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Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 9:11am

Photo taken through my kitchen window is somewhat fuzzy. Sorry. There are two bluebirds sitting on top. Forsythia in bloom.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 9:09am

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 7:54am

Kathy, so true (plums plummet). It's brutal today. My bluebird pair seen (hopefully) in this photo I just took, are freezing. And the insects they eat are hiding. I'm thinking about making another bluefird box today. I already have 4 of them, but 3 have never been used for some reason. Bluebirds are fussy about their homes. I can't seem to download my photo. I'll try later.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 9, 2017 at 11:40am
Temps revised to 78 today.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 9, 2017 at 8:53am
The plum tree is in bloom, temps going to hit upper sixties today, then plummet thirty five degrees tomorrow. There go the plums.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 9, 2017 at 7:06am
Tom, 90% of my heat comes from wood, 10% propane. When it gets below zero, wood by itself doesn't cut the mustard. Plus, if I go away for a day or more, I rely on the propane. The only drawback, besides all the work and mess involved, is my furnace blower works constantly, which is an added expense to my electric bill (about $1.50/day).
It's probably a wash as to whether I'm saving any money by burning wood, considering chain saw expenses, truck use, etc. But, I enjoy doing it because I can. It's a "disease". One of these days, I'll be forced to quit--age factor.

As for potatoes, it's like so many other things (wine, cheese, meats, etc.)--there are good and bad qualities in eating them. I'm constantly torn between what to believe. I worry too much and should just enjoy.
Comment by Thomas Murray on March 8, 2017 at 10:18am

Daniel,

Thank you very mulch..er much for the wood chip article.

Randall, is your wood burner furnace the only source of heat for your home? Several winters ago and for one winter my family went on a heating diet and used only the fireplace as the source of heat. We've use pine, oak and poplar. Poplar is terrible for home heating firewood. I used pine first to start the fire quickly and heap the oak into the fire for the rest of the day. There are pros and cons between conventional heating and fireplace heating. However, what my family fondly remembers is the get together in the same fire place room doing family stuff.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2017 at 7:26am

Daniel, I had to LOL when I read your "Randy is wise" comment! I'm definitely NOT. I do know what kinds of wood make best and worst firewood since I've burning for 45 years. By the way, Tom, I have a wood burner furnace in my basement.

I will be planting fewer potatoes this year after reading that eating them isn't the best thing for one's good health. More sweet, less white (potatoes).

Envy no more, Daniel. My 30+ year old apricot trees have seldom produced any edible fruits. It blooms, but that's about it. Every year, hope springs eternal. Temps this weekend are supposed to be in the teens. That'll be the the death of early blossoms. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2017 at 11:30am

Daniel, thanks for the Wood Chip mulch article.  I've read similar before, but like the reminder of some things I've forgotten.  I plan on asking the tree pruners I spot this year for their chips.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 7, 2017 at 10:24am

Randall,

I was debating myself whether should I use pine for firewood in the house. So I don't think we will use pine for our house firewood. I agree about the creosote gums messing up the updraft. We will use the pine firewood for our outside fire pit. The previous house owners left a huge fire-pit in our back yard.

The pit is huge. Last year, during a friendly chat with our next door neighbor, he told me that the original owner of our house used to burn, are you ready?, yea he used to burn rubber tires in the pit!. Unbelievable! When I started cleaning up the back lot of junk pile I recovered 23 tires, some of it were from bobcat loader. It cost me 45 dollars to properly disposed them.

 

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