This new spring/summer has really screwed up my sleep schedule. I have been coming up about 2 hours short on for the last few nights. That has sort of worn me down and I’m not getting all the projects done daily. But I’m going to darken my window blinds tonight and see if the morning sunlight is waking me up early.
I got a start moving some of the older wood to it’s new spot under the carport. Organizing the wood racks for the wood delivery in a couple of weeks is one of the bigger jobs that needs to get done. Some of last year’s wood delivery was stacked on topped of the older dry wood that I need to cut and use up this winter. Having the older seasoned wood ready to use will help make my wood pile easily accessible will give me a better idea about how much wood I need to burn during a “Normal” winter. I need to move the wood racks a little bit so I get good rain coverage with my tarps but the wood can season naturally this summer/fall. I got the final design of my kindling box finished and I just need to finish adding the cedar wall slats and top so the kindling can season and stay dry. I know this is a simple box with an angled lid but it is also my first try at constructing something like this, so a few mistakes is part of my learning process.
Much like the wood racks I’m adjusting the raised bed gardens and the use of the frost cloth. I have heard that some people cover their gardens through the summer but I’m going to open the tops of the frost cloth for natural pollinators to do their job. I just hope the little bumblebees will come in and do the hard work. I have to say this is the first year in five years that I saw the fuzzy little bumble bees in my apple tree blossoms and among the flowers. I hope this means that the bee population is starting to recover. I’m also using my frost cloth as a barrier around my raised bed gardens to keep my Peke Tucker from digging in the beds and so far it seems to be working. Tucker has his little swimming pool of dirt and a couple of places in the yard to dig. So he is happy and has not dug in the raised beds.
I used some 90 degree elbows to make pvc square over the raised garden beds. For my garden I think this set up will work best for most of the summer. The wonderful thing about pvc pipe is you can adjust it, change configurations very cheap and easily. One thing I noticed in myself using the frost cloth is I don’t see the garden beds daily So there is tendency in myself to assume the plants are fine and don’t need weeding. So far my bed is okay but that sort of “out of sight, out of mind” is something I need to avoid.
Went to my local garden store and got some winter squash plants for the 3 sisters garden. They had a Sedum tray on sale that I got a rain check on to start planting in the alley garden. I need to add more plants in the alley way garden to drive out the nasty weeds. I need to adjust my rock and mulch and add a different water plan. I’m not sure trying to drown weeds is a good plan. LOL
Updates: The Homemade pepper spray appears to be a success! I have had no squirrel size hole dug in my berry planters. I’ll add another spray coat to the straw mulch this week but so far I’m very please with the results. The red potatoes are putting on a lot of new growth so this weekend I’ll add more dirt to the buckets. Mom tells me the blue potatoes tend to grow a bit slower so I have not given up on those taters. The Starting plants are ready to put in larger pots. I want to grow every plant but some times you just have to thin out the starts. I am excited as I will have starter plant to give Mom and my neighbors. Once I give away the plants, I don’t have to see the plant carnage ! Last but not least I have saved the “burnt” cast iron pans and I’m building up the non-stick coating. Scrambled eggs are not sticking much to either pan so I think the pans are as good as they can be.