Today officially,

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it becomes winter, though starting tomorrow the days begin getting longer, and for all you winter haters, think how it's only three short months till Spring, and either curl up with a good book or do research on how to get your garden to grow better! :)

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Thank you Larry

You make a good point ... the Autumn season sure seemed like it raced by. But Cabin Fever is nothing to sneeze at! This year I remembered to drag in the potting soil so it would not freeze into a 30 pound block that I couldn't even lift. By February I'll be ready to start seedlings and transplant houseplants with no pain. :)

Not only is it the Solstice, last nite also treated us with a beautiful lunar eclipse AND the Ursid meteor shower!!!

Just treats and presents every where ya look.

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The moon was,

still beautiful earlier tonight, and I need to remember to get back out there and take another look. My grandma said today that she heard it was blood red early this morning just before sun up, now I wish I had remembered to look out!

I have my potting soil in the greenhouse where it will stay dry and some warmer, so it shouldn't freeze. :)

I was able to poke a few cuttings from my poplar trees in the gravel pit into areas that drift in with snow, and should be protected from the wind and in the good soil there, they should grow good as they are probably extra hardy since the trees came up on there own in the dry sandy gravel pit were almost nothing I've tried to grow well pampered has survived to become established, just a few dozen trees out of hundreds, and even then only a few are not scraggly and barley hanging on. I'm looking forward to spring, then I will be more certain of the fate of my cuttings, and will find out if they really truly can make a go of my goal of the establishment of a forest to re-claim this place from the grasshopper breading and feeding grounds it is, to a life giving haven for man and beast alike! :D Also, I have been beginning to wonder if maybe the trees coming up down there are coming up from ancient seeds that were well preserved in the gravel bar, as modern variety's of the poplars I've found in there are not things I can imagine germinating seeds from in that "dust bowl" and survive when they can now only be established under very moist conditions (though once established they are drought tolerant), modern poplars of these variety's should not be able to grow as fast in sand with little or no water and should have had dry rot (mine were dark wood in the middle and I thought they were dry rot till found how solid the heart wood was, they should make good veneer one day on any trees I get to make be suitable for lumber). ;)

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