Saturday, October 16, 2010

2009 cucumber trellis

 
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38 comments:

Jacky said...

2009, 2010 ....they are both fantastic and fun!!!

Jacky xox

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jacky...cucumber looms
goes back to
tendrils
how they have a certain kind of
blind vision

jude said...

ha! trellis. loom. things are being woven together. what if we stretch a thread from here to there?

deanna7trees said...

i love plants with tendrils. they have their own knowing, yes, a blind vision like you said. i've been known to sit and watch tendrils do their thing.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jude...it's there, in a certain
way. i wish we really could, tho,
a "real" string....i like the
image of it...like a tendril,
diligently making it's way across
America, blindly seeing with its
little nub, going and going,
twining in things along the way
to keep it strong held against
winds and things....
oh, jeez.
life is just really something. i
am feeling swept away by it all.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna...the fiercest tendrils
have been for the gourds i grew.
i have a BUNCH still out in the
Albatros shed. i would paint them,
draw on them. i love them.
their vines and tendrils were so
fierce...they are heavy. some
the size of basketballs and those
tendrils would hold them.

deanna7trees said...

we are all connected, grace, by something much stronger than tendrils.

Mnemosyne said...

nice trellis. :)

Manya Maratou said...

hey..isn't it great?

Karen Turner said...

I like it a lot.
Not just the trellis, the whole weaving/connection/thread theme that I find here.

Penny Berens said...

And what will 2011 bring?

jude said...

maybe this should have been submitted as the design for the new replacement for the twin towers here in new york.

deanna7trees said...

...a trellis of memories. held back what i really wanted to say about that.

Deb G said...

Hmm...I spent yesterday untangling things and tidying and getting ready to plant garlic. Another season...

Gracie said...

These are gorgeous- can I ask how you manage to grow cucumbers in the desert?

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Gracie,
yes, maam you can. i have LOTS
to tell you...just trying to finish
the last window hanger first.
any minute.

and you already know.
Water
is the key
and it's
Water that i want to talk to you
about on your blog...that
question of exactly WHAT does
sustainable
really mean...
and i have a wonderful thing too
to share about bees.
will be there soon with all of this.

Martine said...

so you'r going to have rounder cucumbers each year?
XXXm

Mnemosyne said...

i've read crushed up corncobs planted beneath will help hold water in place.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Martine...i read your comment and
thought...what???? went off and
did a few rows of kantha stitches
and all of a sudden i realized
what you said....
ah....humor....so hard to send
on this machine.
actually, i plant armenian
cucumbers. they are much more
comfy with dry conditions. and
also seem to feel pretty free
to be whatever shape appeals to
each...
xo

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Karen, yes. me too. Spirit
Cloth's the trellis.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Mnem and Manya...yes...but over
for now. will take a break for
a few weeks then begin adding
the compost and manure for
next time.
it's a circle of doing

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jude...i wish i would have.
maybe i would have gone
viral
how much better would that be?

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Penny...2011? well, we will have
to wait. that would be in
February.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Deb G!!!
yes! thank you!
PLANT the garlic. yes!
oh sigh...always something out there.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

and Mnem, yes. corn cobs. i don't
have that much, but i do just add
them when i add the compost. they
never decompose. i get xtra compost
from a few people. and then lots
of horse manure. also crunch in
the dried plants of all the
vegetables. and whatever leaves
i have, mostly from the apricot
tree.

helen said...

Grace, your comment about the trellis across America reminded me of the 1980's "hands across America" where all the people lined up and held hands at the same time. A feat they pulled off quite well as a matter of fact. Ha! I could go on and on about REAL sustainable agriculture,( as I have with Organic inspector's before) but you're lucky my "soap box" broke last night when I was using it and stamping my feet for emphasis. Ha! But I just wanted to say if the sun gets too hot one can put a cloth (shade) over the trellis for the hottest parts of the day, and it helps with moisture loss.I managed to have a garden here in 1988 when every day was 103 degrees and no rain. Perseverance!

yvette said...

what do you mean by cucumber?

Els said...

Hi Grace, you say growing cucumbers .... but I think you will be weaving in this fantastic loom, outside! (Just like Jude and the remnants of her old table)
Or ....the cucumbers will do the weaving fór you!

Storycloth said...

Oh Grace - these remind me of a wonderful huge cocoon made out of grape vine cuttings that an artist friend made. I had it hanging in my garden at the time. Hope all is well with you. Gilly

twhIch aye said...

i wish i could see these with my own ayes miss grace... i see branches on my walks and get the urge to make things with them and bring em here. but sis wouldn't be too happy i don't think hahahahahha... maybe i'll make a mini trellis...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Yvette ~ komkommer
cucumber, here. i love this.
just so short time ago, i would
look at your blog, your felting
and think things to say, but
i didn't because i was feeling
that you were a very important
artist and anything i might say
would be so small.
and now, here. we talk of
komkommers.
thank you.
xoxoxo

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Helen, i remember that. hands.
the cucumbers actually do fine.
they are sheltered either by a
tree or the fence on the West.
they just require daily water and
heavy mulching.
for the small patch, this is ok.
Always enough to eat and usually
enough to give to neighbors.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Els...the cucumbers. i will
re-string it in the spring, but
they will weave it with their vines.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Gilly...i love the image of a
grapevine cacoon...the grapevines
here, two, are not enough for that
yet...things are slow, take time
to establish. but the grapes
are one thing that WANTS to grow
here. am looking closely at that.
What WANTS to grow and what WILL
grow if i want it to enough.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

twhich~ well, a mini trellis.
i think this is a good thing. a
sister, no matter, is also something that i always wanted.
i wish you could too....see with
your own eye. we could position
the blue chair so you could see
both at the same time.

Patty said...

Armenian cukes-we had some of those
until the heat burned all of the garden. Like a slow, daily forest fire.

Your cucumber looms are wonderful. This is the time of year to gather those still-bendable limbs. You've inspired me to go for a walk along the forest
edge.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Patty...yes! so this week is
planting the garlic, thanks Deb,
and gathering the bendables.
the circle of seasons turns.

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