The kitties are passed out on the bed beside me and Bruce is downstairs watching the train documentary i watched last night: "Long Gone". I was trying to finish up some of my knitting before things really get busy around here. Running out of things to watch/ read in the evenings. I can appreciate movies like 'long gone' not because I can listen and knit at the same time <3 but because I am very into peoples stories. I recently got a copy of mark twains autobiography in audio book styles. I have been finding it a little dry at the end of my simple some -what dry days:
This week has been get up and clean a bit. Take the dog i am dog sitting out for a pee. Come in for some eggers n bacon. Take the doggie down the road through the corn fields and down through the maple woods and back to the haus. Then maybe clean up a bit inside and see if the kitties want out.
Check on the seedlings in the mornings and at nigth when i put them to bed ( turn out the lights). The hot peppers germinated in 3 days! As soon as I took them OFF them hating mat. Thy apparantly lik COOL temp. not warm for germination. woops. The ones in the picture are lupins. In the background salad mix that germinated over night. No sign of cilantro life yet.
Check over the list of to-do things for the day and see if theres one i would like to get crossed off. today and yesterday : clear the back fence of weeds
Ive mostly been stalking all the wild grape vines with my new machette. You can see some of the super thick grape vines below sissy hank shaw climbing on the old coop fence. I asked bruce if I look tough handling the thing. Apparantly I look scary because I have over sized gloves on while i work and it makes me look like a clown with a machette. REE REE REE
I have made a sad discovery on the property. 1 and possibly 2 black walnut trees loom close to really great gardening locations. As much as I love wild foods I am not welcoming theese trees with open arms. They release a toxin in their roots that is poisonous to apples, cabbages, tomatoes, peppers, to name a few. if you have ever seen a a
garden near one you know what I mean.
The chicken coop was to go quite near it as well. Does any one know if it will be too toxic for them? On one hand it would kill of germs and bacterias but maybe overall it would hurt the birds too?
He was hard at work today on a beautiful new cold frame. All scavenged materials from around the house.
We can use them to warm up and dry out soils for earlier planting times. We can use them to 'harden off' plants in the months to come. Which means getting my little seedlings use to the outdoor winds and temperatures but still being protected at the same time. they are also good for ' season extension' which is making plants stay warmer in the fall and allowing them to soak up the rays and not mind too much if its actually colder outside. Maybe even some greens all winter...
And of course sissy 7 toes exploring in the wood smoky air
annddd boilin it down in th crock pot....!
Been the perfect days and nights for the sap to be running. Warm all day and then dipping down to zero in the evening again.