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At a certain point, the
world is so wet that even Edgar doesn't want to go out and graze. So
the herd calls in takeaway.
I mounted a 5 gallon bucket EZ miser
to the back of the wheelchair chicken tractor.
On the sixth straight
day of rain, the creek finally started to rise. The asparagus responded
a few days earlier, beginning to provide whole meals of spears around
day three. Tenacious weeds loosened their grip on the earth on day
four. And on day five, trees and bushes sudden seemed twice as green.
Anna's brother Joey has a discovered an easy way to mount a lightweight solar panel to the underside of his underground house.
Now that everyone's done
drooling over Mark's new mower, I thought it might be helpful to share
our thought processes in choosing the new tool. A homestead like ours,
with grassy aisles between permanent garden beds covering a couple of
acres, needs a mower small and nimble enough to dive into nooks and
crannies...and preferably hefty enough to cut thick weeds and power up
slick hills without burning out or breaking its handlers. Here are the
mowers we've considered and/or tried.
What better gardening
activity is there for a rainy day than potting up? I guess most people
don't actually do the work in the rain....
Even though I've
changed my loyalties from stump dirt to storebought potting soil for
the starting stage, I'm still content with homegrown options for
potting up. Half stump dirt and half well-aged horse manure gives
hungry plants plenty of nutrients while waiting for frost danger to
pass. And, at this age, there's no worry left about damping off.
The new Honda mower was easy to set up and
even easier to start.
When I moved
the surviving blueberries and gooseberries downhill from the
ultra-shady spot where they originally lived, I was a bit concerned that
such mature bushes wouldn't survive being transplanted. So I pruned
them harder than usual, removing perhaps a third of the top growth.
Then I waited to see what would happen.
So far, so good. The
plants old enough to bear fruit are indeed blooming copiously and the
tender new leaves show no problems yet. It'll be awfully nice to have
the fruit so close to the back door for daily picking, and I can
already tell I'm going to get three times the pleasure despite cutting
the planting size back by a factor of four. Now that's math I can get
After much research we
decided to go with a Honda self propelled lawn mower.
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