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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Randall, we are well-above our average - 80 yesterday. It may appear I'm industrious, but keep in mind everything I'm doing is new. First veggie garden, first compost pile, first planting of trees, etc. All the planning, the great lists, diagrams, etc. were fun to do. However, reality is they are just a guideline and I find reality is a tad different. Mother Nature doesn't give a wit about my well laid plans. :)
Joan, certainly a learning experience with the rabbits. Design of my hutch very poor - okay for rabbits, but I want to handle them everyday as they are only 7 weeks old. Real challenge to catch them. By this time next year I'll know exactly what both me and the rabbits need cage wise. Meanwhile, each morning I go out to see them brings new information.
For those of you who do container gardening - do you 'refresh' soil in your pots at beginning of every season? I read that we should empty all container soil onto tarp in sun for a couple of days to get rid of any organisms, then mix in some compost and re-use. This method is for annuals where you are going to plant something new in old dirt. Instead of growing flowing vines on my patio in pots/trellis, I'm going to attempt beans and peas in the smart pots this year, using dirt from last year - 'refreshed'. Pretty purple beans should be as attractive as flowers - and I can eat them!
As usual, I get a bit jealous of all the "doin's" my fellow godless gardners write about. Chickens, rabbits, hugelkulturs, etc. But, we all have our own loves and situations, and despite "the grass being greener....", it is what it is (cliche or no). Keep up the good works.
And speaking of weather, we're in for at least two more weeks of sub-freezing temps, well below our average. Yuck.
This type of fence is what I used to let the rabbits into the yard, although ours was a little bigger. It was easy to move around the yard, however, a little tricky getting the rabbits in and out because there was no door.
Barbara, you are so ambitious! I love reading your posts, something new every time. I agree to not get a bigger acreage, at least not for me. I can barely take care of what I have. Your bunnies sound wonderfully encamped. Sorry to learn they eat their new home leaving you with replacement tasks.
In 1966, My then husband was in Viet Nam serving with a mobile medical unit. I rented a house with a big yard in Spokane Valley and none of my children had reached the age of two yet. My folks got us three white rabbits for the kids (not the best idea in the world, but we loved those little critters.) Dad built a rabbit hutch that looked a little bit like this. We also bought a mobile fence that we could move around the yard and the rabbits mowed my lawn for me. I put a wheelbarrow under the hutch to catch their droppings and then put that in the compost. Taking care of those bunnies and playing with them made our year go very fast. Nothing fancy at all. My parents got all females knowing I wouldn't have time to deal with babies. As they grew a little, we thought there had been a mistake and a male was included in one of the three. It just turned out that they were very sexy little bunnies.
Randy, no cellar here. Guess I'll just have to freeze or can.
Spud, we can get an awful lot out of a small space. Mine is small and yet I'm encouraged. I have fleeting thoughts of a larger property, and then quickly say no as I've too much of my labor and money invested here - and I want to see my trees grow up. :)
Bertold, I too have things in bloom that will get zapped with frost - and our last frost date is a ways away.
Joan, I wonder where all the employees of Monsanto will work when pesticides are legislatively determined toxic and illegal. Fantasy on my part.
Bunnies are in the hutch, little Lionheads. Little pooping machines. We are all adjusting. Huge mistake in buying fancy wood hutch online before investigating it thoroughly. Bunnies are munching away at it ... next year they will get new wire cage. Enthusiasm doesn't replace knowledge, ugh!
Planted goji bushes Can't wait to see what they taste like as I've read so much about them on internet. Seeds from grocery store butternut squash germinated - I planted many since I didn't believe they would grow! lol, have enough for entire neighborhood. Combined two hugelkultur beds into one in better position and larger - messy and tiring, but had to be done. Now to let it settle for a month and then plant it. Moving hugelkultur bed created space for a real compost pile in shady area - now to remember to turn it!
If like me you ever doubted whether cardboard draws worms, trust me, it does. When I created veggie beds I put down two layers of cardboard, sprinkled compost to hold in place and then loaded up with about 4" of mulched leaves. Yesterday I dug a trench to put in trellis for cucumbers. WORMSSS! lots of worms, I couldn't believe my eyes.
Life is really about learning something new every day!
Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)
I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.
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Randy, I'm jealous of you and Daniel. The way to get rid of that jealousy is to get off my asstiblule and find an acre or two of land I can afford even if it's in a cold climate.
Joan, I plant most things later than earlier. It appears they more than make-up for the lost time, because they are warmer.
However, I do try to plant peas very early. They've always done well no matter how cold it gets (within reason).
Randy, your pot of vegetables with you roast sounds so yummy. I can almost smell it.
A couple of comments ago you said you have trouble with planting too early. I learned 40+ years ago, don't even think of seeds into the ground before June 1. One year our last hard freeze that killed all seedling was June 16. Wonder what it will be this year?
I do try starting peas early and just plan on restarting them until the weather finally makes up its mind if it is spring, not winter.
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