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Winter Garden Prep ( and shifting poop)

We have been getting frost warnings for some time..so we did a pre-emptive strike on winter prep chores and cut off the old veggies and covered things over with 2-3 inches of manure in prep for next spring..the garden did OK but while we were away for a month things really suffered and we did not get a good yield on most things..

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..and we got another load of horse manure ( after we got rid of our old truck/winter implement puller/summer lawn ornament) deliveredfrom our nearby neighbors..which we are planning on using to level off the old truck storage area..and we should have more loads every 2 weeks for other hilly spots too.

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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Construction

 

Wood Bank

..put a deposit in the wood bank ( and I have the searing back pain to prove it!)..

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we are hoping we won’t need this wood this year but we are not sure if we chopped enough for this year when we were chopping last year..We don’t like to chop down too much wood as we don’t want to run the risk of ruining the wood by stacking it and the wood getting wet..not to mention that 2 x the wood is 2 x the effort!

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..and a pic of the trellis in all its glory.

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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Construction

 
Aside

My phone has been on the fritz..and I use it to take photos, connect to the internet as well as blog..but A* just changed up her phone so options are back on the table..

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Testing…

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Construction

 

Grape Trellis

…thanks to an acting up camera/phone I have no ‘during the dig’ shots of putting up the trellis..but rest assured that it was a harrowing experience..I kept hitting rocks and needed to expand the size of the holes..one of the holes was 4ft wide by the time I was able to get down 3ft ( seemed excessive for a 3ft deep 10 inch hole needed for sono tubes)..I was not able to get down to 4ft for any of the piers so I hope it does not shift too much with the freeze/thaw cycles of fall and spring.

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..and after. We also attached/strung up some wire cabling to give the grapevines something to climb…The tops are going to have something esle attached but it took so long to dig the actual holes we decided to move onto other projects in the interim.

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…we also painted the pressure treated lumber to stop the vines from touching the pressure treated wood. The vines are really liking the trellis so far..or at least seem pretty attached to it.

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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Construction

 

Jam

Went blueberry picking with the family..and A* and I overpicked on purpose..to make a batch of blueberry anise jam..

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..the blueberries were plentiful, plump and purple..OK, blue…but they were yummy…about 1/2 hour after starting we had around 10lbs,

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..boil the berries with the spices..add extra sugar boil some more then add pectin..The most complicated part about making jam is preparing the mason jars!

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..and the 12 finished jars of jam..we made some with basil, thyme and some with rosemary as well..a first batch of blueberry jam for us so we did not want to overcomplicate things.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in fun, produce

 

Tripping Pt 2

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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Construction

 

Road Tripping

Well.. We finally got back from our 6 week trailer adventure.. We spent most of it on trails in New England… No internet service so the blog took a backseat as adventure and campgrounds took over the frontseat. Here are some highlight reel shots:

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Construction

 
 
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