Hope, Cloths, Hugelkultur

25 Feb

Let’s start with Hope. She’s hard to photograph. Just wants to be in my lap or in my face. She hasn’t learned (nor have I tried to teach) sit/stay.
Later, that will come later. Maybe.DSC00761


And two little cloths coming along. Slowly. Thinking about them as they are. Winter Forest. Winter Moon. DSC00751

And asking if they want to merge? DSC00753

And here–the growlight configuration. Didn’t have to build anything afterall. Just used a rack I picked up on the side of the road–a “curb alert” score.DSC00758

And so far, after a week, lettuce and cabbage are up. DSC00756

and all sorts of other herbs/plants started a few days ago. DSC00757

I’ve never used grow lights before. And have only had moderate success starting seeds inside. Usually the plants get leggy–way too leggy– and have to be babied along in the garden until they develop a backbone. I have hopes for these but still holding my breath. It’s pretty cold still and although it’s almost March, it’s premature to even begin hardening off. So. We’ll see.

But Saturday, with the help of the Dirt Devas–THIS grew up in the garden. It’s a BIG hugelkultur bed. For winter squash which will also be staked to gain vertical growing space. I’m hoping that 2 months will give it time to settle and percolate a bit.hugelkultur bed

7 Responses to “Hope, Cloths, Hugelkultur”

  1. debbie.weaver February 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Your cloths are so expressive, the man in the moon doesn’t look too happy though. Growing under lights, haven’t tried that yet, might give it a go.


    • Patricia February 26, 2014 at 5:24 am #

      hi Debbie. m-in-moon is pensive, i’d say. not quite worried — but concerned for certain. thanks for stopping by.


  2. karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest February 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    dear Hope…maybe there’s a little goat in her? have been waiting for an update so was
    happy to see her here.

    the cloths…will you connect them?, waiting….they easily could but also just as easily
    stand alone. the weaving on the Moon makes me think of a stone staircase.

    and then the GROWING…oh eee. i am going to start seeds maybe tomorrow. but this
    week for sure. and i LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing your beautiful stick mound. that
    is one of the NEXTS here too….just so excited so find out how these work for us!!!


    • Patricia February 26, 2014 at 5:29 am #

      me too–eager to watch how hugel mound support growth. i’m thinking the first year may be a bit sketchy but we’ll see. and as for the cloths, they’re just doing their “brewing” thing. waiting. sometimes they end up together somehow, more often than not i have to find one or the other. but they’re teaching me patience. that’s a good thing. and maybe a bit of non-attachment. ha. when i say that, it becomes clear that they’re separate cloths.

      and Hope. well, Hope is a wonderful thing. talk about modelling “just going”


  3. Marti February 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    Hope has the cutest face, especially love the tilted head photo.

    Your cloths are simply wonderful. Winter Forest is grounded, feels complete; Looking at Winter Moon, I sense that more is coming, the story is not fully told.

    In looking at your many planted seed pots, I already feel a harvest abundance. I’m sure the seedlings will do very well. We haven’t planted any yet because I think my husband is waiting for our grandchildren to arrive next month. Although they will only be here for a week, he can’t wait to have them help him in the garden, set out seeds. When they were 2 1/2, they helped their Daddy plant an indoor herb garden, our grandson in particular loved harvesting and eating basil. Now that he and his sister (twins) are almost 5, we think they can be a big help in choosing and planting seeds.


    • Patricia February 26, 2014 at 5:33 am #

      Hope has a million faces and most of them are open and inquisitive and HAPPY. she amazes me. i’m taking her places now where she can be with other dogs and people. it’s helping her feel more comfortable in her skin.

      and you’re observation about Winter Moon is correct. it’s a story still to unfold. the blank spaces, not sure what they’ll hold if anything. maybe healing earth wishes?

      it makes me smile–you, man, and grandchildren. choosing seed. planting. moving it all forward with love. thanks Marti


  4. Mo Crow February 26, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    there is such a feeling of imminent spring in this post Patricia as we move into autumn.
    Love both the Winter Moon, it’s a new journey for sure, the Winter Forest feels complete in itself, the two relate to each other but I feel that each needs it’s own space.


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