I rarely fail to smile when looking at our gaillardia. Cheerful, bright bursts of sunshine at ground level. Sometimes I get down to their level to better appreciate their beauty.
Our potato box was very productive. Last spring we started our potatoes in this approximately 3′ x 3′ box. As the vines grew we added boards to the box frame, layer by layer, and piled in straw with each layer until the straw was about 15″ deep. I harvested the bounty today and reaped about ten lbs. of potatoes and there may be even more below the level I dug to. Ten lbs. is certainly not enough to last all winter but we now have the confidence of knowing the method works for us. The earth I turned over is amazingly rich in organic matter, earthworms, and other good stuff. I suspect we’ll try again next year.
taken and posted with the PlayBook
Stella lays on the deck, surveying the entire backyard. In the background, Achilles lays on his own. He is the most independent dog of our three. He can be content to be on his own, sometimes out in the backyard for an hour.
Different dogs, good dogs, our cattle dogs.