This project has been on my list for awhile but for some reason I’ve just not got to it. This afternoon, I decided to get to work and git ‘er done. Bob and I cleaned out the sod and long grass, fixed up the water source (which I’d already plumbed in under the grass a few years ago), added some terra-blocs and planted it with lingonberries and blueberries. It was a simple and clean way to tidy up this area of the backyard. Enjoy your day!
No my title it isn’t a spelling mistake! We’re taught that animal husbandry is one of the principal causes of desertification. I was reading one of my farm books a week or so ago and there was a bit about using animals to maintain and improve pasture, orchards and gardens. Nothing complicated and something we’re going to do, probably commencing 2014. In doing this research, I stumbled across this great TED talk which speaks to the greater issue of desertification on a global scale. Take a few minutes to watch the clip; it’s very interesting and extremely applicable if you have a small holding. Enjoy!
A little late but we got the garden planted today. The weather hasn’t been hot but it sure has been good growing for established plants; our grass and fruit trees are going wild. I think this could be a banner year for fruit. Our summer garden has quite a variety this year including zucchini, crookneck, spaghetti and kuri squash; rutabega; leeks and red and white onions; carrots including bolero and flyaway; beets, tomatoes, lettuce and rhubarb. In the orchard this year, we have four varieties of apples, two pears, three plums and a cherry. When it cools, we’ll plant some peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Our herb garden will have oregano, cilantro, garlic, parsley, chives and basil to name a few. It’s shaping up to be a great year in the garden and now that hydro has picked up the ol’ fridge and we’ve made a pet food storage unit of the ol’ freezer, we have a lot more room for preserves, canning and freezing. I just have to finish the article on root cellars now! Stay tuned to see what happens!