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First weekend in a while without rain.   Lots of weeding around the vegetables.   Thinned out the carrots.   I was going to thin out the beets but one of my deer friends did it for me last night.   Bugger.   Selective eating though so they are thinned out now.   Sprinkled some blood meal on them and the bush beans hoping to deter any more midnight munching.

 

I’ve been enjoying the whites and reds of Rioja this spring and early summer.   Generally all are a blend and the moderate priced ones seem quite good.  Just finished one called the Invisible Man which was quite good for an afternoon.   Another De Padre or DP on the label was enjoyable.

 

Living in rubber boots outside so far

Living in rubber boots outside so far

 

Up at 5 am last week to head up to Ottawa. Bright as the moon sets in the west

Up at 5 am last week to head up to Ottawa. Bright as the moon sets in the west

 

Jerusalem artichoke in back with lovage, save, sorrel in front.  Will come forward 10 feet with other herbs

Jerusalem artichoke in back with lovage, save, sorrel in front. Will come forward 10 feet with other herbs

Will add a some medicinal plants etc once i figure out what those are

Taken me 1.5 yrs to figure out this bird.  King Bird - fly catcher. Pugnacious

Taken me 1.5 yrs to figure out this bird. King Bird – fly catcher. Pugnacious

 

Resting after a day of weeding, watering and grass cutting

Resting after a day of weeding, watering and grass cutting

 

 

 

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July 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Edible stuff

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Putting lots in the ground the past few weeks.  Weekends have been busy as heck.  Lots of rain so what has been planted is growing and the effing weeds are growing faster.  Spend 3 hrs weeding Saturday after 3 hrs of cutting grass.   Cutting more grass today and weeding a bit.

 

Planed two big planters with flower stuff , two big tubs with more flower stuff and two tubs with borage which is my favourite plant to add to salads – leafs and flowers.   Usually a race between the rabbits and I to get to them.  I think this year I have outwitted the bastards by putting them in a tub but will see.   Finally learning that one has to work with mother nature not confront her.

 

Bought flower bulbs from a real store not Walmart this year and they are starting to come up. Not quite sure what they are or what they will look like though.   Have a plot of those and 5 plots of wild flowers.  Figure by July it will all be doing something.

Soon to bloom

Soon to bloom. Can’t live without buckets in the country

 

This stuff made it to the UK when the Romans hung out there for a bit.   For centuries a part of all gardens until the past 30 yrs. Now making a comeback in the UK with foodies and in North America.   Spring shoots are like asparagus and leaves and flowers are edible.

Good King Henry

Good King Henry

 

 

Starting to shoot up.  Will get to six feet in another few weeks.  Smallish sunflower atop.  Sunchoke by another name.   Another perennial making a comeback.   Will store the tubers and use them for soups and frying up in the winter

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

 

 

At least some are eating well

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

 

 

Will dig up this area this fall and some behind me.  Will quadraple the area for annual vegetables and likely test grow some grain for the dual purpose cattle i am leaning towards now

Will turn over this soil

Will turn over this soil

 

Spent the morning laying down these rubber tiles in the pantry (paint in the winter) so I could move the freezer inside.   Will now build some shelving units and start making booze, and once the fruit start producing – raspberry and strawberry jam

Rubber flooring

Rubber flooring

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June 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Humor

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I’ve always thought of humor as a state of mind.  The ability to laugh at oneself as the adventure unfolds.

 

All the book learning I have had seems  to matter little when dealing with the complexity of producing food on the land in a sustainable and resilient way.   Apparently the deer, chipmunks, jack rabbits etc figure I’m there to feed and amuse them.   Out again the other day chasing deer off in flip flops at 6 am.  The jack rabbits now that they have seen me run, just snigger a bit and eat away until I’m a few feet away then leisure move off to some other tasty bits I have planted for them.

 

Success I think comes from watching the animals and working for them.  I mean with them.   Although it may seem I do work for them. Country life is a Three Stooges festival.  Nyuk, nyuk.

 

This fellow – barred owl – came by in mid February and took down a big jack rabbit.  Spent the day in the sun (-20) and nibbled away on his prey.

Sitting on the jack rabbit

Sitting on the jack rabbit

Having a lunch break

Having a lunch break

Devoured the whole thing, fur and all.   Thinking I can hire him for year around control of the animals.  Maybe he can be Hootie and I can be the Blowfish.   If he could keep the chipmunks and rabbits from eating stuff I would worship him/she as a god

 

Have about half an acre towards the first tree line of really good, well drained soil.   Nitrogen fixing black locust are to the north and apple trees to the north east.   The plum trees I will put to the west leaving the area in front of the trees for perennial vegetables, berry and nut trees, herbs, medicinal plants and ones that attract good insects (honey bees) and birds.  Picture below shows a bit of it.  The funny looking things on the ground are old carpets I use for killing off the grass under it to bring new areas under cultivation.

Woodlands garden waiting for the gazebo

Woodlands garden waiting for the gazebo. Green cedars will get taken out shortly

 

Some shots below of stuff growing or to grow – maybe

Mint. Contained now by sod but its suppose to spread where it can

Mint. Contained now by sod but its suppose to spread where it can

Jerusalem Artichoke plot.l Should give about 50 pounds of tubers a year

Jerusalem Artichoke plot.l Should give about 50 pounds of tubers a year

High Bush Cranberry. Grows to 12 feet. edible berry.  50 of them

High Bush Cranberry. Grows to 12 feet. edible berry. 50 of them

20 of these young Hazelnuts growing. Get about 5-10 pounds per year per plant

20 of these young Hazelnuts growing. Get about 5-10 pounds per year per plant

Comfrey. Medicinal. Leaves for mulch and fertilizer.  Harvest 3x a year. 20 so about 250 pounds of fertilizer.

Comfrey. Medicinal. Leaves for mulch and fertilizer. Harvest 3x a year. 20 so about 250 pounds of fertilizer.

 

And a pileated wood pecker for those who made it to the end

Pileated woodpeck

Pileated woodpecker

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May 19, 2015 at 12:52 am

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May 2015

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May 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

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Watch a Tree grow

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I gave awa my tv’s  and was planning on only having Internet at the house but haven’t gotten around to that.   And to be honest its been like shedding an addiction.   I don’t check every 30 minutes for the latest news, email or research something and usually turn off the cell phone.  Instead I read, stop and think or go and look at how much a new tree has grown in a few weeks.  (Surprisingly so sometimes!)  Most of us don’t seem to be able to relax or when you stop to think about it, realize how odd it is to sit down for a drink with friends and everyone is checking their cell phones.   We seem only connected to the immediacy of the moment – not the scale of a week, month , year or decade.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons we discount things like possible climate change or our changing economic status.

Easy dinner

Easy dinner

Flying off with the peanut

Flying off with the peanut

We also seem to have disconnected ourselves from what we are certainly part of.  Nature.   Most of what we have is created from the resources of the earth and energy we extract – which is just stored sunlight encompassed in ancient biomass.   We define ourselves by what we make or build then strive to separate ourselves from nature and keep it in a public park or in the country.  The very thing that keeps us alive as a species we watch  from our car or house windows as if its somehow separate.

Eating the suet

Eating the suet

Lately we seem to value more what Honey BooBoo is doing than turning off the tv, computer, gaming box, cell phone and seeing what is out there.  Go somewhere and listen to the silence.  Hear the birds or owls or coyotes singing.  See the stars.  That’s the reality of what we evolved in and exist in, not the artificial reality most of us live in today.  Go watch a tree grow.

Screw you ! Its mine

Screw you ! Its mine

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October 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

Mead – Wine from Honey

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Hoping next spring to get the first livestock which will be a hive of bees.   I like honey but I really like a drink before dinner.  Mead is, in all likelihood, the oldest alcoholic beverage known to mankind. Before agricultural techniques were developed, humans were traditionally hunters and gatherers. After gathering honey from the hive, the natural yeast and high moisture content would cause the honey to ferment, producing mead.
The term “honeymoon” has been associated with drinking mead during the month long celebration following a wedding in pagan times. In addition to the health giving properties of honey; mead was thought by the Romans to lengthen life and posses unique healing qualities. The ancient Nordic people considered the drinking of mead as a most important aspect of daily life.
A single honey bee colony can produce more than 100 pounds of extra honey and this is what is harvested by the beekeeper. One can make a wine, or a beer like drink.   And variations in between.
And once I figure out how to make toast I will use the honey.
Finished all the tiling but the bathroom.  Working on the shed in between rain storms.  Growing pile of wood to split for next winter shortly.  Wood stove already to light up a fire.
Also got the effing boat out of  Tor0nto and to the the property in latish August on a transport truck.   Bit iffy having the truck able to back in off the road without going into the ditch but its there now for the winter – or the first person who offers $10 bucks and a stick of gum.
Perch for the birds

Perch for the birds

 

 

Written by dcveale13

September 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Why I do what I do

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Some have asked why build a house on an old pasture in the country, why a  “green” house , heat with wood and went off grid.  Well I guess its because I think too much.
Thinking up new ideas

Thinking or sleeping

I have always been interested in self organizing complex adaptive systems such as physics and civilizations.  Learning why a system starts to wobble and then comes apart has always piqued my curiosity.
When I came back to Canada in 2004 I became further interested in other systems particularily the economy energy and climate.  As I could see oscillations had started to occur in these systems.   In one a year of good crop harvests would be followed by a bad year and cycles of a few years of good or bad seem to falling apart.  The economy was and is swinging between euphoria in the markets with day to day transactions replaced with debt rather than earnings.  Companies created profits from accounting practises as their earnings from sales shrink.
 Lots of fresh air
Insurance companies for example have started to project by 2050 will be out of business due to the rising costs of natural disasters.   Toss in the need to increase profits from increasingly risky market activity and they will likely be forced to further change their business models.    Western governments have also legislated that banks can go into depositors accounts to remove money if they require re capitalization.
Oscillations such as the price of gasoline increasing 300 odd per cent since 2000 and similar increases for products such as milk or eggs are indicative of change coming.
As they pass a threshold they move into a period of chaotic movement where outcomes are impossible to predict.   This continues until a new normal is obtained in the system.    Easter Island or Roman civilizations being examples or a hurricane or the life of a star.
All of which lead me to start thinking of managing risk at a personal level.   How to avoid being swiped by failures in some of these components such as the electrical grid or pension plans.   All of which lead me to build a house which pretty much maintains itself, eliminate water costs, electrical and pretty much all running costs.  It also provides me with the chance to take advantage of opportunities as they appear or so I hope as things change.  Some for the better and some for the worse.

 

What to do next

What to do next

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August 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

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