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End of the Season?

End of the Season?

Looks like winter is here..the end of all things green and wonderful.
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But before we got the snow we had a nice day to finish up the chores. Drain cistern, give everything a go over, turn off the outside water pipe..all the same as every fall. A new addition this year is removal of the gutters in prep of snow sliding off the new metal roof.

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Everything we planted this year seems to be doing OK. Having spent so many years monitoring the (so many) plants and shrubs and watching progress has made landscaping easier..at least from a recognizing standpoint. While we wait for the snow to start sliding off the roof ( and it ending the sliding) we have to plan and prep cutting area and plan an extended garden with a small orchard.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping, off grid, todo

 

How to Make a Huge Batch of Grape Jelly

Step 1: grow grapes and spend time nurturing, supporting and trimming the vines for maximum production\
Step 2: go back in time 3 days to a simpler time when birds did not know that the grapes were a food source…

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dang you birdholes! I had plans to eat several hundred biscuits with that jam! I think next year we will harvest a little earlier and not wait for the weather to turn cold..the birds apparently did all damage over the course of 1 day..’Hey, D- I noticed a bunch of birds in the yard yesterday’ but they were not back when I cam home today’ maybe some netting for end of season…or an early harvest..or an ambush. I have a year to plan.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Gardening, produce

 

Some Eggplant Parmigiana Anyone?

..well the eggplants really came into their own these last couple of weeks..been a good year for veggies..first time for eggplants for us..they are great but they do take up more space than other veggies so whether we grow more next year will depend upon A* and he recipe..more soon!

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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Gardening

 

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Full Swing

Nice to have the heat of summer back..and the garden is starting to pop..including there new Scarlett runners ( in a temporary space for this year while we finalize the yard space).

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And the grape trellis is really growing like crazy..had to trim it down twice already as it was getting hard to walk by without the vines attempting to pull you in..looks like a bumper crop this year. Soon all the perennials will be flowering too which will help beautify the situation…very dry for the last month too…which is odd for the area.

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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Gardening, produce

 

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A Shrubbery!

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Looking around the yard many of the perennials are in a pitched battle for space and the space they require growing.. So we have been working at creating new beds and relieving some spacing issues by creating separate spaces for perennials to grow into the future.. And a whack of shrubs!

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Flowering dogwood,  sandcherry,  spirea x 2, goji, haskap, wegelia and potenella..and now we wait for beauty and berries to arrive.. In 2 years..

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping

 

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Garden Survivors

.. Put some spinach and lettuce in the garden today and we still had some surviving from last fall.. Along with some cilantro.. Thyme seems to always do fine and while it loses its color it stays the same size.

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Also put some spinach into one of the new garden beds and lettuce and spinach in the old raised boxes.  We eventually want to level off the current garden box area (fall) so we are setting up some temporary beds while we continue to clear and prep a bigger garden plot.  Each of the 2 new beds is equal to 4 of our raised beds.. The soil needs more work…

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.. And while the tractor does a great job of digging and smoothing things out but the big rocks still need to be moved out/stacked for when the soil dries out and we can bring in the tractor to move the rocks oit.. Last fall was a muddy mess after a while which we eventually got into half decent shape before winter.. I am avoiding driving on the wet clay during the spring..

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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping

 

Chow and Jam

No,  not the chow and jam dance moves..

We have not really done much canning and with the tractor and the potential for a proper cold room (and room/plans for a bigger garden) we wanted some practice..

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Making a concerted effort to try to use what we produce..not that the grape vines produced much.

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in food, Gardening, produce