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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!

Sure..it 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 sage..no harm in trying!

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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gardening, landscaping

 

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Grape Shape

..over the first 5 years of having grapes we have had great success with growing grapes..but in reading about wineries and encouraging proper shape of grapes plants I thought the trellis area could use some augmentation. Early spring I hacked off all of the vines I did not want to keep and limited growth to 2 or 3 vines on each plant with the hopes of training the vines in a more controlled fashion. The though process is that we do not want lots and lots of grapes but we want less grapes with more size and flavor…worth a try…experimentation is fun!

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..and as the season progresses I have been giving it a trim up to continually shape the vines..Not a fast process but by this time next year the vines should be all trained up! The trellis looks a little bare this year compared to other years as a result..but the growth is still fairly healthy

 
 

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Garden Growing

Well, the garden has been doing OK..soil needs more work as there was too much clay to fix all at once. We made the bed too wide and it is hard to really work as a result but we will make due for now. We also created 2 new smaller and less wide beds for next year ( the park pic ). One thing we did do with these 2 beds is add char ( near 10% ) to help things grow..I have seen that it does not work out in year 1 ( but that was OK as we mostly want to establish the bed now and did not expect vigorous growth in the new beds)…we will see! Next year we are going to have much more concentrated beds.

..and a shot of A* from a recent foggy hike.

 

 

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Boxed Veggies

oops..where the heck did my writeup go?

Well Spring is casually making a go of ending the cold weather..slowly. We have started in on our garden..inside in all of the windows we have smal plants on the go and so today ( or the other day since I am rewriting this) we cleared off the garden boxes and replanted the early plants ( a little late but whatever!)..lettuce, kale, spinach, beans..we need to get some onions while I am on the subject! As of right now we have 5 of the 6 boxes planted..We DO have the other 8 new boxes to plant (once we amend the soil) so we should still have room for the multitude of tomatoes on the way!

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..and just a couple shots of our weathers outside concrete ornaments which we did not store over the winter..they are beginning to fall apart..amazing that there are actually green places in the flower beds..a little anyway!

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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Gardening, produce

 

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Slow progress

Why has the sun forsaken us? The last 2 years we have been well into spinach..it is around 1.5 inches at this point..stalled I assume from lack of sun,heat or love. Spring is usually the season for fresh salads..this year we have just been drinking a bowl full of water as a subsitute..this rain could drive a man to drink…so that is what the plan is while the Bruins game is on. I’ll show you rain..its fargin war. If it does not stop raining by Saturday I am going to take the law into my own hands and use my bow and arrows to shoot a rain cloud in the hopes of vanquishing the rain.

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Gardening

 

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Heritage Seeds

..oops..I think I meant heirloom seeds..just noticed it. WHen I say ‘heritage’ you think ‘heirloom’

We are changing some things up this year with regard to the garden..we got some heritage seeds so hopefully we will be able to keep some of the produce and have some seeds for next year. We will be growing our usual veggies and augmenting with these. We said we would not start any indoors this year but it looks like that may change!

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..man..I posted this online last night with a mobile app and a couple of things went wrong..it double posted then it did not upload the picture of the front of thee seed packs..which actually say what they are specifically..they are all fairly normal with the exception of a blue tomato..The guys selling them had pictures of the actual produce and it looked really neat so I wanted to give it a try myself!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Gardening, produce

 

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Garden Mini-Greenhouse (ish)

Last year and the year before A* and I started much of the garden indoors..it took up room, we had to constantly move the seedlings and they were prone to die..many of them made it and we planted them after 2-3 weeks inside. When we put them in the ground we also planted seeds outside..A month later and you could not tell the difference between the ones we started indoors and the ones we planted outdoors..so this year we said we were not going to start indoors. One thing that we did want to do was to at least make a mini-greenhouse from one of the raised beds so tonight with the longer nights I spent an hour experimenting with the boxes.image

Over the winter I covered the ground with some straw to keep it semi-insulated to keep the compost active..In this shot I just uncovered the box that I am going to build a coldframe with.image

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The beginnings of the frame..I used some pieces of wood that I had around the yard and scrap from when I did the flooring back in Nov. Around the frame I secured some vapor barrier that had been used to keep wood dry..the wood was gone so I cut some into sizes that I needed. I secured the barrier between 2 scraps of wood at the top.image

the back opens up to allow air to escape and the front flips up so I can get more air in if I need it. This was another one of those projects where I could have spent 4 hours coming up with ‘the best plan’ but instead I thought about it for 5 minutes, experimented for 10 then spend 45 constructing..better to have something done then perfect…plus there is the fact that it will be coming off in a month anyway when the weather warms up.image

On the rest of the boxes I left some empty of straw, some with only straw ( as it was ) and covered a couple of more with vapor barrier so I could see which method would be best for the future..I am only attempting to warm the soil up for planing in a week or 2..well..almost..image

I could not resist putting some lettuce in the mini-greenhouse..it is still below 0 on many nights but the days are much warmer..which reminds me..I need to get out and tap some maple trees this weekend..perfect weather for sap to make a small batch of maple syrup!

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..quite a difference to a month and a half ago!
 
 

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