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ImageLedgegardener
Mar 21, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Hi Rann

I am here from the gardening cubit and anxious to learn about Iceland. Beautiful sunrise picture!
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 8:44 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi Ledge and welcome! :-)
Imageweeds
Mar 21, 2010 8:52 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Rann,
You probably told me before but I have CRS, so will ask again.
When can you start safely planting in the spring? Or, when
are your plants safe from the cold?
also, having the volcanic ash for soil, do you have lot of rocks
in it or is it all like smooth?
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Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
We usually use our independence day as refernence ... It's June 17th. By then we try to have the annuals planted. Yeah, the soil has LOTS of rocks! Hilarious! My neighborhood is in the middle of a lavafield so my topsoil is very shallow .......

I started digging for a paved walkway two years ago and this is what I found :

Thumbnail by rannveig

Imageweeds
Mar 21, 2010 10:27 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Oh my! That some big lava rocks.....did you work around them, try to move them or forget a path?
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Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 10:33 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
No that's just solid lava ....... I have't finished the path yet ...... my ex wouldn't help me with it, but that's another story. It's a solid foundation for the path, I just have to get some gravel to fill it up ....... don't have the money to buy the paving stones that were meant to go there Sad
Imageweeds
Mar 21, 2010 1:41 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Well, boo hoo, but exes are like that! My old grandmother said to me, good riddance to bad rubbish.
I do see some very green and beautiful grass and plants there though.
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Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 2:55 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hilarious! Yeah, she's was right! Thanks!
Imageweeds
Mar 21, 2010 3:04 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Welcome, that ole grandma was a hoot. She lived to be 94, now mind you she was born before the turn of the century, and had 3 husbands. Unheard of in those days, not of all them died on her either, mind you! I do wish I had written down all the stories she told me of the old days and especially during our great depression.
As usual, I am OT!!!
Back to the present, uh, where was I, oh yes, you live on a land of lava and I live on a land of sand.
From what I have heard all my life, your footing is better!
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Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 4:00 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Rolling on the floor laughing Yeah that's true ..... guess I have nothing to worry about then ..... unless the volcano all this lava came from awakens from it's slumber. Whistling
Imagemarsue
Mar 21, 2010 4:35 PM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Rann, when we get that far down, we run into red clay, which is why our soil definitely needs to be amended! Rolling on the floor laughing
Speaking of volcanos awaking from slumber, yours did this week-end, didn't it? Thumbs down

Weeds: my grandmother was married 3 times, too, but all of her husbands did die on her. I guess after the 3rd time, she decided not to try again. Besides, what man wants a woman with 5 kids?
Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 4:38 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi Mau :-)

The volcano erupting right now is far away from me so I'm not affected by the eruption in any way ;-)

Interesting about your grandmothers ..... must have been very rare at that time.
ImageLedgegardener
Mar 21, 2010 5:04 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Rann your garden is beautiful. When I saw the picture heading you have I thought - "No, nothing like that could possibly grow in Iceland" - but I was wrong. Simply magnificent.

Oh - the path you are digging, I dig that far and hit bed rock too! Have to have raised beds here for anything to grow.

Weeds - your grandmother sounds like she was a hoot.
Mau - I remember flying over the south a few years back (had to switch planes in Atlanta) and looked down and was very surprised to see how red the ground looked!

Lets hope the volcano sleeps tonight.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Imagerannveig
Mar 21, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Ledge :-) It's amazing what can grow here given shelter from the wind ...... quite a stark difference from the lanscape of the countryside ;-)

Here's a photo of Eyjafjallajökull taken back in 2006, this is a glacier on the north side of it called Gígjökull.

Thumbnail by rannveig

ImageHenryr10
Mar 21, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
After knowing Rann these years it still startles me sometimes me that her latitude is basically the same as Fairbanks, AK.
But the winters are milder than in MI.
Plus being that far north they get amazingly long days for the plants to thrive.
As this Cubit develops you will be some amazing blooms!

Robyn said to tell you to trow some rubber over that Lava and make a stream instead of a path.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagerannveig
Mar 22, 2010 2:29 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Ric - it startled me too that I'm as far north as Fairbanks, AK! Hilarious! We tend to foget just how far north we actually are with these mild winters ...... ofcourse, that's the reason our summers aren't warmer. Yeah, a stream would be nice, except we really need to walk there ;-)
ImageLedgegardener
Mar 22, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Hi Rann
Looking forward to seeing what develops in your garden. Looks beautiful in any season I am sure!
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
Imageweeds
Mar 22, 2010 5:35 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Get a canoe?
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Imagerannveig
Mar 22, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Rolling on the floor laughing Connie - you crack me up! Hilarious!

Thanks Ledge :-)
Imageweeds
Mar 22, 2010 5:51 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
And that makes me smile!!!!
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