Darn, shucks and other “colorful metaphors” ….

The thin walled pvc pipes hoops just cracked when I tried to install them into the garden bed.  I have a heat gun, so I’ll try heating up the next pipes as I bend them to see if I can get a hoop shape out of the 3/4 inch pvc pipe. The garden bed with the thick walled pvc pipe isn’t a true arc/hoop but the pipes have been very stable and are maintaining the sort of rounded A-frame shape. Any hoo I draped the frost cloth over the first bed to see how it holds up to the rain and breezy conditions.  I added soil and compost/steer manure into two of the beds for a couple of tests.  1.  I wonder if I can feel a difference in warmth between the two garden beds in side by side testing and 2. I wonder if the frost cloth will keep Tucker the peke out of a garden bed full of FRESH DIRT to dig.  Tucker is in his Spring time dirt digging mode and he even started digging in one of the compost piles!

I’m thinking of building the greenhouse in another are of my yard as one of my  cherry trees is putting on some buds.  The other cherry tree is dead and must be cut down for safety reasons so I may put the greenhouse were the dead cherry tree is once the tree is cut down.  The greenhouse will be shaded in the summer but once the leaves fall it will get a lot of southern sunlight in fall, winter and spring.  Another advantage of moving the placement of the green house is I’ll have easy access to power from my shop.  That means I could run a small heater in the green house during the winter.  If I can save the the budding cherry tree I will do my best to get it healthy even if I don’t get fruit from the tree.  Cause cherry blossoms are very pretty and a small well pruned tree in that area of the yard would be good for plants that like fewer hours of hot sun.

It seems as my block is getting some irrigation water a bit early.  I noticed a few people’s places and my own irrigation spigot had flowing water.  I hate going onto other people’s property without permission but I don’t mind asking them if know they have water running/being wasted.  I turned off a couple spigot’s that were left on and no one had running water to overflow their property.  Little observations and just talking to neighbors about stuff helps people to bond without coming off as a scold/ busybody, as you are trying to be helpful. So I hope….

If the temps look good I’ll start sowing cole crops.  I need to get the snow peas in the garden bed and I’ll plant some lettuce, Broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower under the frost cloth so the can put on growth in cool weather.  These plant usually bolt on me when I use transplants in late May or early June.  I’m taking a chance planting with a hard frost potential.  But if I plant these plants in June they will bolt.

I bought some seed potatoes for red and Yukon types of potatoes.  I’m going back to the big bucket container method for growing taters.  Idaho is known for big russet taters but smaller taters like red potatoes and taters for stews and preserving don’t get a lot of love.

I still need an occasional wood fire this spring and that means having good kindling and fire starters.  I’m building a big kindling box for next winter.  How I envision the box does not fit with the actuality of the box.  I’ll have to make a few adjustments and that is okay as I’m still learning.   If I guessed the average use of kindling in winter this box should hold about a 4-6 weeks of kindling for me.  Not perfect as winter heating season lasts at least 4-5 months.  It is a start of getting ahead before I need kindling.



4 Responses to Darn, shucks and other “colorful metaphors” ….

  1. Patti from California says:

    Hi Jamie, are you still using the electric mower?
    I was thinking of getting one as we are not getting any younger and have trouble pulling the gas one.

  2. Jamie says:

    I use a Green works mower and love it. I replaced the cutting blade in 2018 but these little mowers do a great job on cutting grass and seem to handle cutting tall weeds 12-18 inches tall if you take your time.
    Dealing with the electric cord takes a bit of practice but spending $150.00 or less for a good mower and you don’t have to drain fuel or play around with carburetors, spark plugs, points or all that gasoline stuff is a no brainer. Honestly, even battery powered mowers do about as well as gas mowers over a small yard.

    I’d say if your grass area is under 1/4th of an acre and you can walk your property easily, an electric mower would work out great for you!
    Plus if the electricity goes out you can always plug into a gas/propane generator to run your mower. LOL!

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