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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

Posted in Cameron Veale, Planting