Dec 30, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
With all the baking (not me, of course, I just sample!), wrapping, shipping, writing, etc. there is hardly a moment to breathe!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with it our wonderful snow that we had. It was truly beautiful, and I’m sure more will come (or I hope more will come). On Thanksgiving I managed to get outside in the glorious snow and get the raspberries and blueberries mulched. I planted 3 raspberry this year- 2 survived, ‘Heritage’. The one we lost was a yellow variety ‘Fall Gold’. That is too bad because I’ve never had yellow raspberries. We’ll replant next year.
With ‘Heritage’ you have a choice of 1 big harvest/year or 2 medium sized harvests- I opted for the big harvest because of the climate we live in. ‘Heritage’, by the way, is a good variety for colder climates, so we’ll see how they do. For one big harvest, you cut the canes to about ground level when the foliage has been damaged by frost- then mulch heavily. As cold as it was this was about all I could get done on Thanksgiving- outside, I mean!
Somewhere under the straw are raspberries ‘Heritage’
I had no idea what to do with the blueberries- so I guessed. I didn’t prune out anything. I only added straw- we’ll see how well they survive.
Looks like a big mess, but under the straw is a blueberry shrub
While out there I couldn’t resist playing a little…hopefully you can make out what it is!
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it was appropriate!
Have a blessed holiday season, everyone!
Nov 20, 2010
Opps- they won't let us embed this video...I wonder why? Hmmm- Here is the link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5TkstcgLYQ
Back atcha Corn Refiners Association- I thought this next video was funny!
Nov 18, 2010
I’d like to start this post with some great news- Our son Patrick has come home safely from Afghanistan today. We are so proud of him and we’re thankful that he’s come home in time for the holidays- even though we won’t see him for a while. We’ll be praying for those brave men and women that are still serving over there- as well as their families!
As for the progress on our yard- well, I got a little done today. I had planned on getting started with the greenhouse floor…well that didn’t happen, but I did get some beds started in the crop area next to the greenhouse- well part of it anyway. I had to section it off from the dogs- they don’t seem to understand what ‘poo-free zone…keep off’ means :)
The area in the far left corner is where a cold frame will go- it won’t be as big as the one in our old yard in Portland, but I think this size will be much better and we’ll be recycling a couple old windows that were left here by the previous owners. You can see the cold frame in Portland here- I believe it was 4x8.
As usual I put a 12” path, and my beds will be 30” as I always seem to go back to that width if I ever change anything- best to just start out that way. Eliot Coleman is right, this width is easy to stand over and work.
I’ll be laying down weed mat and straw in the paths. Newspaper, thick layers, will go down where any beds will be and then I’ll dig out the rest of the paths, adding the soil to the beds. The manure in the corner there will go in along with anything else I can get my hands on to compost in place, and then I may sow some cover crops.
The other small thing I managed to get done today was to add some material to the bed north of the greenhouse- I’m hoping to build up some layers with sheet composting and plant right in it in the spring. Things break down here much slower than they did in Portland, probably because of moisture, so I have to be mindful of how I construct the layers, and add moisture as needed. For now all I have are pine needles (on the bottom, as they take forever to break down, but add needed acidity), leaves, and composted manure.
Tomorrow, Ill add the manure to the beds I’ve built. I think I’ll work on the little rock stairs leading to the greenhouse too- they need some work, starting with weed mat under them. I’d hate to get those stairs right and then have them pulled out every time I have to pull a weed!
For now, that’s it…everything is coming along slow but sure.
Happy Thanksgiving to you,
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 7, 2010
After a long, year break from blogging, I think I’m finally ready to get back to business- the business of growing food and blogging, that is. I’ve taken a year off to rest from the move and to take a good look at what we’re dealing with on our new property. I also needed to watch weather patterns, wind, temps, etc. to get a feel for things.
The soil here needs some help! Naturally, the first thing was a compost bin and that is started. I will be building a much larger one this fall/winter too.
I have a few plants that I’ll need help identifying- Hopefully all you experienced gardeners out there will be able to help with that when I post them.
There are a few things that need to go in the yard, some of which have already been taken out. There was also a few (expensive) tools that were needed as we have moved to a much more rural area- some of those have been purchased. Patrick has traveled a good portion of the year, so it was a good year to gather things needed and to plan, plan, plan. And so that is what I’ve been doing.
We did manage to get the greenhouse up, however! This is the South/East corner of our back yard.
There is still some work to do. The raised bed areas inside and the floor. The beds surrounding the outside need to be built up so no soil washes away over winter (not that it rains a lot here, but still…). I have been giving some thought to what will go in the surrounding beds (on the north side) as these plants need to have good roots to hold the soil- ideas I have so far are Pineleaf Penstemon and Prairie Zinnia, both of which are said to have the root qualities needed. If anyone has any ideas- I’m all ears! Also, since we’ve moved to a much sunnier area, we’ve decided to go solar- a nice science project for my husband and son! We’ll be searching for a good price for the supplies to put this together- again, if anyone has any ideas…we’re all ears!
I’ll be slowly trying to get back into blogging over the next few months- so stay tuned.
As usual- Happy Gardening,
PS- here is a nice album of the greenhouse project 2010
Sep 2, 2010
Update: Could you guys include your screen size? TIA