At first glance I thought this was animal droppings but it looks like some sort of mushroom. Anyone know what it is?
Some visitors today to the garden :). Continue reading Wooden Rabbits
A few visitors in the garden this afternoon and evening. This dragonfly is no more than 2 inches long. I had to hold up my hand as a backdrop in order to get the camera to focus.
This summer brings about the task of planting some fruit trees in front of the house. Something I’ve been wanting to do since moving here. Last year we planted two apple trees. So this year we set about purchasing nursery trees from Pleasant Valley Nursery in Antigonish.
We chose two pear trees, a D’Anjou and a Harrow Crisp. Pear trees need two different types in order to pollinate. Also, we chose self pollinating trees; a Tehranivee cherry, a Stanley plum and a Venture peach tree.
Here’s a before picture of the proposed planting area taken from the deck above.
Continue reading Planting fruit trees
We thought we would try our hand at growing our own food. Last week we started seeds for lavender, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. Its a week now covered under store bought seed trays. We bought two tray of Jiffy brand soil pellets that had to be rehydrated and then we planted bell peppers and lavender. We had a fe bell pepper seeds left so we started on a different type of tray, one where we had to add the soil. So we did that and added the 9 bell peppers and filled up the rest with cherry tomatoes. Then we had a few cherry tomato seeds left so I scrounged a few plastic bottles and made a few makeshift seed cups.
Overnight last night the tomatoes sprouted (above). The seedlings grow very quickly. During the week I had been rotating the trays and on Wednesday I stacked the tomato tray and the lavender tray. The tomatoes were on the bottom.
I don’t know if its the loose topsoil for the tomatoes, or the fact it was under the tray of lavender, or if its just the tomato seedlings sprout faster.
I can’t remember now if I am suppose to take off the lid, once the seeds have sprouted.
I’m in need of some rock to fill in some wet spots on the road that runs through our property. I also want some soil to mix into the compost pile of mulch we made earlier this year. And I want to make use of a lot of the topsoil that I am digging up from the forested area behind the garage.
A ready-made soil screener would be nice to have, but I don’t have $6,000 to spend on one. So after scrounging for a year I managed to get my hands on some used screens from a crusher plant. I have a few different sizes to use. This one I have on the rack is 5/8 x 5/8 so it will sort about anything smaller than 1/2 inch.
Its certainly is not a “production level” piece of equipment but it will serve the purpose. Best of all, it cost $0 to make.
Sometimes a chore, like taking out the garbage to the road, can have its blessings. Today we retrieved a mitt full of wild raspberries! And of course, we shared with our feathered friends. They sure were curious about the red bump on the end of their perch!
While digging out behind the workshop I ran into this beast. We’ve been debating the removal of a shrub in the garden, so this rock would make a good replacement.
A few pictures from the garden after a day time shower. I always liked trying to capture natural scenes after a rain, everything seems a bit brighter and cleaner.
July 12 2015 (updated Jul 15 2015)
We spent Sunday morning preparing the beds for two apples trees. I have always wanted apple trees, and finally have the time to get some and plant them. The root ball on the Gala is a bit concerning, as we had to cut it out of the bucket. Not because it was root bound, it looks more like the main root has broken away from the root ball.