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Olio- 4/24/2017

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things

 

 

The heading shows the story of the past 5 days, thick clouds, rain often torrential, many inches of it in the past few days.  Our creek is over it’s banks at the top of the farm and the one that tumbles into the sink hole has flooded the sink hole plain that can’t filter it down deeper into the earth than more is added.  It has overflowed down the old creek bed.

On Saturday, I drove to Front Royal area to help out.  Eldest was going to take advantage of the no motorized vehicles on the Skyline Drive to ride the 35 miles on his bike, but after a day in the cold rain at the Washington March for Science, he awoke Sunday with heavy congestion in his chest and decided he couldn’t make the ride after all.  I ended up driving back home Sunday afternoon.

The asparagus are sprouting and so far I haven’t gotten tired of them.

Asparagus Cut asparagus

The garlic is thriving.

Garlic

 

But if you look beyond the boxes, the weeds are thriving as well.  That areas is about to be smothered and the pumpkins allowed to sprawl over the area.  In the fall, the ground cover will be planted and again in the spring.

The veggie and herb starts are doing ok on the back deck, but I keep having to go out and drain the water from the trays to keep them from drowning.  The weather is forecast to improve later tomorrow.  The second planting of peas, the seeding of radishes, turnips, and the chard starts seem to have survived the cool, wet days.

The ticks are out in full force already, having gotten my first bite of the season.  I guess I am going to have to pull out the repellent.  I have mowed around the house with the mower twice, very thick and tall grass.  The brush hog needs to be put back on the tractor so that the orchard and septic field can be mowed as well.  Most of the farm will wait until late May or early June to be hayed.

In mid June, I am going to go on a backpacking trip with eldest son and his family.  I have 8 weeks to get in shape and try to strengthen my knees.

The teenage chicks were left cooped up Saturday and Sunday during the worst of the rain, today all of the adult birds and chicks were left to choose whether to go out and mostly stayed in their coops.  The few chicklets that were out in the evening were easy to pick up and put in their coop.

Before and . . . Well Nearly Done

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Part of the garden expansion, uphill from the original part, is where we took out the compost bins a couple of weeks ago.  In two weeks, it has become this overgrown.  The two buckets full of topsoil are from a pile that our contractor left off to the side of the driveway up a bit from the house.  It has been on the to do list for a couple of years and since Jeff, our haying neighbor tries to mow it each year, I decided to move it and use the soil in places it was needed.

The other part of the expansion is to the east, a 6 foot swath that the chickens had been using as part of their run and is fairly barren of vegetation, but we discovered, contains several boulders.  Daughter and I hit the first one digging up the old raspberry bed on Friday and SIL became our boulder miner and got it out for us.  Think solid coffee table and so heavy that I can’t even roll it.

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It is sitting between two blueberry bushes below the raspberry bed, now planted with zucchini, yellow crookneck and scallop squashes, two kinds of cucumbers, and beans, all marked so the kids don’t trample them while out there helping.  That bed still needs spoiled hay mulch around the berries and the squash.

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The six foot eastern expansion has unearthed a few more boulders, just left of center is one of them.  If I could sell rocks and cedar trees, I would be rich in retirement.  This part of the bed will hold the Buttercup squash and we will fight all summer long to keep them in that bed and not allow them to grow over into the rest of the garden.

Today we took the brush hog off of the tractor and I used the bucket to scrape and drag the upper section to try to loosen the overgrowth for easy of removal and to try to level the area out some.  While in there, I dug the trench for the Asparagus bed that I have wanted for several years.

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We picked up weeds, and hand dug the ones I couldn’t get to with the tractor, cleaned up around the transplanted raspberry bushes and gave them a spade full of compost each.  There is a bit more hand weeding, see the lambs quarters between the fence and the Asparagus trench, but we are making progress.  That area is going to be a Three Sisters patch with field corn for the chickens, pole beans and the Seminole Pumpkins.  The fence edge has horse radish transplants that I am hoping will make it and will have the Asparagus and Fennel.  The top edge and raspberries will be heavily mulched with spoiled hay and a retaining wall will be built near the lower edge to keep it level and not eroded into the lower garden.  We are almost there, then we can keep it weeded, and start enjoying the greens and then other produce as it is ready.