[Homestead] Homestead bloggin'
akkabhomestead at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 16 17:26:13 EDT 2008
Saw my very special little grandbaby on Friday and Saturday...what a joy
she is. How did I ever live without her? She's 9 months old this week.
Does she have any of your Leif Errickson look about her ?
*****JRose does have blond hair, but it will be dark. She's going to be tall, and she seems to like animals and nature. DD, a blond, Would be 1/4 Finnish and 1/4 Swedish from me an DH. Her DH is 1/2 Norwegian, so JRose has a high percentage of Scandi blood in her. My little Viking.<g>
I also plan to move 5 azaleas to a new bed where they will receive more
sun. With all the rain lately, I suspect I'll be mowing again by the end
of the week.
Where you live, Azaleas should be so thick rooted and dug in that this could be
your biggest job,,,ugg...
*****They are only about 5 years old. I planted them-one gallon size- in front of the deck, but they don't get enough sun or winter wind protection. By moving them, I hope to improve both. I had 7 azaleas, but dogs took out the ones on the ends-you know how they are with the leg hiking thing. The new planting bed is a round bed, slightly raised next to a tree. The chickens get in that bed, but not the dogs.
I really want to start my next big project, a tire tread edging for the
garden area and a few other places, but I doubt I'll get to that this
This sounds like a great idea, one suggestion in that vein. If you ever see a
'office setting' type business that is going out of business and
selling the furnishings, sometimes you can find very thick translucensent office
mats. They come in many different sizes and can be cut down with a draw knife
of some sort. It wouldn't last as long as tires, but if you could find
some, it would be a lot easier to cut enough to fit your space. They usually
are at giveaway prices, used.
****Sounds like a good idea for the garden, too, lay the mats down to thwart weeds. Car mats would probably be good at that, too. Thanks.
Out here, people run ads on Craigslist , offering to buy fresh fruit and
*****My plans for the week got sidetracked today, as usual. My best friend came over and we decided to glean another neighbor's garden. He had invited her to pick beans, so we went down there to brave the wilds of his garden. It was almost so weedy with grass and morning glories that it was scary picking. There were like 6 40 foot rows of pole beans. We each picked a 5 gallon bucket full and could have picked more. I am stringing and snapping beans and doing email all at once. :)
Since I was working this year, I did not plant beans this year, and now with the economy tanking and I am still unemployed(thankfully, although I shouldn't be), I am very grateful to get the beans. My friend also cleaned out her freezer to make room for the fresh venison going in, so I traded about 10 pounds of pork products for 30 pounds of venison. She did not want any more, so I think that was a great trade. I did not have any deer meat in the freezer, but now I have some cubed steaks and ground meat and other goodies. Anyway, as I was picking beans, I thought about all those folks in town who don't have gardens to glean, all the homeless folks who don't have land to garden, and how horrible the times to come might be. I feel very fortunate to live in an enclave where people help each other out and all have the same goal of putting food by. I am very fortunate.
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