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Rioja

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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

May 2015

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May 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

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Dealing with deer

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Searching for various ways to keep the damn deer away, or at least to use them as a food source.   Came across this method which seems to be a sure fire way of doing it ….

 

Actual letter from someone who farms, writes well and tried this:

I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.. the first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up– 3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold.

The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope .., and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope.

That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer– no chance.

That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals.

A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.

I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual.

Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer’s momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. I didn’t want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder – a little trap I had set before hand..kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.

Did you know that deer bite?

They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when … I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head–almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective.

It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose.

That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal –like a horse –strikes at you with their hooves and you can’t get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.

I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds. All these events are true so help me God…

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March 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Autumn Chores

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Looks like winter is around the corner.   Sky is starting to look more and more like snow clouds.

Late November afternoon looking south

Lots of digging the past week.   Took the sod off of about 500 square feet and then turned the soil over.   Then took the sod and turned it upside down on the planting bed so the sod would decay over the winter and provide some good humus for next years crop.

Beds for next year

Bloody stuff weighs a ton though.  And the grass has been left to grow for 15 yrs so the root system is pretty strong.  A file to sharpen your shovel is imperative !

I’ll have to figure out some kind of fencing material to keep the deer out of the vegetables this winter.  Lots of them around and they seem to love fresh growing vegetables.   I love to eat meat with my vegetables so perhaps some sort of mutual arrangement can be made !

Eventually I will have about 2,000 square feet of annual vegetables growing.   Should provide a lot of stuff.   Aiming for about 20,000 square feet of edible perennial food some of which will be a cash crop.

May get a hive and stick that out back somewhere so I can start to learn about making honey.

Moved my 250 gallon water container down and have it near one of the vegetable beds.   I’ll pack snow in there so I have water to start before the well gets drilled.  Had to drag that off the truck and a few hundred feet up to my “campsite”.

Used to hold 250 gallons of olive oil from Italy

House is already to pour the foundation in the spring once the go ahead comes.  When it comes.  Will be glad to get that, build, get the certificate of occupancy and then shut the gate.

Waiting to pour concrete in the spring

 

soil has been broken up now for where the trees are to go.  Nice long strip along the property line for the 1,000 spruce and 200 poplar trees.  Back too is all ready for the maples, tamarcks and pine.  Will have to start building up firewood perhaps in the next few weeks for next winter.

Good to be far back from the road

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November 13, 2011 at 3:34 am

We should all protest big brother ……

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“A third of humanity doesn’t want to ride bikes anymore; that has profound geopolitical implications.”
—Anne Korin, the co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (May 1, 2005)

Fall has arrived.  EU and the UK have announced further “spending” recently to shore up the economies.   US not too far behind.  Keeping one’s house in financial order only seems to apply to you and I not to countries, big banks and big insurance companies.   Few people seem to realize the governments are now spending our future to prop up a system that if falling apart.

A short chat on BBC

Vanity Fair has a recent article on how government is collapsing close to home.

I have never been one to point to any form of government as one of leadership, quick thinking and of any sort of grasp of the obvious.  Meanwhile still waiting on the permit as the long government authority do whatever they can to do nothing.  Astounding.  Meanwhile it looks like I won’t be spending much money in the local economy this year as I wait.  I should have a site buried in snow soon though !

Home someday

I’ve had a strip of land cut about 35 feet wide and 500 feet along side the property line.   This is where I will plant the 1,000 white spruce first, then 200 poplar trees inside that.   Leaves me a 50 foot by 500 foot strip of land to put to other purposes.

A line of Spruce trees then Poplar trees eventually

In the back acerage I’ve had it all cut back for the 800 white pine, 1,000 tamarack and 500 maples trees.  Big area about 300 feet wide and 800 feet long.  About 3 american football fields stacked together.

Getting the back acerage ready for tree planting

This back area is quite big so I as the trees grow I will stick in a few arbours and benches here and there to relax in.  I think places I can take back a bottle of wine and lunch to relax and think about things on the sunny days summer and winter.   Found one spot under a tree all cleared out with a big rock which will be perfect.

A spot for a bench, wine and lunch

Already have some grapes growing so I will need to spend time this winter researching the older variety of grapes grown in Canada, north eastern US and the UK to produce my local vintage wine.  Even growing on their own these seem to be doing ok !

Crops for the winery

Another month or so and I will have to close up my “campsite”.  Quite comfortable in the warm weather of summer and fall.  And I’ve spent many a day relaxing in the afternoon on the small patio I dropped down.  BBQ is great to cook on.  Will be a bit too chilly though in another few weeks !

My Camp

Wishing I had brought a bottle of wine !

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October 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Planting Trees

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September has arrived and fall is knocking on the door.   Permits still tied up in red tape and bit of the back and forth game.  Instead of getting frustrated I’m moving along with the forestry side of things during the late summer and fall.

Since much of my heating will come from wood I spent a lot of time looking trees that would grow locally and produce a lot of btu’s for heat.   Also I wanted trees that would be good coppicing which is the art of cutting down a tree at the 5 or 7 or 20 yr point and allowing shoots to grow up rapidly from the stump, driven by the extensive root system.   This provides a regular harvest of firewood easily attained on a rewewable, sustainable system.   The trick seems to be getting the right trees and the right mix for where one is.

Silver Maple

I’ll start off with a few clumps of silver maple which grows fast and is quite good good at coppicing.  Some I will allow to grow to their full height of 70-100 feet over time so there is a good mix of trees.  The wood is a bit brittle so not too great for making furniture and such.

   

Silver Maple

An equal number of red maples will get planted.   These too produce good fuel and will coppice easily.   The wood is used for making all sorts of stuff and harder than the silver maple.  These too will grow relatively quickly and get to around 80 feet.

Red Maple

The main fuel tree will be Black Locust tree which is actually a legume.  So it will work to fix nitrogen in the soil by taking it out of the air and save me buying and lugging fertilizer around to do the same thing.  Let the plants do it themselves and save my time for drinking.  Black Locust is a really hard wood that was used for ship building, posts and fencing, railway ties long ago.   A full cord of Black Locust wood is equivalent to a ton on anthracite coal so it is one of the best to burn.

Black Locust

Black Locust

Its also used in the honey industry – particularily in France – where the bees produce one of the best honeys when they have access.   so lots of these and I may branch into honey and fermented that for mead and wines.

Black Locust in Bloom

I’ll also be sticking a lot of poplar trees around the property but away from the house.  They can grow very fast and very big, 150 feet if left alone.   So so for firewood but great to listen to the wind through the leaves.

Poplar

Along the roadway I will stick in about 4 willows to break the north wind.

Willow

A big advantage of planting all the trees is restoring the native habitat and bringing in wildlife that will help keep pests in check so that the annual vegetables and perennial food plants give a lot of food with minium work from me.

Today I was down planting a bunch of rose shrubs along the property line.  Four cedar trees in around the cedar gateway entrance and a blue spruce in.

Rosa Rugosa

Moving along but not as quick as I would want !

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

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September 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm