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June 17, 2010 · admin · 12 Comments
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The first GGSs of the year

Here are two Garden Glamour Shots, two hours’ work apart.

Garden Glamour Shot "before" Garden Glamour Shot "after"

Fun Fact: You can’t see the difference much, but there’s two zucchinis and 8 lettuce planted in the cleared spaces.

April 19, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Letting things slide: the ugly

This is fennel, impacted into a cinderblock hole. It’s what happens when you let things slide for two years.

Impacted fennel stalks

Impacted fennel stalks

I could not pull it out of the cinderblock, and I wasn’t about to let it keep growing. So the cinderblock itself had to go.

Cracking out the cinderblock

Cracking out the cinderblock

Here you can see one of the (weirdly flattened) roots which snaked out from the fennel and through the two layers of cinderblocks. This was just one of the roots that anchored the fennel, making it impossible to pull

Taproot out into the main garden bed

Taproot out into the main garden bed

And here it is, cinderblock destroyed and fennel cut down below the crown. The “crown” of a plant is the demarcation between the stuff that grows above ground and the roots. It’s pretty sure that cutting a plant to below the crown keeps it from coming back. Though some do root from roots alone. But not fennel, I hope!

Fennel cut down to below its crown

Fennel cut down to below its crown

I’ll let it sit out and exposed for a few days, then put in a new block, soil, and plant. And it WILL NOT be fennel.

Fun Fact: Fennel comes in two forms. One gives you delicious bulbs, one gives you seeds that self-seed and bugs like aphids, mealybugs and other nasties. KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE PLANTING or you’ll be sorry… like me.

April 16, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Ladybugs!

Here are the new ladybugs for this year. They’re new — look how small, the fennel flowers look ginormous in comparison.

Fun Fact: Ladybugs are fiercest when young; the little crocodile-like larvae are voracious.

April 9, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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Magnificent Monster of a Potting Bench

We spent the last three weeks putting this together. Isn’t it fantastic?

Potting Bench

Potting Bench

There is one great big wash basin (soon to be plumbed), two spaces for plastic drop-in tubs in the middle, and the far-right side is three sides of plywood: all the better to dump soil onto.

The 2×4 across the top will be for hanging handtools and watering wands. As soon as everything else that needs to be done is done, I’ll get around to slamming those nails in.

Okay, it was mostly my husband moving and cutting wood, and me pointing and gesturing, but I’m still taking credit for at least a quarter of this magnificent beast.

Fun Fact: We used an entire pound of galvanized screws on the bench, and I still have all my nails!

April 9, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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More chook pics

Just pics because I can.

Alice and Alert

Alice and Alert

All six of the chooks

All six of the chooks

Under the tree

Under the tree

November 22, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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The new ladies are beginning to lay

, thank goodness.  We’re finally getting enough eggs for ourselves (have been having to supplement) and now we’ll have a leeedle extra.  Such good news!

Here are our six. The two in front are Alice and Alert, from the first batch. The four in back are, from left to right,

1st on left: Welsummer: Brown & gold

2nd: Cuckoo Maran: B&W w/ feathered legs (had all her tailfeathers plucked out at the breeder’s, so she’s called Buttless)

3rd: MilleFleur Leghorn: Million Flowers (I think we’re going to call her Beautiful)

4th, far right: Creole Penedesenca: Grey w/ white legs

All six of the ladies

All six of the ladies

Click to embiggen

Fun Fact: the size of the chicken, her health, how good she eats, AND the season determines the size and amount of eggs layed.

November 22, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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IT’S ALIIIIIVE!

Hey! My camera works! It had been stubborn for a few months. So let’s do ALL the pictures.

November 22, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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GGS

Garden Glamour Shot through the new back door that I spent two weeks altering to have a very sturdy doggie door:

Note the very sturdy new kickplate, support crossmember and doggie door.

Note the very sturdy new kickplate, support crossmember and doggie door.

Every sharp edge of that kickplate is covered and secure.

Every sharp edge of that kickplate is covered and secure.

Fun Fact: the dog hates the doggie door. It’s too tall for our little dwarf. *sigh*

June 18, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Keyhole Herb Bed

Planning out the bed: see the yellow chalk

Planning out the bed: see the yellow chalk

The crew tests for concrete depth

The crew tests for concrete depth

Jackhammering within the cut lines

Jackhammering within the cut lines

The concrete is clear!

The concrete is clear!

Our old lemon tree came down in a storm (and then was helped, but we’re not getting into that). So this new keyhole-shaped bed will be a perennial bed, the large circle in the back for the lemon tree (probably another Eureka) and a modified herb-spiral down the rest of the ‘key’.

Fun Fact: herbs can be perennials. Even in Washington State the temperate-loving Rosemary can live for decades. :)

June 18, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Esthetic decorating with farm implements

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