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Tumble Composter has Bold Jumpers

Tuble Composter has Bold Jumpers

My new tumble composter has some guard, a pair of Bold Jumping spiders have taken up residence on the outside. I assume the picking are really good and tasty since each time I open the composter a legion of escapees try to fly. I adore jumping spiders, we often have them in the flower boxes, along with ladybug alligators.

Anyway this pair must be brood siblings since they have exactly the same coloring and are the same size. My friend Tex said it best where spiders are concerned, “Any bug that eats another bug is A GOOD BUG!”

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O Lord, grant t…

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day, say from about midnight until three o’clock in the morning, but, you see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in; grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, heliaanthemum, lavender, and the others which you in your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants – I will write their names on a paper if you like – and grant that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not for instance, on spiraea, or on gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron), and not to much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no plant lice and snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.

Karel Čapek’s The Gardener’s Year

“The best thing of all is to be a living man — that is, a man who grows.”  Karel Čapek, The Gardener’s Year

The Gardener’s Year by Karel Čapek this book is a great gift for anybody that enjoys gardening.  Even if you have to gift it to yourself.  The crazier the gardener is about their “hobby” the more this little book will shine humor on their life.  I found this book while researching Czech literature and it is simply a lighthearted, funny and witty book whose illustrations are key to maximizing ones enjoyment of this romp through garden and those people the loiter there too long sometimes.

“I find that a real gardener is not a man who cultivates flowers; he is a man who cultivates the soil. He is a creature who digs himself into the earth and leaves the sight of what is on it to us gaping good-for-nothings. He lives buried in the ground. He builds his monument in a heap of compost. If he came into the Garden of Eden, he would sniff excitedly and say: “Good Lord, what humus!”  Karel Čapek, The Gardener’s Year

You might compare it to Beverley Nichols’ Down the Garden Path, well you might do that, but they are not the same animal, if anything this book gibes at that style of gardening book.  Then again, it has enough interesting information that one does learn a few things between the chuckles and laughter.  Karel Čapek may be dead and his literature has made him immortal and this book is written by a literary genius about a subject he just loved.  You can tell he just wants to share the bounty of the avocation of gardening.

“It is only an optical illusion that my flowers die in autumn; for in reality they are born. We say that Nature rests, yet she is working like mad. She has only shut up shop and pulled the shutters down; but behind them she is unpacking new goods, and the shelves are becoming so full that they bend under the load. This is the real spring; what is not done now will not be done in April. The future is not in front of us, for it is here already in the shape of a germ…Sometimes we seem to smell of decay, encumbered by the faded remains of the past, but if only we could see how many fat and white shoots are pushing forward in the old tilled soil, which is called the present day; how many seeds germinate in secret; how many old plants draw themselves together and concentrate into a living bud, which one day will burst into flowering life–if we could only see that secret swarming of the future within us, we should say that our melancholy and distrust is silly and absurd, and that the best thing of all is to be a living man–that is, a man who grows.” ― Karel Čapek, The Gardener’s Year

*One of my personal experiences as GroveGreenman has been at the community garden plot and my dear wife calls to see when he might be home.  She kindly tells “…the sun went down 2 hours ago…” and asks “Do you have a flashlight?” (She is so sweet!)  Responding to her, “Nope! Don’t need one, only planting bulbs, can feel the holes and what end the bulb’s roots are on to plant them.” I add the the worry, “I don’t have a problem really, Love!  There is nothing wrong with Night Gardening.”  And really, is there anything so wrong doing something you love in spring once the snow has melted in the community garden when all people have left the park the plot sits in?  And it is so cold the mosquitoes have left too and according to Roman Law one should have left the park when the sun went down 2 hours ago.  No, didn’t think so either.  She just laughs and is amused!

This is a grand book of any gardener, except for the person who has had no experience with the mania we call, “Gardening!”  They lack the experiences, but the rest of the Garden Folk. well they will see themselves and others in this book.   And as Capek tells we all seem to know each other by some divination, weather by our dirty nails of the rich black mud sticking to our shoes.

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How To Plant Your Garden*

How To Plant Your Garden*

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses….

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FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING,
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

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PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

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PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

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NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

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TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for each other
2.. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

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WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU  SOW.

My instructions were to send this to people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you!

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*Source:  Wiki Leaks, Email-ID : 738291, and Dated : 2009-04-30 14:02:51 some liberties have been taken with the formatting and the images from the original email.

GG:  It seems that there are people working, laughing, caring, and gardening everywhere regardless of the injustice and brutality that exists outside the garden.  
“A great war leaves the country with three armies — an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves. ~German Proverb”