Monthly Archives: February 2008

A Portuguese prayer

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold, winter nights,
the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun,

and my fruits are refreshing,
quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house,
the board of your table,
the bed on which you lie,

the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe,
the door of your homestead,
the wood of your cradle,
and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness

and the floor of beauty.
You who pass by, listen to my prayer:
do me no harm.
– Portuguese prayer

Shallow Tree Roots

80 to 85 % of a tree’s roots are found in the top 18″ of soil. Roots will be even more shallow in clay or compacted conditions.

The reason trees don’t root deeper because they need oxygen and moisture and nutrients to survive. Heavy clay soils, and soils compacted by traffic, have little air space, so roots must stay in the upper levels to have enough air, nutrients and moisture to survive.

Cape Girardeau was established about 1793

The town of Cape Girardeau was established about 1793, while Missouri was part of Spanish Upper Louisiana.

Founded and owned entirely by Frenchman Louis Lorimier, its name probably originates with a French ensign named Girardot, who was stationed at Kaskaskia in 1704. By 1804 only five French families remained; Americans comprised the vast majority of settlers.

The town made remarkable progress from 1900 to 1910 when its population nearly doubled, reaching 8,545 residents.

Our house

A little background about the house in honor of our first anniversary of home ownership.

Of all the fascinating people Meriwether Lewis met on the expedition, few intrigued him as much as Louis Lorimier—and his lovely daughter.

In 1793 Lorimier had established a military trading post called “Red House” at Cape Girardeau on the Mississippi River, about 120 miles south of St. Louis. Lorimier was a French-Canadian who had been a Loyalist during the American Revolution and had fought against George Rogers Clark, the brother of William Clark. It seems that George Rogers Clark had burned down one of Lorimier’s establishments that was worth $20,000. “This broke him as a mercht,” wrote Lewis in his journal on Nov. 25, 1803. Because Lorimier was an ambitious frontiersman and entrepreneur, he was able to recover from this disaster. Lorimier was the recipient of Spanish land grant, which allowed him to build a trading post on the west bank of the river. From his Red House Lorimier served as the city’s first goodwill ambassador. He encouraged Americans to settle in the area, which caused the area to flourish.

From his vantage point in the trading post, Lorimier had the opportunity to welcome such adventurers as Lewis and Clark on their way to St. Louis, Davey Crockett as he traveled through the area seeking recruits for frontier service, and settlers making their way across the Mississippi River.
When the Corps of Discovery landed in Cape Girardeau, Lewis called upon Lorimier at his home, but Lorimier was at a horse race. So Lewis went to the course and recorded what he saw in his journal:
“The seane reminded me very much of their small raises in Kentucky among the uncivilized backwoodsmen, nor did the subquent rase at all lessen the resemblance… is not at all extraordinary that these people should be disorderly. They are almost entirely emegrant from the frontiers of Kentuckey & Tennessee, and are the most dissolute and abandoned even among these people; they are men of desperate fortunes, but little to loose either character or property.
Lewis was just as taken by Lorimier. Lewis wrote four pages in his journal about his meeting with Lorimier, Lorimier’s lovely daughter, and the events that took place during their one-day visit.

When he met Lewis, Lorimier was almost 60 years old and could not read or write. Lewis was amazed with his appearance and described Lorimier’s “remarkable suit of hair;….it touched the grond when he stood erect…when cewed it is kept close to his back by means of a leather gerdle.”

The photos are of my house when we bought it, November 2006.

Thinking Spring

I’m Thinking Spring.

It’s a long way from Ground Hog Day to Spring. But real gardeners are already preparing. I am reading and studying the seed catalogs. I like the paper copies for reading and planning, but I usually order on line.

I have had great success with Renee’s Garden seed. I order the combination seed packets Like the Tricolor Pole Beans and tree colors of cherry tomatoes to give variety in my small garden.

Why I Grow Pole Beans:
Vertical Gardens Save Space

Tricolor” Pole Beans:

Renee’s Exclusive – A blend of three colors of pole beans that makes good use of limited space. Extended heavy harvests of delicious gold, green and purple pods. Thee beans extend the reason: Blue Lake, Yellow Pole Wax and Purple Peacock.

Why I Grow Cherry Tomatoes:
They are the first tomato to ripen.

“Garden Candy” Cherry Tomatoes:

Renee’s Exclusive – color-coded seeds enable gardeners to grow three premium varieties of luscious gold, red and orange cherry tomatoes from one convenient packet.

The rainbow of tomatoes add a gourmet touch. If you close your eyes, regardless of color, all these tomatoes burst with sweetness in your mouth. They add variety and are beautiful in any summer recipe. And, who needs a dozen yellow cherry tomato plants in their home garden?

Renee has a great article, Starting Tomato Seeds Indoors-
Technique Tips with Photos .

Banish Winter by ordering seeds and planning this springs garden.
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