Wash your hands gently!

..reaching up to grab something out of from behind the mirror when a small plastic object falls out..and goes right through the sink. Fun!


Nothing too complicated and it all went well..except for one crucial measurement on the water outlet…with no spares..misses it by 1 mm…which explains the water jug which is storing the water from the water outlet via a funnel and tube. It will hold for now!

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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Construction


Planting Summer Shrubs in November

..we purchased these shrubs months ago ( July ) but with the start of the cold weather we wanted to get them in the ground.

  • 2 lowbush blueberry
  • 1 highbush blueberry
  • 1 Red Malus Crabapple Tree
  • 1 Fire Mountain Pieris
  • 1 Barberry
  • 1 Russian Sage
  • 15 hostas

We did not buy the hostas but split them off of hostas all over the yard and property ( we had some at the end of the driveway which we ‘removed’ 5 years ago..but if you don’t get all of the hosta when you grab it you have a full plant again in 2 years!). The hostas we are treating as an ornamental mulch of sorts..or peppered around areas where we have weed issues in the hopes of protecting the soil ( not to mention constant catch-up with weeding ). Our goji and haskap bushes have never really taken off like they should due to constant weed pressure ( not to mention a healthy dose of neglect ) . We are hoping that crowding the shrubs keeps the area more hydrated and week free…we will see the results next year…not to mention the other areas we planted the hostas where we are only hoping to stave off extra weeding in the beds. We love shrubs and shrub beds but A* loses her shit weeding we like to try to find creative ways to make things look OK without needing to tend too much.

Hopefully all of the plants start to add to the high ‘food forest’ we have been working on…We added 2 cherry bushes in the spring so much of the fruit production in the future.

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Posted by on November 27, 2019 in Construction


More Beds. And some Hugelkultur is not just bush and perennial beds we are making. Also in the mix are some new garden beds. Last year we had 1 big bed and after today we have another 4 beds which should be ready to grow in the spring. The soil is MUCH better in the big bed than it was last year at this time..we have been augmenting the soil and it is much the same with the new beds we takes time to build better soil when the base is soggy clay everywhere..but time and effort should help things out.

There are 2 beds which were started today of which I loaded with 8 inches of softwood bark from splitting kindling…which should aid in the soil augmentation. We also had bought some asparagus to plant but wanted a more dedicated area…so we created one too. A little over crowded due to me putting in some grape and dappled willow cuttings ( I trimmed and figured putting some rooting compound on and sticking them in the bed was better than throwing them away )…we will let the meager results speak for themselves next year!


We are building soil to grow better and more veggies..and are hoping that this is only the start!

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Posted by on November 22, 2019 in Construction


Dismantling Our Original Garden Bed

Well, some fall augmentation of beds. Our 1st bed at our place was dismantled. It served us well but we like our new semi-raised bed model..and we also have some nice ground juniper in behind the bed so now we will be able to tend to it. The area cleared and not quite level or done… One last job for the backhoe before taking it off the tractor. 10 minutes to get the backhoe off this time, such a massive improvement over the previous 2 hours ( which was an improvement over the 6 hour original ordeal ).  The tractor does make it fairly easy work…messy but easy.

..and the ‘bog’ area will stay until next least I know where the water is going!

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Posted by on November 9, 2019 in Construction


Rockin It

Rocks anyone? Well, we needed a new place to store our shrubs in time for fall planting season. The rocks are from the dirt pile we have been removing dirt from..which was all the original ground

cover for the cleared area..Soil is in great shape after 4-5 years.

Some of the soil we used for new beds and others we made into new garden beds for a more bountiful harvest next year..hopefully.

Finalised. Going to be primarily dedicated to A* favorite brown eyed susans..and more. Loki like it and basks in the final days of sunny fall weather..going to turn cold really soon..already 2 frost warnings.

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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Construction


Piles of Wood

Well, we have a whole lot of stacked wood going on now. Most of the area we cleared in the summer is now a wood storage area. download_20190925_074427we also went back to regular stacking vs the Hulsfors from last year. The round shape made covering difficult so we went back to our usual method. Let’s hope for a short burning season!

Yes. Needs some finalizing work but mid task is never a good time to augment short term storage for longevity!

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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Construction


Some 1st Year Garden Results

Garden producing..the new beds need more soil augmentation this fall/spring to help with the soil quality but we are happy enough with things for year 1 with the long bed..

Not wanting to be too adventurous with new varieties we stuck to some of our known favourites..but tried out ground cherries ( a variety of tomato?) and really loved them!

..we already ordered/recieved a pile of shit…manure for future augmentation..many of our other beds need manure too so we ordered big. We also have fall plans to ‘islandize’ some of our perennials..the war of the perennials has been tough on some while allowing others to the point where many of our original beds look completely different due to some plants taking over. We want to keep some of our favourites but these always seem like the ones who are losing bed wars…so a new area of isolation!

…and the manure is in another newer area we are creating with fill from the new area I am pulling stumps from..but more on that later.

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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Gardening, produce