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  •  Yes, we keep on replanting (7+ / 0-)

    every other year or so, but it seems slightly futile as far as the fruit trees go. People around here do grow fruit, though--you see articles in the newspaper about some 85-yr old retiree who harvested 100 bushels in his backyard, LOL. Those folks are in town and somewhat more sheltered, plus who knows what dreadful toxins they spray on them!

    I do think we could get better results if we paid more attention to the fruit trees, but it does get to be a lot of things to look after all at the same time.

    As far as the vegetable garden work, I have raised beds that I converted to the Ruth Stout hay mulch system. I LOVE this method! It is much less actual work, although you do have to tend & fuss a little bit every day to keep it going. For me, since my office is in my home, going out and tinkering gently for 20 minutes a day is not a problem, it's a nice break. If you do that and keep the hay thick enough, you never do get weeds, watering is much less, the plants grow bigger--basically we thought the results were fabulous starting with the second year in. With my illness I'm not able to even do the little that's required so it's all abandoned for now. Maybe in a year or two I can start up again.

    The most "work" I had when I was growing food with the hay mulch system was all the food processing, LOL. I mean, you do actually have to do SOMETHING with all that stuff. But wow, does the food taste better--I really, really miss it!

    I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

    by sillia on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:09:05 AM PST

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