I don’t know if I will ever really be able to go back to in ground gardening after using raised beds and vertical beds. These first two beds were the first two I put in. After the first year I noticed I made them too wide. Ive since built them a little narrower. The first bed is asparagus so there isn’t really any issues with its width.
The second bed was tough to weed due to the size. I dug it out and removed 15″. I think it will work so much better. The dirt settled enough that I didn’t have to haul any off I just used it to refill the bed. These rail road ties are over 12′ long and can be hard to move by yourself. I took enough out that all I had to do was role the tie 180*. Below is the tool I used. Dad bought it to rotate end post while doing fencing. I don’t recall us ever using it. It works well to role logs when cutting firewood and worked awesome moving the tie.
Good hand tools are hard to find, especially in big box stores. I treated my hoe badly this year. It managed to get left outside all winder when it fell behind a raised bed. The head is still in good shape but the handle is warped. I tried to straighten it but I didn’t have any luck. Pictures to follow another day about hanging another handle.
Clean up Time. I have so much stuff in my shop its ridiculous. I can never find anything. One of these green cabinets belonged to my father and the other came from my grandfathers farm. They started to rust and the paint was faded. I took everything out and painted them. I’ve started putting things back in and labeling everything. I am about half way though the process and am already happy with it. There is a good chance I will be able to actually use the work bench by the end of the week. It warmed up so I started picking up out side. Ill have all the random stuff that’s accumulated over the winter up next weekend. I need to seed some grass as well in a couple of the old garden plots.
Oh the goodness started today. We started the first batch of seeds. Its been horrible wet and windy the last month or so and its made doing anything outside very difficult. I have yet to get the low tunnel up. Its supposed to be in the 70s this week so I am hoping it will be a little less windy and I can get it installed.
Pinewood Derby – Do I need to say anymore? I did this when I was in Cub Scouts and we do it now that he’s in scouts. I think this is the 3rd year we’ve done it. The more he grows the more he helps. We planned on a design, got it cut out, and added the first coat of primer. He did everything but the band saw and the chisel.
Things my father made. I have several of my fathers tools. Most of it is pretty self explanatory but some things are a mystery. Lets take for example this red can. It started life as a coffee can but what could it be now? No clue, but I will tell you what I use it for … a oil rag. I like to wipe down my tools before I put them away. This seems like a perfect place to store it out of the way and lets me not have to oil all my rags. Some of my animal people may recognize the pliers on the blue can. That’s my J clip can. It holds the clips and the pliers all in one. I use them to make chicken and rabbit cages.
Such stormy weather. Rain and wind everywhere. I have been spending more time in the shop recently and I am burning a lot more fire wood than last year. I don’t mind but the shop isn’t staying as warm as it could. Its highly drafty and has tons of heat loss. I want to put a ceiling in this summer. If I buy a few sheets of plywood every time I go to Lowes I could have it done in a month or two. It would make the shop cozy and a little more enjoyable. Doing mechanical work is ok when its a little chilly. More specific detailed things are a little harder when its cold.
Facebook. The more and more I see the notifications the more I don’t want to use it. Ive got the blog setup to post on my page. I don’t think I am going to update it anymore and will turn off all notifications. Its a nice way to quickly keep in touch but sometimes I want to type more. Maybe the blog has better content, maybe im tired of dealing with it, maybe its so simple its complicated.
There is already so much to do. The gardens are a mess from fall. Looking back I feel like I should have done a little more back in the fall to keep ahead of the game. The mulch has settled over the winter and ill need to get more. Ill start buying a few bags at a time assuming I can remember. I usually think about it when I am back here on the farm.
The shop extension is in rough shape. Now, it was built using pallets and semi truck siding but hey, it was free. It desperately needs some roof work and a little wall work. It started out as a coop but when I got a respiratory infection with the birds I cleaned everything out and started using it as a machinery barn. I will fix it up when the winds die down.
Ive got the green house kennel project which was never finished. I think ill take it down as the weeding will be here in a few months. Id like to somewhat have the yard picked up before people come over. I know its just family but still. Ive got the brush issue in the side yard that needs burned and reseeded but once again the wind is just to high at the moment.
Carrots – Ive had this long time dream of growing carrots. I have never had much luck but I think this is the year. The cinder block raised bed was actually the compost pile. I will be adding some dirt and some sand or peat to see if I can get some softer soil. I have been very happy with the raised beds except I made a couple of the beds to wide. They are kind of hard to reach the center. I am so excited, I can wait to start growing. I think ill start some seedlings inside this week.
Starting Seeds, Salve For My Soul – http://wp.me/p3SxMe-Mz
I think I will try this. It’s something new and some of my seeds are getting old.
On a side note today was busy. I didn’t some work in the raised bed garden. I hope to get my low tunnel up soon. I’ve also got another bed I plan on using for carrots. I think I may add a little sand to make the dirt softer. I’ve never had much luck growing them but think this year is the one. The one where carrots will be plentiful.
We also ended the night on a good fun note. A scouting trip to Perfect North for some snow tubing.
Well maybe. I like my blades. Straight razors, knives, axes, hatchets, and everything. I prefer the old metal. I think the steel is better and holds a better edge. Ive looked at several double bit axles but never found one I liked, I ended up ordering this one off eBay. It came in yesterday. I always have spare handles around and have had good luck out of the ones from tractor supply. The head is a little over 3 pounds and it fit the handle nicely. I will have to do some work on the edge as it looks like something dug it into a gravel driveway.
The kitchen … I removed the upper cabinets several months ago. They were in rough shape due to the amount of weight I kept in them with canned goods. Brittany and I have been getting everything together. Here are a couple pictures.
1. No animals … I managed to get some respitory issue with my chickens and ended up culling them all. I went ahead and got rid of everything else as well. I sold all the coops and got rid of just about everything. I hope to be getting chickens soon. I miss the fresh eggs and meat.
2. No junk. I sold all my garden tractor stuff. It opened so much room in the shop and I’ve been glad to be able to do things in there. It’s nice being able to build a table if I want or bring able to actually use the workbench.
3. All raised beds. I used all raised beds last year in the garden. It worked awesome but I didn’t grow enough. The low tunnel worked well and I’ll be doing it again.
4. Engaged. Supper excited about this. I’m due to get married in May and can’t wait.