British Columbia is the home of the only palmatum group of maples found outside of Asia, Acer circinatum – Vine Maple. How did they get here? Seeds carried on winds … Continue reading

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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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