• Our Town

    Lunch with a View

    Finally made our way to Brian’s Landing at Green Lakes today. It definitely is a place with a view. Elaine and I had a nice lunch and even enjoyed a summer shower from the cover portion of the patio. Will have to take the kids out on one of the clear bottom boats at Green Lakes soon.

  • The Orchard

    A Glimpse of an Unfenced Orchard

    Every other month the grass gets a little too crazy in the fencing so we need to go through the process of taking down the fencing. (untie, unstake, move) Mowing, cleaning the mulch (weeds) and trimming any suckers sprouting from the roots. The upside? I get a short glimpse of what it will look like when I no longer need all the fencing to ward off the deer… many many years from now.

  • The Orchard

    Red Rome Beauties and Crimson Crisp

    This years apple bounty is exciting. It’s been 2 years since we originally planted our little orchard and having any apples at all on what started as whips is utterly fascinating. This year all 6 of the apple trees flowered but between the cold snaps and weather fluctuations only 2 of the trees formed fruit. This year I thinned the fruit early (reducing the number of growing fruit in half) not sure if it paid benefits or not but there hasn’t been any shattering like we saw last year. The Rome Red Beauty has a good dozen apples that look good enough to eat. They actually fully ripen in October…

  • The Garden

    Summer Compost Garden

    While in the process of building the new raised beds, or laying them out as there isn’t any actual “building”, I needed to remove our pallet compost bin. What to do with all our great compost? Why move it into the new bed of course. The greatest part is that not even a week later we already had tomato and melon seedlings growing. Of course these little ones have quite a late start but with continual global warming who knows they may have time to produce. Don’t you just adore nature? Going to have fun watching these take off, Also raised beds are much easier to maintain you just pluck…

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    Planning the 2020 Garden

    Months ago my sister redid her retaining wall and only this past week did I finally get around to playing building blocks with them. After some basic math there was enough complete blocks to create 4 corner beds . to frame the garden. This left me all the top pieces to make a center bed. After some trial and error we settled on creating an oval with some accents at all compass points. We’ll be planting a new variety of strawberries in here next year. The inner pedestal still needs some work but I do like how the sundial is the center piece. Added bonus is I need to know…

  • The Orchard

    A Harvest of Henson Cherries

    The Henson Cherry bushes were a bit of the splurge when we planted the first year. The color was what made we grab them, with the caveat that they would also produce cherries! Not that I’ve ever had a Henson cherry or know what they taste like. Well that question is now answered. We had our first harvest of cherries from the bushes… and the verdict is they remind me of concord grapes. When ripe they have a nice tangy sweetness but the texture is very pulpy. Which is 100% how I remember a concord to taste. Looking forward to future harvests where I can turn these into a pie,…

  • Keeper Notes

    Revenge of the Japanese Beetles

    Spent a week down in the Outer Banks… came home to find my Cherry Trees and Grape Vines decimated by the late emerging Japanese Beetles. Captured 300+ of the little scarabs in a quick 15 minute picking, then another 100+ an hour and a half later. Yes, traps exist but from what I’ve read and seen they attract more than they trap. We’re going to move ahead with several routine pickings throughout the day and see if it gets back under control. The only question is what can I do the next time we go out of town… … at least the chickens had a good snack.

  • Keeper Notes

    Keeper’s Log : 07-21-2019

    Haven’t been posting lately will need to back fill with all the pictures from last year and this spring… first we’ll need to wrap up a few tasks that are in progress. Clean-up Brush Pile Migrate Stone Pavers to the Garden (Heavy!!! 80lbs each) Build remaining 3 raised beds in Garden Clean-up and remove old pallet compost bin Expand Grape beds (min 12 inch footer to reduce weeds) Clear Coat Grape Arbor Weed plant beds around walkway Weed plant beds below bay window. Remove weeds from brick patios/paths Trim Trees (raise above head 6 & 1/2 feet minimum) The list goes on and on of course but lets not make…

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    Migrating Plum Trees

    One of the unforeseen issues with planting Trees. Location is key, although the plum tree would be great as shade tree by the road it removes access to our front yard. Something that was sorely needed when replacing the septic. At least it was only planted a year ago and hadn’t fully established itself in the yard. Welcome to your new home, 50 feet East North East of your last one. More travel than most trees do in their lifetime. It will be interesting to see how the displacement impacts its growth as the roots re-establish themselves.