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Fruit Tree Update!

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So I thought I’d show how my new fruit trees are doing as I took a picture of each of them when we were out yesterday. Here is the funny part my delicious was the slowest to get started leafing out but look at it now.
Conversely the peach tree the first one to get leaves is going slow to get them full size. Maybe they go slower?

This is doing good to this is the Cortland apple, I think it’ll give my delicious a run for it’s money on speed of growth.
The Mac seems to be doing better, however the buds on the top that had the “rust” on them don’t seems to have produced any real leaves at all.

I hope they keep doing well, and that the peach tree gets a move on with it’s growing. I am pleased so far with these trees from Stark Bros, I do believe I will order from them again in the future. Granted, these guys still have a lot of growing to do.
On another note the grape we’ve had (now in the third year), is doing amazingly this year. It has loads of leaves and is growing like the proverbial weed. I think it’s happy.
So I’m 39 today, ugh another year and I hit 4 decades. Funny how it took me to be in my 30’s to decide living here this way was a good idea. I am happy   Though living here far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Funny how now when we go to town I have troubles dealing with all the people and the funny thing is I grew up in the Chicago area.
Our across the street neighbors are getting their power pole today and seems our power will be off for a short time while they do it. Guess what though our neighbor’s aren’t here to see it, it’s funny as they’ve been waiting two weeks for it to be put in so it’s funny.
Have a good day and be safe.
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It was a Dark and Stormy Night

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..it really was too…

It overfilled my pond a wee bit, the young willow on the right of the picture has wet feet.  However it’s not the only one with wet feet…

That would be my Macintosh tree.  It’s kinda swimming, so as soon as it dries up a little bit (yeah Spring and dry prob not anytime soon) I need to get more dirt around it to keep it from happening again.  I just need it dry enough to move the dirt without it being clumped.

The other side wasn’t so wet thankfully:

Not sure how well you can see it, but the Redhaven peach is in water that isn’t in water now.  It soaked up in a few hours where as the Mac is still in all that water.  See the tires?  I thought I’d try the grow potatoes in tires since I have 7 tires right now.

Also I have  another picture of the cinder block stove.

The back will get raised up like the sides, then we’ll fill up the holes of the  cinder blocks then they’ll be capped and some rebar will be put across to cook over.  Also the center will get a solid block for the burn surface.   I can’t wait for it to get done so we can cook in the mornings on it.

Hope you’re safe with the severe weather moving about.

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Trees… PLANTED!

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So we spent a hard afternoon planting the trees today here they are:

My peach a Redhaven:

Next is the Double Delicious (Stark Bro’s own):

It has the thickest truck of the four trees.  Next is the Cortland I ordered as the final one’s pollinator:

Sorry for it being blurry I couldn’t get the camera still.  Now the final tree the one Silver wanted is a MacIntosh:

The Mac is the only one without any “baby” branches.  Though it has tons of unswollen buds on it so we’ll see where it grows from.   It took us all after noon because we had dug a trench back when we had the track hoe a few years back and that was for the fruit trees.  Our soil is mostly clay here so it took forever to fill in around the trees after planting.

I mixed in the last bit of the composted sawdust some rabbit manure and one of the pot fulls of dirt that I had peppers growing in a year ago.  It made for some nice loose soil of the type we do have around here so they should have a nice start.

We’re going to be covering the pathway between the apples with sawdust tickly to keep “weeds” down and prevent the blackberry bramble from taking over my trees.   I love the black berries but… I don’t want them to take over the trees.

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Special Delivery!

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I got a package today!

My pretty babies have arrived, and of course they’ll have to wait a day to get put in their home due to the dreary weather we’re having right now.

So I have made sure to unwrap their roots from the plastic bag so they can breathe over night.  Thankfully it won’t go down to freezing tonight.  Three apple trees and a peach tree.  The peach came from Stark Bro’s nursery in this state and the apples came from Illinois.

We have some soil prep to do tomorrow morning and some brush clearing to do, we got most of the brush today, but the thick spot will be done tomorrow.  I can’t wait to get them in the ground and watch them as they grow this year.

I got an email yesterday saying they had been shipped with arrival today!  I have been pacing like an impatient parent, all day.  They look very healthy, and are bare root.  So getting them in the ground is very important unfortunately I can’t till tomorrow.

I am planning on getting pics with them in the ground.  I also know my peas will be up in a day or so based on what I saw in my garden.  My chicks got put in with the big birds and seem to be doing well with the others.

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Rain, Rain.. we need it…

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We do, just hopefully not the severe stuff that is moving around.  My new day lilies are coming up and I have seen that the cattails are all sprouting nicely.  I was worried about the cattails, but seems that I did ok on the moving of the plants, a big THANK YOU to Rich and Daina who own the property kitty cornered to us for the cattails.

I got a plant/seed catalog the other day that has pond plants in it and I’m considering some of the irises.  I would not mind a few flowers there in addition to the other plants there.  My lettuce is coming up, and I believe my mini Pak Choi came up as evidanced by the “mowed down” look they have this morning.

I have found a variety of Jalapeno that is almost the size of my hand that we are considering planting this year so we can make our own “poppers”.  I had gotten some a year or two ago and we stuffed them with cheese and a beef/rice mix before breading and deep frying and they came out wonderful. I’d like to try it again.

My grape has flowers on it and the red current while it lost it’s top leaves, the lower buds are growing.  Also the Pecan tree seems to be holding it’s own.  My mother sent me an early (one week early) birthday gift off my Amazon.com wish list, it’s a large Ball brand water bath canner.  To see the wish list here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/L8YKMO2HVVP9/ref=cm_wl_act_vv?_encoding=UTF8&reveal=&visitor-view=1

 

It’s so pretty I can’t wait to get a chance to use it!  However it’ll probably be a few weeks as I need more lids to do more canning.  I am planning to make a “stew mix” to dry can as the year goes on, this will be a simple pour into pot add water and heat meal.  It’ll contain:

Jerky

bouillon

dried berries (probably blue and black though if the currents produce them too)

dried potatoes

dried garlic

dried onion

dried day lily buds

dried peppers

dried potato flakes (home made hopefully)

Now why two kinds of potato?  Simple mashed potato flakes make a good thickener.  So it’ll make it into a nice thick stew.  I’m going to tinker with it as I make them, and I’ll probably not “assemble” them till later in the year when I have everything setup.  So we’ll see how it goes.

 

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Happy Friday!

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Well I’m sitting here waiting for my chicken bones to de-pressure so I figured I’d write something today.  Not as much as yesterday mind you… btw in case you were wondering it came out to about 4 pages on my word prossesor when I converted it over.  Looks back a few words.  I love those spelling mistakes that the “suggestions” have no correction for even when you know you spelled it wrong; but cannot spell it right.

I have watered all of my plants that I put in yesterday and they do seem to be doing rather well except for 1 of the red cabbages.  That poor thing is drooping.  I think I know why too, it got only about 1/2 of the roots available when I had to cut them apart.  So it probably does not have enough roots to make it.

We discovered this morning that the 2 hoses we are using can reach everything but… The pecan tree and the current.  No biggie, we need at least one new hose as one of the 2 like I said has a leaky connector.

I have discovered this morning that we have 1 small frog living near our pond.  I hope there is more but 1 is a start.  My blue berry is looking very promising so far and I hope it produces well this year.  It has buds everywhere, it looks as healthy as the Elderberries do.

Once I get my soup going I get to go out and do some clearing near all of my plantings from yesterday.  Just to ensure no over crowding and plenty of sun for my new plants.  I did notice the Kale seems to have sprouted finally, just when I was ready to give up on them.  I also may have one carrot sprout, we’ll see as it grows.

Time to go work on the soup,

 

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Planting Day!

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Yes today was my planting day.  It opened with showers that we just barely south of us, and a little cool.  So I started off with getting the laundry out, which kept me busy till about 10 am.  Which is when I figured it would be best to get started as I did not want to work the soil before it warmed some.  Yesterday when we picked up another straw bale for the chickens I “mucked out” the coop to use in the soil mixing I was going to do today.

soil mix So This is the “mix” I used for my plantings today.  What it contains is:

Peat Moss

chicken manure (straw included)

wood ash

homemade charcoal

oyster shell

leftover compost from last year

local “soil” which is mostly clay

The manure and the soil needed some breaking up to be usable and mixed in.  The manure still had some straw that wasn’t composted as yet.  The layer closest to the top was this way.

pecan in package This is my new Pecan seedling, it’s a Stuart Pecan.  From what I have looked up it says that it is a Moderate producer.  Which isn’t all that bad for me.  I like Pecans, but I think one tree will suffice for us.  They also  seem to grow to 100ft tall if they do well.

I planted this one in the end of one of the trenches we dug for the apple trees that aren’t coming.  We had to back fill a little bit just so that it would be at ground level.  This little “guy” was a surprise when we went to the farm store the other day.   I had not seen them selling Pecan trees before so when I saw it and noticed the price I felt it was worth the cost to get it.

When we planted this I put some of the nearby branches and brier into the hole before we back filled.  I know that they will eventually decompose down adding more nutrients to the soil there so it’ll help.  When I finally got him out of his wrapper I noticed quite happily that this little one was not root bound at all.  It also told me just how young this seedling is too.

We wound up putting 2 gallons of water around it.  The peat moss really soaked it up.  I also added some of the fresh straw to the ground at ground level around it.  Just to help protect it.  We had to berm up some of the straight soil next to it as we didn’t want the soil or water washing away.

Here it is fully into the ground:

pecan in ground Isn’t it cute?  I know it’s tiny, but my thought on that is; it’ll grow up with our home.  It came with a tiny bamboo stake to tie it too until it gets stronger.  Probably a good idea around here as I have seen trees here that are growing tilted or sideways.  I image it’s due to the wind we get here.

Also this was the first thing I planted, I figured due to the size best get it in the ground first so that it’ll have the most time to acclimate before night.  That tie on it?  It came with the plant.  I also discovered that there was a second one inside the “bedding” it had.

Funny story about the ties these kinds of plants have on them.  Like most this had one of those pieces of metal tieing it shut.  On time many years ago I cut it off… instead of untwisting it.  I learned my lesson there…

The next plant we put into the ground was a Red Current:

red current in package We did get this one from the same store as the Pecan.  Now I am a little concerned that this one won’t due much as last time I bought a “boxed” plant it didn’t do hardly anything.  Those were the grapes I bought from SAMs club before moving here that we planted when we moved here.  Thing is they never grew, and from what a local grape grower told me.  The ones SAMs sold didn’t do anything for her either.  This woman grows them for sale to the public so she knows how to treat grapes.  … but those ones didn’t grow either.  That tells me a great deal.

This lovely little lady has been planted near my up and coming berry patch near my pond.  Actually if you were looking right at the pond from the driveway it would be on the back side of it.  Partially obstructed by a tree stump that we left to use for growing things over.

I am growing my berries near the pond as the blackberries along the road were the biggest near the stream running across our road.  So my thought is why not try to duplicate this by growing the berries near the pond?  Worst thing that happens is that the plants don’t grow huge berries.  Ok, technically the -worst- would be that they don’t grow, so far my blue berry does though.  So that gives me hope that the other berries will too.  I know the wild black berries do.

This one and all the other “non-garden” plantings are getting stakes around them to prevent kids and people from crushing them…

red current in ground Seeing as how most of the plantings I have done that I recall where the plants are… no one else can.  Even when they have helped me plant them.  See the little leaves?  I also noticed when I unwrapped her that there are some “sucker” plants starting.  If it becomes a massive bush I have no issues.  I want to have as many plants as I can as fruits I can dry or can.  Canning as jams and just syruped fruit.

Before anyone asked, no I have not had currents as of yet.  However I have not tried a berry that I didn’t like as of yet.  Besides if they are dried and mixed with other fruits, I doubt that if I don’t like them that I would notice the flavor much.  Especially if I mix them with strawberries.

Speaking of which, they are doing very well I  am hoping to take a few pics for my next posting.

Now here is something interesting to note.. while the Pecan is on one side of where the house will be and the current is by the pond, the next plant is going near the pecan.  However I planted it 3rd.  The reason is, we needed to gather a bit more compost so as we had to go close to where the current was going to be planted we just did it while there.

The next plant?  Why that’s my White Niagara Grape:

white Niagara grape in package I had to take a picture of this one on the table as  with all that growth I didn’t dare put it in the wheel barrow to do so.  Yes, another “boxed” plant.  My thoughts however in this case is that with that much growth (including the starts of 3 bunches) It may do very well.

This one is being planted right next to where my outdoor kitchen is going, it is going to be trained up the side with a goat panel.  We still need to get said goat panel.  This way we’ll have a nice green screen on one wall of the outdoor kitchen.  It’ll also benefit the grape as that spot gets a great deal of sun.

Tomorrow I need to go back and do some trimming around it, as I didn’t have time to as yet.  I’m sure the bramble won’t choke it just yet.  It has a “hook” on the stem that we pointed so that it is growing in the right direction from the start.

Lets just hope if it grows well in the next month I won’t have to do much prying to get it where I want it.  As from what I hear it’s not easy getting a wayward grape to go in the right direction if it gets too big.  These first three plants were all bought at the same store, the grape is what decided me to get any plants.  As I could not pass up how healthy this one was.

So we had the hole for this one dug well before planting as Silver dug it while I was prepping for the current.

whit niagara grape in ground The funny thing is the rest of my plantings were harder in some ways than planting these three plants.  We moved on to the garden next.

What we did first however was to make a barrow full of the soil mix and dumped it on the spot that I had planted the Rhubarb that hasn’t shown signs of life.  We planted some horseradish in this. After which we both figured out we might want to get the hose out and set it up to use.  AS it would be a big pain to water in the garden with jugs and buckets.

We have 2 good hoses and 2 bad ones, or more like 2 “useable” ones and 2 bad ones.  I say “useable” as one of them leaks like a sieve at the connection point.  Other than that it may last the year.

We moved onto my “middle” bed in the garden, and while Silver wrestled with the hoses I loosened the top soil.  I had to use my pickax for it.

cabbage plants The track hoe tore up half the soil in the bed so I had to loosen it all up and respread it.  I also added a little bit of the soil mix to help add more to the soil.  These are my 12 cabbages.  They are on the outside of the bed.

I am planning on putting 2 squash plants in the center when they can be planted.  My thoughts are that the cabbages will help keep the soil cool if we have another bad heat year.  The squash will also help the cabbages in the same manner.

What I did with the plantings is I went one green one red all around the edge of the planting bed.  I then planted onions between each one, and a line of “spring onions  inside the bed from the cabbages.

These were plants that were grown locally by a nearby nursery, the only thing I didn’t like was that they were grown in a carton that all the roots grow together.  So I had to cut the plants out.

cabbages in ground This is what the bed looked like when I finished with it.  I took the picture when I was watering the bed.  I also watered the potatoes when I was out there as they looked a little dry.

When I was setting up the bed I had to remove a bunch of clover, which my ladies were very happy.  I’d say about 3 pounds of clover to them to inhale.  Which is what they did.

I know my soil is getting very good now as when I had to dig it up some I found tons of worms in it.  SO I must be doing something right.

After finishing all of this I went up front and after making lunch I cleared another of the tires and planted my garlic in it.  We have yet to grow it, so I am hoping it does well.

We moved onto the sprouts and broccoli next.

broccli I reused the buckets from last year’s tomatoes with the sprouts and the broccoli as well as the remainder of the ONION and the rosemary.  I capitalized the onions as again I bought way to many so I have onions growing every where right now.

I have 5 of these “supplement” buckets, these are buckets where the farm stores sell a feed supplement to farmers.  They sometimes bring them back to the farm stores and then they in turn resell them for people to use to plant in.

I have noticed if you need to cut up your plants it’s best to let them get a little dry first as I don’t recommend cutting them when they are wet.  It’s like cutting paper when they are a little dry.

Our Rosemary is 2 pots of three plants in each pot so we are hoping they grow big, and together.

I had one more thing to plant.

tulips Tulips!

I like Tulips, I have as yet to plant some before now.  These I bought “spent” for $1 at Walmart before they would be tossed out.  The cashier was happy to see someone buy them.  As you can just plant them in your yard after they stop blooming.

Each pot had 6-8 bulbs in them, also a few of them had baby bulbs growing.  I had 5 pots worth of them.  I planted 2 pots up by our house sign, 2 pots by my rose, and one pot buy the pond.

So I finished at about 2:30pm so I spent hours planting.  My feet hurt as does my back.. but it’s a HAPPY hurt.  I accomplished something today, getting my plants in.  Silver also set out the boards we bought yesterday to plan out our bigger well house and where the floor of the outdoor kitchen will be.  We had to buy pressure treated as they were cheaper than landscape timbers.

Yesterday if you didn’t figure it out Silver got out Wheel barrow fixed.  We had to buy an inner tube that was bigger than the one that was on it.  However it worked and now we have a wheel barrow again.

That’s my fun and busy day, I have to post my pics on pintrest then I will be making dinner!

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