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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 spring..at 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 flourish..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

 

Fighting Addictions

..I have a problem. Every greenhouse, garden center or shop I visit where they are selling shrubs and bushes I buy more..I have plenty but I want more, more, more.

..but today we took steps to start fighting the problem..propagation!

Sure..it is late for doing this and the chances of anything making it are slim..but practice makes perfect..and if we can get these badboys to root this whole process should be really easy in spring!

Hydrangea, pierlis, barberry, nootka, dappled willow and some russian sage..no harm in trying!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gardening, landscaping

 

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New Path to the Garden

Well..still some wood for next year in the way but we levelled off the old raised bed area, created a new path to the lower garden and creaded an ornamental raised bed below the oak/chestnut tree..Amazing how fast things go with the tractor bucket is on.

( but the first shot is of the new area I am pulling stumps up from )

..and once we are happy with things we will wait until fall and then put grass seed down. Grass is not our end goal.but it is much easier to deal with than weeds are!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2019 in Construction, Gardening

 

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Ol’ Red Touch-Up

Well the tractor needed some attention. The previous owners did not cover the tractor and stored it outside..there was some rust when we got it which we never addressed..until today. Not the most fashionable point job but it should help protect things from rusting out and needing replacing.

And, we put the backhoe back on the tractor to begin pulling stumps and doing some other work in the future..only took me 1.5 hours to get it on..really and exercise in trial and error..which is very frustrating in 30+ degree weather!

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2019 in Construction