I was so excited to finally get our bulbs this morning! Here are the three varieties of garlic we ordered. I appreciate how they add things to the label, like "best for roasting" , "rich, spicy flavour" and "big cloves with bold flavour". This is what 1 pound of each variety looks like. I wasn't … Continue reading Fall planting: the garlic is in!
The replacement door to the sun room is back up again! Of course, things went wonky in the process. At this point, I expect nothing else! I don't know if you can tell, but we ended up adding yet another piece of wood under the bottom hinge. The gap there was still massive. And yet, … Continue reading Replacement door: hung
Today I did some work on my mother's car, to help prepare it for winter. For those less familiar with some of the things many of us Canadians need to do to our vehicles so they better survive our winters, most vehicles here have, at the very least, a block heater. That's all our van … Continue reading So many cords…
It's been rather windy for the past few days. We certainly won't be needing to mulch the bulbs we planted! They're getting an excellent cover right now. 🙂 We've got a bit of a challenge in winterizing things outside. One of the things that needs to be done is to replace the rotting skid under … Continue reading Fall cover, and working out a problem
So I had a few pleasant surprises this morning. And one not so pleasant. When I headed out to do my morning routine, I had a rush of outside cats come running as soon as I opened the door! And who was in the lead? Little Braveheart! She ran right up to me. She still … Continue reading Morning surprises, and is the hard cider okay?
I recently harvested the two biggest heads of sunflower seeds that were done blooming. They are now hanging in the basement to dry, where the birds can't get at them. As for the rest of them, we've got seed heads at all stages! Not all will have time to mature before the growing season ends, … Continue reading Stages of sun
Today, we took advantage of the warmer weather and dug up our two potato beds. The first one got done fairly early in the morning, before we headed to the city. Having already dug up a few of them earlier, I had some idea of what to expect, but I have zero experience with growing … Continue reading Potato beds put to bed
With bringing a yard cat into the house to have her kittens, instead of using the sun room as a maternity ward, has us facing some different challenges. In the sun room, as the kittens got bigger, they had a fairly decent sized room to run around in, and still be safe from other critters. … Continue reading The new kitty pool
Today, it was time to transplant some of the squashes we started from seed indoors. I am really hoping we're not jumping the gun, here, but many were outgrowing their Jiffy Pellets and really needed to get in the ground. In the future, for things that need to be started so early indoors, I am … Continue reading Gardening progress: transplanting
After the owner of our visiting goat had to leave, we needed to figure out how we could make use of the chicken wire he left behind for us. I knew there was a pile of wood in the barn, and I thought there might be some 2x4s on the bottom. As soon as we … Continue reading Building a goat catcher!