Monthly Archives: September 2018

Some Like it Long

Added a new food bed. We took out the raised beds we had near our dwelling and have been growing only tomatoes, peppers and zucchini since that time. The bed soil from the raised beds went into 2 other beds with 2 haskap(s) and a goji shrub and the other bed is (now) filled with oregano ( 8ft x 5ft). Great soil but we wanted to start fresh and do some experiments with augmenting our clay soil so we can do more with it in the future instead of trucking soil in to grow ( spoiler: we do buy a little for top dressing ).

This new bed is in a wetter area ( during wet weather anyway) so we thought it would be a good spot to plant in the future with raised beds. We dug a 35ft x 4ft(ish) rectangle in full sun down 1ft to break up the soil. Next we took 4 tractor bucket loads of soil which was originally the plant matter for the area. When we cleared the land with the tractor I pushed all of the top layers of soil and dirt into a mound and let it all sit and break down. Now after 3 years the soil seems rich in composted vegetable matter. Still some clay spots but not too bad as it seems broken down.

Finished off with a truckload of some good garden soil and in a week or 2 we will mix in some sheep manure and cover the whole thing for the winter and test the soil in the spring. Hopefully it all goes well and it is our new model for bigger beds in the future!

..been working on a publication for my mother and I still have an Adobe Spark account for 3 days. Neat little program ( I used it with an inDesign publication )..but I digress. The moral to the story is don’t expect more artistically motivated pictures ( yes, I am looking at one of you ).


Posted by on September 15, 2018 in Construction



For the last year I have also had my clothes in a different room ( my thinking was that having 1/3 of the space filled with my dresser and side of the armoir was not worth the 45 seconds a day I spent getting ready) and after a year A* decided to join me and we moved everything ( except her dresser ) into the spare (J*) room. Makes for a cleaner room which we want to be in and that led us to changing it up in the living area too.

Over the years thinking about some of the things we hate about our place..and usually things centered around lack of space. There are limits to what we want to build so we thought that one way to create more space would be to remove some of the things which are taking up space or too much space for what we need it to do.

Sold the couch, seated mirror, coffee table, small table, chest ( which was our counter in the kitchen for 10 years ( served us well and we sold it for the same price as we paid for it ( but I was willing to burn it if we could not sell it!)) and got rid of our old IKEA bed which was our ‘..well it still works..’ bed which we got it from a friend for $100 back in 2003..still worked but resale was not much of an option. We did replace some things…a full length wall mirror, my grandmothers old bed (which A* just refinished) and a smaller coffee table is in our purchasing future too.¬†We realize it will have more in it soon but we like it wide open for now!



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Posted by on September 3, 2018 in Construction