Saturday, May 30, 2009

end of May update ...

shed is built - needs to be painted

transplants are all in ..

tomatos are ok, leeks and onions from seeds are weak
onions from sets look good, garlis is amazing
peppers seem small but very green
ground cherries are holding their own
potatoes have started popping leaves up
beets are TINY
no sign of corn, cosmos, marigolds, watermelon or cukes yet
mint is hardy and spreading too fast ...

peas are soaking to go in tomorrow - late but organizing it all is tough work - fingers crossed they take

raised herb bed ( in old wading pool) got planted today - still need parsley but Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Basil (Basil is actually in with tomatos) are putting out roots

dogs are tired and life is good

planning chicken coop ... and trying to weed more ... cutting grass... never ends never ever ends

Friday, May 29, 2009

Two new souls have joined team VareHarri.(both are absolutely SOUND asleep in this hilarious photo)
Arley (means brave) is only about 8 months old and he is HUGE. He has a mild neurological impairment that makes him a little wobbly but he doesn't know there is anything slowing him down.
The tiny black and white girl remains nameless at the moment ..she has a heart murmur and is deemed unadoptable but oh my gosh you'd never know there was anything holding her back - she climbed onto the parrot cage last night - BRAT!

Friday, May 15, 2009

a long weekend approaches

and I've been remiss posting - blew the monitor on saturday morning when a storm tore through here - lucky not to get more damage I guess

we finished putting up the shed (just door hardware, shingling and painting left)

I planted potatoes, beets, carrots

cut the grass

we walked the dogs, put stones in the driveway and generally pretended it was nice out (it was freezing and rainy but we didn't let it stop it)

it's supposed to be a bit grim this weekend too - but we'll have fun anyhow - I hope I can get the transplants in - they need more room then the peat and they have been hardening off ok (I think) I have an agility trial on Sunday - YEAH! Big T 's parents are coming down - usually thats fun but there is family politics lurking around his large family so I hope all is smooth!

Monday, May 11, 2009

spring forward

wow - the amount of work is phenomenal in spring when you have 107 acres! the seedlings are getting leggy enough it had better warm up ..SOON .. they are hardening off but I have my doubts about the great planting - but I'd better get them in this weekend I think. The ground cherries crashed over the weekend a bit and so did a few peppers.. the tomatoes still look pretty good and the onions seem stronger than the leeks - we'll see what happens when they hit real soil ... preparing beds is hard work - especially as the house garden was so neglected last year - turn, weed, turn in compost, de-rock and turn again.. then rest an aching back (garden has onions, beets, carrots, garlic and potatoes planted already - lots more to go in)
here is the back wall up
building sheds is hard work but, it's done, apart from a little trim work and painting .. the Buck is in the shed safe and sound
I need to repaint the muskoka chairs, rehang the mailbox and much much more - and that isn't even considering the flower beds !