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Doubling the Garden Progress…

Doubling the Garden Progress…

We loved the upsizing we did to our garden in the spring…to the point that 7 months later we decided to expand things again. We only had 1 big garden bed at the end of last season after harvest. After that point we created 4 smaller of which had garlic planted in it. COme spring we made 2 new smaller beds and 3 large beds along the rock walls…to the point this fall where we have 1 very large bed, 6 small beds ( 7 if we include the triangle bed we made..) and 3 large winding beds along walls.

The area where we wanted to expand had a gentle hill on it and was at the end of our small beds…or did. We removed the hill to level off things in prep for spring bed creation..and have started using part of the dirt to create additional flower/shrub beds for all of the things we still need to plant.

If you are asking whether this is a ‘chicken or the egg’ situation…both are accurate. We needed more dirt to create shrub beds and the easiest situation to get the dirt was to expand the garden..but we wantd the garden expanded…almost equally.


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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! 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 harm in trying!


Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gardening, landscaping


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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.

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.







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 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


Spreading Seeds

With fall in the early stages and A* and I with grass seed (from 2 years ago) we needed to double down. We were not even sure if the seed was still good..the land is not perfectly flat, free from (all) rocks ( but most of the fist sized and larger were removed) or truly finalized as far as planning was concerned…but we have an area cleared and so we decided to make an attempt and see if the seed was still good and would grow.

We did not seed a 10-15 ft tractor path near the woods/areas we are still going to be working on as we knew the tractor will be back and forth over the area so there was no sense in doing anything..but most of the rest got a liberal dousing of grass seed..And yes, we took a look at the weather to make sure that both cooler weather and rain were forecast..yep..fall is on the way we should have both in spades!




..the old truck cap is our tractor ‘bits’ cover..when the backhoe is not in use it is always in the way..hopefully the grass grows around it..but then again when we need the backhoe again it is going to be torn up..but nothing ventured nothing gained.


..if it does take mowing is not going to be fun..but it beats dirt!

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in dogs, landscaping


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Fire Shine

..well, with clearing land comes the need to burn brush and well dried stumps which have been sitting out of the ground for 9 months..and what is a fire without friends and peach moonshine!


If you squint and use your imagination I look just like a 1984 Tom Selleck..perhaps a shot of moonshine would help too. If you also squint even harder there is a proper rock wall behind the fire…maybe 2 shots of moonshine would help you see it.


A Shrubbery!


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!





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


Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping


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Rocks Abound

I am not even sure if I can tell the difference between these 2 shots from these angles..
..but A* and I have been moving (literally) tons of rocks of all sizes..we got small ones, bigs ones, thin ones, fat ones, heavy ones and light ones, dark ones and light ones, dirty ones and clean ones, chipped ones and scraped ones..basically we have a holy shitpile of rocks. Makes me wonder if we should have started the ‘land clearing’ with a title of ‘rock finding’ that way we might be upset if we did not find the rocks..which we always do. The tractor does make easier work but it is still time consuming uncovering the rocks, piling the rocks, loading the rocks…actually the unloading is fairly easy and goes fast.

Not much rain this spring as the tractor has not been rutting up the ground and things are becoming more level..and less rocky! AdriAAAAAAn!


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.




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…



.. 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..



Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping