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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 beds..so 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

..it 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 made..it 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 too..one 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!

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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 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

 

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