Posts Tagged With: plants

Round and round the…silver birch

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!

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Desert anyone?

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!

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At long last…

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!

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