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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds We’ve been building raised beds for the high tunnel. They’re simple to put together, rather plain looking but efficient. Gardening is a marathon this year, not a sprint. I’m not sprinting from season to season to grow enough food, not this year and maybe not ever again. There are ten beds in the high tunnel, about 320 square feet of growing space, and only two of us to feed. I think once we’re done building raised beds,…

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Covering the High Tunnel

Covering the High Tunnel

Covering the High Tunnel Covering the high tunnel is a four-person job that we accomplish with only the two of us. It’s a lot of work, and the work starts with duct tape. The uneven spots where steel pieces come together had to be taped to keep it from rubbing holes in the polyethylene cover over time. Doing this contributed to getting eight or nine years out of the four-year poly the first time we covered the high tunnel. Rolled…

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Expensive Fresh Vegetables – Covering the High Tunnel

Expensive Fresh Vegetables – Covering the High Tunnel

Expensive Fresh Vegetables Wow. It’s easy to lose track of the expense associated with buying fresh vegetables in the winter. We’ve had hoop houses and high tunnels for over a decade. This is our first winter in eight years without a tunnel. It’s uncovered to let the snow and rain wash the soil. Expensive fresh vegetables made up the majority of our monthly grocery shopping trip last weekend, and shoved me into accepting the cost of poly. I’ve been feeling…

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When Strangers Trespass – Life in the Rural Woods

When Strangers Trespass – Life in the Rural Woods

When Strangers Trespass I’m a little freaked out. I usually know what’s going on here. Intuition, observation and game cameras keep me on top of what’s happening. It’s nothing to grab a gun and meet trespassers at the end of the road in our wood yard. There have been four uncomfortable situations when strangers trespass in the 18 years we’ve lived out here in the woods. Once, someone took firewood. He didn’t know the land had been sold and that…

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It’s a Blizzard Out There – Blizzard 2017

It’s a Blizzard Out There – Blizzard 2017

It’s a Blizzard Out There It’s a blizzard out there. I’m sure the weather service will call it officially. Conditions must be winds of 35 mph for three hours and visibility reduced to a quarter-mile or less due to falling or blowing snow. We’ve got that. I turned into a human plow to get through the drift on the back porch on my way to the hen house this morning. It’s worse since then. Steve is off work due to…

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Keep Poultry Water Thawed Longer

Keep Poultry Water Thawed Longer

Keep Poultry Water Thawed Longer Disclaimer: I learned how to keep poultry water thawed longer from Staci at A Chick and Her Garden. Check out her blog. I found her when she shared this method in a Fb group and then couldn’t find her again weeks later. Thanks to Staci for emailing me this morning. I have to tell you how gracious she is – she’s humbled that so many people appreciate her method. I’ve added her blog to my…

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Power’s Out. Freezing rain, ice, quiet.

Power’s Out. Freezing rain, ice, quiet.

Power’s Out I hoped the lights would stay on. If the trees didn’t drop icy branches on the power lines I’d be all set. There’s plenty to do today. We cleaned up pork trimmings last night so they’re ready to grind and season today. I gathered the grinder and its pieces, the meat and bowls, washed my hands annnnd…power’s out. Alright then, there’s bread to bake. I scraped all of the sourdough starter minus a few tablespoons and sprinkled on…

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Thinking Ahead: 2017

Thinking Ahead: 2017

Thinking Ahead: 2017 Thinking ahead is one of my favorite things. It’s a lot like day dreaming. There are a few things I’m planning to do in 2017. Not resolution type things (I have a couple of those but that’s not what this is about) but more of a to-do list crossed with things I want. Thinking ahead is fun when plans are for things that make a life in the wild nicer. Mason Bees Thinking ahead is something I’ve…

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Dear Winter – You Arrived Early

Dear Winter – You Arrived Early

Dear Winter Dear Winter, I don’t mean to be rude but in the woodsyou were early and consequently, I wasn’t fully ready for you. Of course I knew you were on your way but I was hoping you’d be right on time. Oh, I’m ready in some ways. The firewood is in, shelves full of food, and freezers filled to over flowing. We’ve worked hard to fill the larder. Still, you were early. Early cold, snow and ice I wasn’t…

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