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We harvested enough shitake
mushrooms today to last several meals.
Did I ever mention that
I love manure? Mix in a healthy helping of high horsepower Kubota
action and fertilizing the garden has never been so easy or so fun.
Thanks for coming over and taking pictures, Mom! Your wonderful presence and all those delightful bags of leaves were much appreciated too. Next time, maybe I'll let you drive.
It's been a year since we
moved our firewood station closer to the back door.
My aquaponics experiment
is a slippery slope. I started out with easy
herbs transplanted out of the garden (plus a few daffodils
for color), and all they needed was the tiniest of fluorescent lights
overhead. But as the ammonia got converted to nitrite and the nitrite
to nitrate, I realize the error of my ways --- herbs aren't hungry
enough to use up all of the nitrogen in my tank.
So I've added some
greedier plants, starting these from seed because I don't have any
heavy feeders in the garden at the moment. Cucumbers and summer squash,
plus some basil and parsley to round out my herbs.
A little more paint and the
bedroom is done. It's tough to take a comprehensive photo of such a
small space (literally about twice the size of a twin bed), so here are
a few shots from each direction as a sort of tour.
bed gave me plenty of room for storage. Books by me (multiple
copies of each, so they don't need to be easily accessible) go in the
bookcase support while bins of clothes and ancient journals/sketchbooks
are safe in mouse-proof bins.
The closet is pretty
empty at the moment, but I'm just thrilled to have finally found the
spot where rodents were entering my sleeping space. Down beneath a
built-in cabinet, we discovered a four-inch hole that Mark has now
filled in with wood and liquid nails. No wonder that corner of the
trailer was mouse central for the last decade!
Better yet: my boots and
winter coat finally have a home other than draped-over-that-chair and
tossed-in-that-corner. Here's hoping that cutting down my possessions
to the ones I really use and giving each a place will prevent future
clutter. For now at least, it's a joy to have everything so shipshape.
We made a major goat
One renegade hen got
into the mule garden last Tuesday. "Whatever. It's winter," I said.
The new elevated bed needed an elevated shelf for the night time fan.
While I was sick this
past summer and fall, I doubted everything about the homestead (well,
everything except Mark and Artemesia). Now that I'm bouncing back, it's
easy to settle into old patterns. But I've decided to be smart instead
and make the necessary changes so I don't go down the same dark road
attached my garden-planning file in case anyone wants to use
it as a jumping-off point for your own work-to-joy analysis. For those
terrified by the mere idea of Excel, here's the upshoot:
I suspect we'll end up
having to buy a few more goat carrots, onions, and possibly winter
vegetables. But otherwise we should still be eating primarily off the
farm for the entirety of 2017.
Our first touch of color this year showed up in the form of an aquaponic daffodil.
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