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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:41am

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. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 10, 2015 at 10:52pm

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! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 8:21pm

Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 7:56pm

I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 6:20pm

Washington State Dept of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Eastern Washington this spring.

To participate, contact WSDA by Feb. 27 at wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov (mailto:wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov) or call the agency at (360) 902-2056. The collection dates and locations will be set later, based on the response we get. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.

“We encourage farms, businesses, residents and landowners to check their property and buildings to look for pesticides no longer used or wanted,” said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of pesticide collection. “Proper disposal prevents expensive cleanup, protects public health and helps growers seeking Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.”

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide for information about the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:27pm

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).

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 2:13pm

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. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:46am

And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with  a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.

What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2015 at 7:42am

Barbara, I just store my sweet potatoes and squash on shelves in the cool (55 deg) basement. I do put parsnips and carrots and beets in my fruit cellar in buckets of sand, where it's as cold as freezing.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 10:21pm

Ahhh, progress!  Both trees and all berry bushes have many new buds and leaves in just a couple of weeks. I'm taking that to mean they are alive and growing. I feel like I should start a 'baby book' to track their progress. :) 

 

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