Couldn’t work on the raised bed for 2 days because of the wonderful rain

Nov 22, 2017
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Couldn’t work on the raised bed for 2 days because of the wonderful rain. It’s so amazing that it can be pouring rain one day and then beautiful sun the next, following by another 2 days of pouring rain. I just love this weather!
Neighboring cows have been getting into our place, trampling down the hay field, even coming up close to the house. We’ve had the dogs chase them back several times. We have actually sold the hay as ‘stumpage’ (weird word, but it means ‘as it is growing in the ground’), so it’s a problem if the cows trample it down. Carl (who has been haying this pasture for a gazillion years) came over yesterday and found where the cows are getting into the hay field. A tree had fallen on the fence. He fixed the fence, and also fixed the gates so they don’t ‘accidentally’ get opened. His grandmother used to own the 5 acres next to us, and his mom owns 5 acres next to that. So he was able to show us where the ‘true’ corners of the property are.
He is also a wealth of information about the plants in the area,so I continually asked him questions. This is the way it started:
Me: "oh, look at this wonderful field of daisies"
Him: "those are ox-eye daisies – they are noxious weeds"
Me: "What are those beautiful yellow flowers:
Him: "Those are native sunflowers – nothing eats them"
Me: "This is lupine, right?"
Him: "Yes, it’s native, but it has alkaloids that cause birth defects if the cows eat it"
Me (now I’m really getting warmed up): "and what are these plants whose leaves look like marijuana leaves?"
Him: "Sulfur cinquefoil. It’s another noxious weed"
Him (now he’s really getting warmed up)" "This is houndstongue. Here‘s a first year plant and here’s the second year. Pull it out wherever you see it. It’s REALLY bad. This is chicory – the stuff they put in your coffee. This is milkweed"
He identified a bunch of trees for me, also… Cherry Plum, Cherry seedlings, Honeysuckle, Serviceberry, English Walnut (2-3 trees – used to be quite fruitful, but haven’t produced in many years), Black Locust, and some other tree that I can’t remember it’s name and we couldn’t find one, but he says it’s there.
Now…. if I can only remember them

Comments
  • Ahhh the rain. Welcome to the NW. People are fond of saying if you don’t like the weather here just wait about 30 minutes it’ll change….and it does. I love the Pacific NW but Portland has become way over crowded. I talked to a friend that made a trip to small town Bend over the weekend and said “It ain’t small town any more.” The Pacific NW had been discovered. As for me I just wish they would all go home.

    Michael McPherson November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
    • Boy, I sure understand that!

      Loretta Liefveld November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
  • Sounds like a treasure! Love reading your posts about this adventure!

    Kathryn Dailey November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
  • Dearest Cousin, I have a sister in law you would love to meet. She asks many of the same questions that are and it has become a whole new learning experience for her as well. You are refreshing to read. Thank you.

    Rexford O Ames November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
    • Is she in Idaho? I remember you have some relatives near Boise.

      Loretta Liefveld November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
  • Nothing like getting knowledge from someone who lived there for many years.

    Barbara Bormann Williams November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
    • yep, that’s for sure. This is in about the same growing zone that I was in before, so I naively thought I’d know most of the plants. This is a whole new experience for me. I’m usually so good at being able to identify plants and now I’m like a babe in the woods.

      Loretta Liefveld November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
  • Hey-If you want to get walnuts again, try trimming the trees lightly. My neighbors had a fruit tree that hadn’t produced in years. I trimmed it and it put out a ton of apricots.

    Bryan Vlink November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
    • Thanks, Bryan! I’ll try that.

      Loretta Liefveld November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
  • Another tree Loretta asked about is called Chokeberry. Loretta harmlessly asked “Can you eat the berries?” Carl answered “There’s a reason they’re called Chokeberries.” LOL

    Rob Liefveld November 23, 2017 12:40 am Reply
    • interesting. Now, if I can remember which trees were the chokecherry trees. All cherry pits have cyanide in them, but I didn’t know about the leaves.

      Loretta Liefveld November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply
    • Use: The chokecherry is mostly to tart to eat raw, but makes a good jelly. DO NOT EAT WILTED LEAVES OR FRESH SEEDS. They contain cyanide, but cooking the fruit will rid it of the cyanide.

      Barbara Bormann Williams November 22, 2017 3:09 am Reply

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