I'm a sucker for punishment. The plan was to head over to the outhouse, quickly do a second coat of paint until we ran out, then get back to working on the bread baking. Instead, I kept adding more things to do, and by the time I got inside, I had to get my daughter … Continue reading Clean up: our “second bathroom”, inside and out
Check out what I was able to gather this morning! There are quite a few more of the purple beans buried underneath. They have been, hands down, the most prolific bean producers, and if the weather keeps up the way it has been, we will be picking beans for at least another week or two! … Continue reading Morning harvest, and getting named
Today was dry enough that I could work on cutting up the dead tree that had finally fallen, thanks to recent high winds. This time, I could use power tools! I used my baby chainsaw (aka: cordless pruner), with it's 4" blade, to trim off branches, then a reciprocating saw, with a 12" blade to … Continue reading Clean up: salvaging logs, and bonus clean up
The old basement is the heart of the plumbing in this house. It's where all the pumps and tanks are, plus we have a couple of sets of taps; one for the laundry sink, and one for where the washing machined to be, and pipes with shut off valves leading to the taps outside. Until … Continue reading What a drip!
This evening, I finally got around to working on the first of the low raised beds in what had been our garlic beds this year. The boxes are ready and waiting, and the beds had been left for any weeds to get larger, so they would be easier to pull. The plan: dig out all … Continue reading First low raised bed: part one. It’s good to be flexible!
With the garlic all harvested, we've got two empty beds that need to be readied for next year's garden. With these beds, we had dug into the soft soil we found under the wood pile, mounding soil into beds and making paths in between. This worked out quite well, but there were a couple of … Continue reading Our 2022 garden: first raised bed box
When we planted for a fall harvest, we did as much as we could to make row covers to protect our seedlings. We had enough materials for only two chicken wire covers, then made do with other materials for the third bed. We rigged what we could to protect the last bed, but the grasshoppers … Continue reading Row cover adaption
I had cleaned up the dead spruce tree I'd cut down, a few days go, but only now got to continue working in the area. Because of how the tree had landed, I used the baby chainsaw to clear away all the non-weight bearing branches first, and was left with this giant insectoid shape! 😀 … Continue reading First tree stump bench made!
While doing the evening watering, the girls spotted a couple of little melons last night! I just had to go looking for them this morning. Aren't they adorable? The bigger one is about 2 inches long. I wasn't expecting them to be fuzzy. 😀 These are the Halona melons. Still nothing among the Pixies - … Continue reading Our 2021 garden; made in the shade, and we have melons!
One of the things we've done to deter deer from nibbling things in the old kitchen garden was drape mosquito netting over one end, using existing T-posts at the retaining wall, ropes, and pegs. Basically, it's a tent. We've had two problems with this set up. The first is... well... it's mosquito netting. As expected, … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: netting fix, and we have asparagus!