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Growing weed

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Yes that too is on my list !

I have mastered growing the non fun weeds.  Turning parts of a pasture into productive area of food production is a learning experience about weeds.

Lots of weeds

Lots of weeds

Hard to tell from the picture but 2 days priot it was just vegetables growing and soil between the rows.  Effing weeds shoot up really fast so trying to keep on top of them until the plants get a bit further ahead.   Weeded a bit again last night and thankfully the beets, beans, zucchini , carrots etc are all starting to get ahead.   Kind of reinforces my opinion that getting perennial ground cover surrounding perennial vegetables , fruits and nuts is easier and it all just takes care of itself.

Hazelnut trees are growing really well.   Another year until a small harvest I think.  Will figure out a small press  to get the oil out which is suppose to be identical to olive oil.   Still have to figure out where to grow wine grapes.  Maybe a home built green house.

Lilac

Lilac

Prior owner planted two lilac shrubs at the entrance to the property – which I think i will call Wits End .   Never really sure what a lilac shrub was until someone pointed out this is what I had growing !  Think every day I learn I know less and less.  Thankfully I have an enormous head to fill with stuff.

Starting for Dec 2015

Starting for Dec 2015

Spent a day working off and on with the chainsaw cutting wood for the following winter.  Want to get the 7 cords cut and set aside to season for 12 months.  Although that amount of wood I think i will finish burning in the winter of 2020 for heating and cooking.  Cutting away and trying to carefully watch that the logs aren’t about to start rolling off the pile on to me.  Holding a chainsaw and dodging an 800 pound log at the same time is something i want to avoid with my lack of agility !

Usually by the end of the day I am in the rocking chair , late afternoon sun shining and dozing off.   Often wake up to some complaining birds, chipmunks sniggering, rabbits watching me wondering what the hell i am up to and a couple of deer nearby showing no fear of the great white hunter.   One day….

In the rocking chair trying to keep awake

In the rocking chair trying to keep awake

Written by dcveale13

June 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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Buggering about

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Well I’m getting pretty good at growing grass.   Darn stuff shoots up a foot in a week.   Keeping it down around the house , veggie patch and out back where I have edible perennial stuff growing and paths here and there.   Battery powered weed eater is a good send.  With the solar panels its easy to charge up but need another battery so i can work harder.

Deer have been around making fun of me.   Up one Saturday morning around 6 am and saw a bunch heading for one of the apple trees.  I went charging out in my flip flops and not much else to scare em off.

Deer laughing at me

Deer laughing at me

I got out and jumped up and down a few times and they finally hopped off.

Cowards would not stay and fight

Cowards would not stay and fight

Starting cutting up an old oak tree out back that had fallen over during the winter. Harvesting branches to stick in the garden for the pole beans.   So far its working, beans going up.   See how prolific they are.

Zuchinni growing and pole beans

Zuchinni growing and pole beans

Spent this weekend getting flower stuff planted.   What i know about flowers I could keep in a thimble and have room left over.  All look good at the nurseries but hard to tell what to plant.

Some kind of wild flower. I know its blue

Some kind of wild flower. I know its blue

Grabbed a bunch of bulbs from Walmart of all places and stuck them in this flower bed.  Some other stuff which I believe are annuals I grabbed at Home Depot in between visits to the lumber department.  See if they come up or whatever they are suppose to do!

Will see what comes up

Will see what comes up

Also dug up and planted a bed I scattered wild flowers on.   Forget what the package said and what exactly that means but they seem a lot easier to do than those bulb things.   Will see if anything pops up this year

Easy to plant

Easy to plant

Finished off the some stuff on the deck and built a big planter and trellis.   Honeysuckle plant in the middle (girl at Home depot swore it climb up the trellis.  )   Also planted a bunch of hops in there to grow up the trellis.  Not sure I will make beer but the options is there.   Took me 6 weeks to drink a six pack of beer.  Wine is another story !

Morning coffee spot

Morning coffee spot

Planted 4 big raspberry plants out back not too far from the strawberry and asparagus.   I guess they need lots of room.  Will take off the rest of the grass and put in some low level growth like mint.  Some day.   Shed going up soon along with the pizza oven

Like raspberries more than strawberries so more to be planted in a year

Like raspberries more than strawberries so more to be planted in a year

 

 

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June 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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