Monthly Archives: November 2018

Sturdier fortified with ugliness!


..our most prized tractor implement has started to pay the price of time out in the and mud..rain and hard work began to take a toll on the old rear blade of ours ( it was rusted when we got it with the tractor as part of the price negotiation process ). The backhoe is great but for versatility and day-to-day usage the rear blade rules supreme. Moving and leveling dirt, moving dirt, moving rocks and most importantly of is our snowplow so when we noticed it was beginning to pull free due to rust we began to worry..last spring ( it was a ‘tomorrow D-‘ problem which tends to be put on the back burner until something comes to a head..well, the blade nearly ripping free on a fall test run was the impetus we needed to start getting the blade snow-shape before we needed it in the winter.

These things are not cheap brand new…which makes us happy to have it welded anew for $100. It did take me nearly 3 hours to loosen the bolts so I could get the blade off the rest of the entire read blade tractor attachment ( once again thanks rust ) so that it would easily fit into the bed of the truck..but the time is well spent in compared to spending an additional $1400 on a new blade. I was in such a celebratory mood that I also ordered $150 in 1-and-3 gravel..which is the bigger stuff for road building..which we are going to use to cover uneven ground in an area we want to drive through without having to remove trees or dig down. The path winds through a copse of jack spruce on our property so if we did down we would immediately be in roots and we will end up killing all the tree roots..which is to be avoided for now.

Either way..this winter we are all set and fortified for snow plowing. Now lets hope there is no snow this year so we don’t have to use it…ignore the snow on the ground..that amount I could deal practically is not snow.

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Posted by on November 24, 2018 in Construction


New Beds ( before the snow )

Fall is such a wonderful time of year. A nice warm(er) day before the snow files is always such a treat..if you squint hard the frost on the grass looks like dew on a warm sunny morning.

Grabbed about 25 pitts from a nice cherry tree in the city I am hoping to get a version of..Might not make it but for the 10 minutes it took to clean the fruit it seems worth a shot. The biggest problem might be identification of the cherries once the weeds grow in. Hopefully.



A ‘rose of sharon’ bed (9) from 1st year seedlings. Our neighbor grew the ‘rosh of sharon’ and he said he would drop ‘one’ by..but he meant a bunch so we decided to put in a whole 25 ft raised bed after we had just finished off the other beds…but free shrubs are free shrubs. They are small and might not make it but worth a try. We also doubled down on this new bed and put in 14 grape in we cut off a new growth and put 2 buds underground and 2 above for each cutting. WHen I finally did it I think I might have missed the ideal dates but I was trimming the grape bush back and thought I would try anyway with the spare room..if they take we will move them next year.

..and the rest of the bushes..rhododendron, smoke bush, 2 viburnums, 2 9-bark, dappled willow, 2 french hens and a turtledove, Hard to tell with no leaves left on anything but I blame winter for the poor tree identification..I know there are 3 more shrubs.


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Posted by on November 18, 2018 in Construction