Potatoes planted, yard cleaned.

So yesterday didn’t end up being as nice out as I originally thought it would be. I spent the morning running around in town getting groceries and sheep manure and peat moss. I ended up filling the back of the ranger completely! 

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Came home and looked at my big project – behind the sheds.

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Piled with rotting wood, garbage, old pots, bags and did I mention actual garbage?

So for a while now I’ve been thinking about getting in there and getting rid of all of the junk behind the sheds. It’s not really that noticeable unless you look but I know it’s there and I was always worried the dogs would venture back there and step on something sharp and get hurt.

I spent almost eight hours dragging out old lumber (barely any will be usable, most of it is way too rotten), I found old blankets, hairspray bottles, household trash, broken glass, a golf club, a smashed glass aquarium, old tubes, hoses and pipes, supermarket plastic bags, a broken smoke detector, metal pipes… oh yeah.
Five garbage bags full, got the burn barrel chugging away again and stood all the lumber up to dry so we can assess if any can be salvaged to used for our raised garden beds. 

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Wood I thought may be salvageable – the rest went into the burn barrel/wheel barrow to be burned.
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Truck loaded
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more wood
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complete!
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More wood…
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Cleaned and raked! So much space!!!!

Then after that big project I sat for a bit with some water and then unloaded the truck and poured the manure and peat moss (some of it I saved) on the garden and Evan offered to till it in. 

Mike came home with two green barrels which we are experimenting by using them as potato planters. Many people have said use a barrel, drill holes in the side and bottom, line with straw and add dirt, then add potato seeds (we only had a bag I got from the hardware store but then we found a box of our own potatoes we had forgotten about that had already started to seed – jackpot! I planted, watered, added more dirt, manure and peat and voila! Now when the green stalks are about a foot high we are to bury it 2/3s and so on and so forth. We are TOLD. that the stalk will turn into more potatoes. We are optimistic. They look better than I thought they would and I’m excited to try something new. 

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our perfect potato planters!
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planting started!
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Composter!

Mike then loaded up the truck with the garbage and I began the weeding of around the pond. 

Thursday our wood will be coming… uh oh. 8 cord to be cut, split and stacked. Yes it really is spring.

 

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Nice place to relax and enjoy our efforts at the end of a day.
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Tilled and ready to be rowed
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Next big project
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After being wed.
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Untouched, over grown
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Our Cucumber patch
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Never Far away
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Baxter is also impressed.

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