• The Berry Patch

    Goji Flowers

    I knew goji berries were a vibrant red but little did I know their flowers were a brilliant purple. Perhaps they were glad that I got the trellis stained and tied in place for them. Although I’ll probably take it down for this winter and cover the goji bush. In the end decided to go with a semi-transparent coat, gave it a nice gold sheen but without the brown tint that we have been using on the chicken coop and planting boxes.

  • The Berry Patch,  The Orchard

    Spring Planting 2018 : Part One

    With the Stark Bro’s order arriving today its déjà vu time starting the day off with staining and assembling of the remaining Raspberry Trellises. The kids sure are a lot of help and take turns between painting and riding their bikes and scooters. They’ve been cooped up too long. Low and behold right after lunch the Pears, Plums and Black Raspberries arrived and the kids are biting at the bit to play in the dirt. We decided to start with the Black Raspberries, which in hindsight might have waited to last as there was a lot of beds to get dug out and leveled. Kids were entertained digging for worms while…

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    Beds and Trellises Round 2

    With the first rounds of Trellises and Beds looking good in the yard now for Round 2! With the late snow new spring plantings are delayed. One of the great things about ordering with Stark Bros is they don’t ship until the weather is good for planting, looking at chain stores and even nurseries their stock has already bloomed and the continued cold spell is not treating the plants well. Sunday and Monday was full of chopping 24 2x4s to make 3 more trellises and 10 beds. It’ll let us get all the new plants and the cherry trees boxed but still leave the Apple Trees. I guess there will…

  • The Berry Patch

    Delivery, Hackley Legacy Pink

    The In-Laws stopped by yesterday with a bucket of Raspberry out shoots. The best part of Raspberries are they are resilient and multiple like crazy. Brian dropped off a whole 5 gallon drum of 1 year plants. Even with the sleet last night the ground was more than soft enough to work. The Raspberry patch is on the hill so the largest task (after construction) is simply getting them level (or near to). After working pealing off the top layer of grass and mixing in some fresh garden soil (our native soil is pretty much clay under 2 inches) we’re ready for planting. After filling the bed I’m debating moving…

  • The Berry Patch,  Woodworking

    Cleaning up the Blueberry Patch

    April Weekends are for yard work and today we installed the new Blueberry Beds. When we planted the bushes last year we put them a little to far down and so this means burying the beds partially into ground which will also help keep them from moving. Pick-Axes sure do come in handy working around the yard they are perfect for taking the top layer off of an area. A quick dig and some mulch and the patch is complete. Rounded off the day getting the Raspberry Trellises assembled and rough placed around the yard. Doing a quick count of things left to make and it looks like 30% of…

  • Woodworking

    Raspberry Beds/Trellis

    With the Blueberry Beds complete time to get the Raspberry Trellises together. The best part of straight joins is the ability to pre drill the screws. With the Trellis post centered on the edges decided to make the ends joined on the outside. It makes the overall footprint skinnier but better supports the post. Also decided to add some corner joints to make sure it doesn’t torque. After getting the bed assembled.. more staining, and more still to come to get full coverage.

  • The Berry Patch,  Woodworking

    Building Continues on the Blueberry Beds and Raspberry Trellises

    The great thing about working remotely is that in addition to being able to work from home, there isn’t any “set” hours to the day beyond those I define. Which makes it perfect for tackling all the Spring Yard work. Today we’re continuing the blueberry beds and raspberry trellises. After all the prep work yesterday I found myself in production mode: assemble, assemble, assemble. Its good to be outside and working with my hands. A little more staining and getting the bases for the raspberry beds together and we’ll be ready for the new arrivals… maybe, we still need to get the beds created for the cherry and apple trees.

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    Weekend Projects : Prepping the Blueberry Beds

    With new trees and bushes on the way I better make sure the existing ones are well cared for. This Sunday’s project Miss Caprice joined me in prepping for the berry beds and Trellis. Showing her the “V” technique for marking lengths so you know where to make your cut. Cutting all the pieces to size, tHen getting the top and joints stained before starting assembly of the blueberry beds. We decided to go with hexagons, was thinking about octagons but I think the hexagons will draw the eye better. We’ll see when they are all installed. Hopefully will be able to keep working on everything over the next few…