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March is almost halfway gone!

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Well it is…

I have managed to do a tiny amount of work outside today, starting with some clean up from wind blown trash. After that me and Silver went across the road for a bucket of pond water and were pleasantly surprised to see a frog swimming in the neighbor’s pond already. Considering we have at least one more near freezing night coming up it was very nice to see.

We did get the water for our pond so as to add the microbes and the diatoms that appear locally from a healthy pond. I haven’t dug up cat tail roots as yet though. It might not happen till sometime next week. I haven’t even seen shoots coming up yet in that pond.

I then went to start moving the mountain of mud/clay from around the pond. Big problem with this is. Both our wheel barrows are minus a wheel, and on the one we cannot remove the old one so we can’t replace it. The other .. well we can’t seem to find a replacement for it.

So I am moving them by the 5 gallon bucketful. So the second issue is where to put the stuff. Well I do kinda have one place that does need some dirt. That would be where we put the ash from the trash burning, if I cover it with the dirt I can put grass over it and it’ll slowly decompose. As it’s in a dedicated place it won’t interfere with anything else we are doing. I have mentioned this before also.. trash has to be gotten rid of some how.. I’d rather have to deal with my trash that can’t be composted rather than send it off to a miles high landfill. I am tech composting this “stuff” but it takes a bit more to do and I have no plans on using the leavings after the fact.

After I got worn out from the dirt moving I decided to attempt to do some out door plantings. I have planted some short carrots and some kale in the box that I picked up for free. It now has “black gold” in it, the soil is perfect; which is why I planted the carrots in it. At the end of the season this year I will have to find a good home for the dirt in it.

planting box 3-14-2013

Now I also planted in two of the cut out used tires I set up last year. The soil in these while better than just the ground is here still needs a tad bit of work so I went over to the old compost site and dug out what I could of the left overs that were usable. There is a bit of paper and sticks still in it, but it’s going down.








I took that which filled a 5 gallon bucket about ½ way, and what was left of the starting mix and some wet ashes and added that to the soil in the tires. I did notice when I was mixing it in that there are more worms in those tires than I thought there would be. So the tire closest to the door got some of what was left of my Red Fire Lettuce. It is a red leaf lettuce that we do enjoy. I only planted that in there as I am going to attempt to grow the bushel gourds in that tire this year as I have still to get them to grow for me at all. Since the luffas liked the soil so much it may be possible that the bushels will too.

tire by door

The second tire got mini Pak Choy and edible Chrysanthemum. Done half on one side half on the other. I am really hoping they both do well there.






I do have some “bad” news.. I’m not getting my apple trees and it’s my own fault. I didn’t notice on the receipt (especially since according to our transactions in our account it already went through) that payment won’t be billed till they send it. So I had to cancel them, my only issue there is the person on the other end of the line got very pissy once they found out I was canceling the order. Shrugs Go figure, guess they don’t like dealing with people who always have money. If I had noticed that on the receipt the money would have been there.

tire 2

Well need to go for now as I have dishes.. then I have to go bathe this mud off me as the girls have a concert tonight.










Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…


About rivenfae

A homesteading mom with 2 teens,12 cats, 4 dogs, a flock of chickens. small goat flock and a piggie. Also a dream of a sustainable homestead out in the woods of Missouri.

2 responses

  1. I like this! I’m planning on growing in old tires this year too, although I think I’m going with the “tower” model of potatoes. I live in Vermont, so it’s definitely still a bit early, but I can’t wait for the weather to warm up. I just keep reminding myself that it’s only a week until the equinox…
    ~The Homesteading Hippy

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