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Gardening shares with Thanksgiving a spiritual aesthetic that most will acknowledge but many find difficult to articulate. I was struck by a comment of contemporary author Anne Lamott, who said that“(writing) motivates you to look closely at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”
I would suggest that gardening provides that "look-closely" opportunity as well. Bent over, on hands and knees, the task demands total attention. Is there a benefit to this sort of total mindfulness other than a sunburned neck and a growing pile of weeds? more
Just a peek at the 'business' of producing seeds commercially. Read this interesting 'history' of Park Seeds under the Plants tab.
Do you wonder how to recognize GMO produce in the fresh food section of the grocery store? Click on the Foods tab for information to give meaning to the ID numbers
Rapid City Garden Club’s 52nd Annual Christmas Wreath and Centerpiece Sale will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Canyon Lake Senior Center, 2900 Canyon Lake Drive, in Rapid City. Wreaths, centerpieces, mailbox covers, etc. are handmade from greens gathered in the Black Hills. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, call Betty Wagner at 716-0744.
(For pictures of the handwork and the skilled Rapid City Garden Club members who fashion the festive greenery, click on the Clubs tab and look under Rapid City Garden Club.)
Plants, holidays, and gift-giving. ‘Pass-along’ plants remind us of the donor. Many years ago I received a strangely elegant houseplant known familiarly as a ‘pregnant onion.’ The fact that its botanical name is albuca bracteata adds little to its charm. But the fact that the plant was a gift from the late Alice Smith, a gardening and writing friend who lived in Hill City gives it great value to me. more
Trees and shrubs for $1 seems like a throwback to an earlier period, but Black Hills gardeners can order these from the Pennington County Conservation District for planting at home or property. See order form on this site, or call (605) 342-0301, ext. 3.
Trees include Black Hills Spruce and Ponderosa Pines, as well as Apricot and Crabapple. Some perrennials are also available, such as Feather Reed Grass, Black-Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, and Prairie "Upright Yellow" Conflower at $2.
Do you need guidance on correct care of storm damaged trees? more (lots of color photos
Many words come to mind to describe the early October, 2014 blizzard. The one that fits for me is ‘surreal’, which generally describes a 20th century avant-garde approach to art and literature,and which features irrational juxtaposition of images. more.
When the temperature shifts from warm to cool, it engages all manner of fleeting delights. We enjoy watching the Virginia Creeper vines in the trees turn burgundy as flocks of birds come to feast on the ripening berries. I wander through the gardens, tea in hand, doing a casual summary of the summer garden activity. more
Autumn has arrived in the garden. The autumnal equinox arriving on September 23, along with presumably atavistic cues like cooling sun rays, soft-edged air, ripening fruit, and plants setting seed conspire to re-set my personal garden clock. I no longer panic if the entire garden is not watered by early morning. more
Thanksgiving Musings. Our family’s experience living in cultures where the primary was the placing of seed in soil certainly changed how I see Thanksgiving. I am profoundly grateful for seed and those who care for it.
I know that the vigor of the seed depends on the vigor of the soil and the activity of a myriad of microscopic critters whose life cycles and chemical abilities contribute mightily to the soil. And there are the soil creatures we can see: crickets, centipedes, millipedes, ants, and more. But what I love to see are the worms. more
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Felling hung-up trees with chainsaw Trees are down everywhere in the Black Hills after the recent crippling snowstorm. YouTube is full of how-to videos for those who don't have experience using chainsaws. Most people have to start somewhere to gain experience, then keep at it to gain confidence.
Trees that get hung-up or tangled with other trees at the top are very common--and potentially more dangerous than other cuts. Chainsaws can become more "pinched" or stuck in the tree. Online videos can come in handy: Hung-up tree video