Thursday, September 6, 2018
This years garden has been horrible compared to other years. Each crop has been short lived and the squirrels are eating my ripe tomatoes and that's never happened before in the 17 years I have been gardening at this home.
I did finally get a leaf vacuum last fall from a family friend whose husband had passed away. It works nicely as if the leaves were run over twice by a mower. It's composted leaves are much cleaner (very few weeds in the mulch).
I still have tomato plants and carrots planted. I'm not counting much on the carrots. I haven't been tending them much as I probably should have.
I conducted a potato experiment this past spring by putting potatoes in a large flower pot and keep burying the plant as it grows. I had three pots and we got one meal of small roasted potatoes. Very tasty though. I used Yukon Gold and was pleased.
The Golden Retriever in the photo alongside my profile was 14 years old when we said goodbye at Christmas two years ago. But there are four other furry friends that are residents in my home. Maybe one day I will share their photos.
I have two birdhouses in my back yard. One is under the roof I put out over the back door and the other is on the back fence. My wife built it when she was a kid (her dad was going to throw it out). I put it up and each house had at least two broods of House Wrens.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
He had this little two inch creature and was playing/toying with it like a cat. We think its a vole. Under the leaves were all sorts of habitat trails, so I gues I disturbed him/her from their wintering home.
Tuesday it rained and on Wednesday I emptied 1.0 inches from the rain gauge.
Friday I noticed the radishes starting to push up through the ground.
Saturday it rained and I emptied 2.3 inches from the rain gauge on Sunday. I also noticed the radishes were no longer pushing but were now exposed and the "pushed" ground was washed down.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Finally got the veggie garden tilled. Added 50 pounds of bone meal, 50 pounds of lime, 15 gallons of wood ashes and 340 gallons of 17 month old composted leaves. Rototiller started on the second pull!
I planted two rows of radishes, four rows of spinach and one row of romaine lettuce. Since I went a little excessive with the leaves, I ended up having to sift the soil for covering the seeds otherwise the leaves would be blocking the germination.
After planting, I cleaned out the leaves from three flower beds and plan to gather up the leaves with the mower tomorrow.