Raised Bed Gardening

I’vd been studying on raised bed gardens and such. Not so much bending over, better control over weeds and critters, soil adjustments, and so forth. Started last year with an attempt at bucket gardening. I had some success, herbs did the best. Biggest problem was water, just could not water frequently enough during the day…

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Barn Building

So the April Showers arrived – slowed everything down so far as barn building went. The gravel base has been delivered and the framing materials are ready to come off the trailer. Corner posts were set and checked for square and vertical. The rest of the posts were set for the walls. Side girts were…

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Fishing Boat

You’ve heard the old adage, the second happiest day is when I got the boat, and the happiest is when I got rid of it. Well, guess the jury is still out on that one. For a while, I’ve been looking for a basic fishing boat and finally found what I was looking for. Not…

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New Fruit Trees

Planted some new fruit trees this week. 2 Moonglow Pears Big, bold, blushed fruit. This beautiful, Bartlett-type pear is soft and juicy but never mushy. The tree is blight-resistant and will bear fruit for years. A strong pollinator for other pear varieties. Ripens in mid August. O Henry Peach large fruit with red-blushed yellow skin;…

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Clearing for the Barn

The selected area just west of the cabin. Started cutting trees, and brush. Used the Kubota with the front loader to clear most of the ground, a bit like a bull dozer, pushing the smaller trees and brush out of the area. The largest of the trees was this hickory tree, actually two trees from…

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What Is It – Answered

  Juliana answered it is a Fragrant Sumac. She offered a link to it from the USDA. An excerpt is below: Description General: Sumac family (Anacardiaceae). Straggling to upright native shrubs 0.5-2(-2.5) meters tall (rarely tree-like), forming colonial thickets of up to 10 feet spread, suckering from the roots, the branches slender ascending, puberulent, glabrate,…

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What Is It

Seems there is no end of seeing things around the place and having no idea of what it is.  So here is the first “What Is It?” This is a small tree or shrub with an interesting berry.  About 6 to 9 feet tall for the one in the photos below. Photo was taken in…

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