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RE: RE: Article from Natchez

That's a doggone good thing!  With what all has been going on between momma,
her house and the puppies--weeds I have.  It's a good thing I've got one of
those "garden of weedin'" signs in one of the beds. :>D

We just moved the puppies into a very LARGE kennel crate today.  The heavy
weight is only 2 oz shy of 5lbs on his 5th week of existence!  And the
"runt" is at three and probably the brightest of the pups and the strongest
pound for pound.  I've got to tell you, there is a lot of bull around our
house lately!  The pups are probably going through about 8 cups of puppy
chow already.  (They graduated from "puppy gruel" to puppy chow on Thursday
and momma Izzie has them nearly weaned.  She winces so when they are nursing
now because of all of those needle-like teeth and the larger, sharper
toenails!  She's still very attentive; when I didn't ask her to get into the
enclosure to nurse them, she simply marched her way in to nurse them twice

If anyone would like to see some photos, I'll try to send them out
privately.  I can't get my suitcase to load what I have and I haven't had
time to see why.  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of gardenqueen@academicplanet.com
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 9:24 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT] Article from Natchez

Agreed. Plus w/ a natural look and the habitat thing going on, you can
get away w/ a few weeds and no one thinks anything of it! LOL

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan
Sent: 9/29/2004 10:12:03 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Article from Natchez "Naturalist Newsletter"

Well, I suppose that is the difference between my neighbor's very tidy yard
and my collection of plants with an "undisturbed" area or two around the
back yard.  Ecology is nothing if it is not an interdependency to create a
viable, livable system where the excretion/waste of one thing is the
breath/food of another.  I agree that too much "neatness" ruins what should
come "naturally."

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Zemuly@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 10:49 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Article from Natchez "Naturalist Newsletter"

I received the following article from our Experiment Station
 Thought you all would find it interesting.
zone 7
West TN
A fellow in the vicinity has been busy this week  bulldozing the trees and 
bushes from a ditch running across his large, flat,  grassy field. Someone 
remarked to me how wonderful it is that "things are  getting cleaned up
here, really looking neat now."

Let it be known  that when it comes to neatening up the landscape for 
neatness' sake, what I see  is habitat destruction, and there's nothing neat
about it.

Above I use  the word "abomination" advisedly. I am aware of the word's 
religious  connotations, for many of us never see that word except in the
where many  things are classed as "abominations before the Lord." I use the
not in a  religious context, but in a spiritual one, and in my opinion the 
destruction of  life-giving habitat purely for the sake of appealing to the 
local community's  concept of "neatness" is abomination before the spirit of

For, when you look into the Universe and at the web of life on  our little 
Earth, you see plainly that the Creator blossoms diversity out of
evolves sophistication out of awkwardness, and leaves strands of  
interdependency among all things. Whatever in
spirit goes against this grand  and beautiful theme of the Creator is 

The bushes and trees  along that little ditch across the field provided a 
tiny island of habitat for a  gorgeous diversity of living beings. A
local ecosystem of mutually  dependent living things existed in an ocean of 
ecologically unstable monoculture  grass. It was a polyphonic song sung in a

desert. And its destruction for the  sake of neatening up the
landscape is an  abomination.

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