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Found reference to an English translation on this page (above), plus an excerpt of the poem!

Then come the showers of Spring, from time to time
Watering our tiny crop, and in its turn
The gentle moon caresses the delicate leaves.
Should a dry spell rob the plants of the moisture they need,
My gardening zeal and the fear that the slender shoots
May die of thirst make me scurry to bring fresh water
In brimming buckets. With my own hands I pour it
Drop by drop, taking care not to shift the seeds
By too sudden or lavish a soaking. Sure enough,
In a little while the garden is carpeted over
With tiny young shoots. True, that part there
Below the high roof is dry and rough from the lack
Of rain and the heaven’s benison; true, this
Part here is always in shade, for the high wall’s
Solid rampart forbids the sun to enter.
Yet of all that was lately entrusted to it, the garden
Has held nothing enclosed in its sluggish soil
Without hope of growth. What is more, those plants that were moved,
More dead than alive, to the newly dug furrows are now
Green again; our garden has brought them back
To life, making them good with abundant growth.

—From Hortulus by Walahfrid Strabo. 9th century. Translated from the Latin by Raef Payne. The Hunt Botanical Library, 1966.
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This past Saturday was Ashfield Farmers Market's opening day for the season.

Brought the tent for the niece and nephew, B and C, as they've taken over selling there. They'll use our tent until they can get a replacement for the farm. Chatted with a new vendor, ran across the street to the First Congo's fundraiser plant sale and bought a golden sage and some lemon balm, then back to the farmers market. Mostly just chatted with various folks, but did buy Swiss Chard seedlings and then sold some to the vendor I get bacon from (sodium nitrite-free and smoked with our family's maple syrup), and traded a few with a friend who'd bought curly kale. I still have a good bit of the chard, as the 6-pack came with multiples per pot.

Also picked up a Juliet paste tomato and a Valencia tomato, and may pick up a couple more next week, as B, C, and I will be doing some canning together this year. Oh, and some red leaf lettuce.

Now we really need to finish clearing enough space by the milk house so I can build a raised bed :D


May. 19th, 2014 08:55 am
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Friday we had appt. with Phil, our personal trainer, which went pretty well, despite my continued frustration with not quite getting what should be something pretty simple. But most of it I can see improvement in, and eventually I'll "get it" on the other bits. Phil would probably say it's actually pretty complex...and it's part of retraining for the hips and knees, so really, I should be more patient with myself. Still. A reminder of how far I still have to go, I guess.

Bought interfacing for the obi while we were down in the valley, so maybe that obi will actually get done this week. And, after struggling with possible designs and techniques for a layer over the base skirt for the winter queen costume, I finally decided to buy some light blue organza for it (polyester, which is one of the reasons I was looking at other options). One option I was looking at was making a beaded netting, but that would be a new skill set and for what I want to do I'd have to go from beginner to advanced in one summer, which I really don't see happening.

I've pretty much figured out waist measurements for that costume as well, which is more complicated than one might think. The corset I'll be wearing with it has a minimum of 30 inches. Currently I'm at 36" and am only comfortable bringing it down to 33" (I like to breathe), but I'd like to bring it down a touch more. I've been slacking on diet because yard work and moving stuff at the family farm wipe me out, but I'm going to work on improving on that, because too much bad food just makes things worse and I don't have time for feeling like crap. So my minimum goal, which I should be able to achieve by end of August is to lose one inch. In order to do that I'll be continuing to do yard work, so I'll be getting in better shape and be stronger, which is one of my life goals, so it's worth it. Because my goal isn't showing how thin I can be, but how healthy I can be; it's just that structurally for me that means I need to take more stress off the structure. *sigh*

Anyway, that still means working with a waistline that could be between 30 - 32 inches, because if I finally figure out the magic combination of exercise and diet changes (eliminating outside endocrine disruptor inputs as much as possible is key), I might lose more than my minimum goal. But I want to do a somewhat fitted waist for this outfit, not using elastic. So I'll be putting in laces instead of zippers or hooks and eyes. The laces for the base layer will be on both sides and will tuck inside the skirt. Single lacing or tie for the next layer, in the front. The topmost is a wide girdle with panels going down the front and back (sort of like some Ancient Chinese outfits had), and will lace on the sides. Those will be laced with ribbons that will complement the outfit and become part of the decorations.

The beading research wasn't a total loss though -- going to try to make some snowflakes to put on the girdle and panels.

Minivan continues to have issues because of the malfunctioning body control module. L is working on that.

We moved two more loads of stuff to the trailer in the minivan, as the pickup's bed was full of roofing slate. Also one trip to our house, because we're moving some of the more breakable stuff direct to here. So we now have a large mirror in the downstairs hallway waiting to be hung, a bunch of old house windows stacked in the carriage house, a serving dish in the house waiting to be cleaned and put away, and a rather large urn on the patio. Not sure if I'm keeping that last item, but I do love the deep blue glaze on it, so we'll see.

Moar yard work -- digging, removing rocks, setting the newly re-extended drain pipe lower into the ground, putting hay mulch out along the lower meadow and in the area by the river that we're reconstructing, weeding, and mowing. Oh, and a little work building a rock wall. And I did some cleaning in the barn.

The new rhubarb seems to be taking. The flower stalk is ridiculously huge. I may have to take a picture.

L noted what looked to be fiddleheads in the neighbor's yard and I agree with him on it. The neighbor said to feel free to take some, so looks like the new fiddlehead bed will be bigger to start than we thought.

We took a break yesterday evening and went to see Godzilla. It was pretty good!

Everything aches, but it's sunny out, so guess what? More work outdoors!
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Not a lot on the sewing front this week. Finally got the front and back parts of the obi cut, but realized the linen was too floppy. Today we stopped at JoAnn's while in the valley and got some stiff interfacing. And for the snow queen, some light blue organza. Oh, and yesterday I made a rosette-type flower -- black velveteen, gold and black button, on a support disk of old toweling (couldn't find my felt scraps). Will try to take a picture at some point, but I have some other ideas to work on first...

An Ashfield friend inquired about possibly harvesting some stinging nettles, and came over Thursday to do that. She brought a lovely rhubarb plant with her, which is now making itself at home near the brook.

More rocks were dug out, and more work on the land near the brook was done, including L doing a repair to a pipe that drains water from somewhere higher up on the land into the brook.
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Not quite sure how, given that not a single shovelful in the area I'm working in is without a rock or five to run into, but still moving. My new rock pile is getting larger... Not done yet, of course. And, probably won't get further with it today.

Saturday was beautiful and we got quite a bit done. Sunday started out rainy but by afternoon it had dried out enough we went out to get more done -- me by the milk house and L in the pasture area, west of the barn and carriage house. Got some work done, and then a couple showed up next door and were looking at the bags of mulch -- some of which were ours, so I went over to say hello. We got that sorted out, as well as learned a few more things about the area as they used to live nearby. They're helping our neighbor D to remove some things from the property, as she has been trying to clean up to put it up for sale.

She tried to save the house when it would have been better to put it up for sale at least a year ago. Not hard to understand though, as she'd lived there for 40 years, but her husband passed a few years ago after an illness, and she is in poor health (bad back, among other things), so it's just too much house for her at this point. One of the areas she was just getting to recently was the greenhouses in the back yard, which is full of garden and silk flower-type stuff. Much of it is now trash, although there are still some treasures and useful things. We took over moving stuff out -- it won't all get cleaned out immediately, but we moved the bags of trash she'd filled so far over to our place, plus a bit more yesterday.

The house is officially on the market now, and she has someone coming to see the place in the late afternoon today, so we're trying to make sure it's as presentable as we all can manage. Looks like we'll be buying the greenhouses. We're also paying for the trash, so to speak, because we offered to take it to the transfer point for her and non-recycleables have to be paid for, but she really doesn't have a lot of money, unfortunately. We're getting a very good price on the greenhouses -- we'd pay her more if we could, but she's happy with the price she's asking for them, and we don't want to get over our heads. We're also going to end up with more garden stuff than we need, but I'm sure I can find homes for whatever we don't want to keep. Oh, and she also threw in a pressure waterer that's in one of the greenhouses, yikes.

Anyway, I'll be over there in a bit to do some yard work and move some more stuff out of the green houses, so there's my exercise for the day.

And today, I really _must_ soak in the tub!


Oh, and somewhere in there yesterday, I sewed the front and back seams for the body of the black kimono -- three times for the back seam as I kept putting things together incorrectly. Some days I can do amazing things, and sometimes basic stuff defeats me :P
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Lyle got the rest of the walls up today, just minutes before snowfall!

We still have more to do with securing the wall sections to each other to tighten up how they stand next to each other, block in the bottom of the walls against the wind, and stuff the area between the straight edge of the new walls and the clapboard of the porch. But the hardest and most important part is done. All of the finish work can be done without worrying so much about the weather.

Last week I found three of the containers I'd painted flat black ages ago -- back in our Holyoke days. I'm going to need more than three, but it's a start. We have some other old containers that I can paint, no big deal. Also going to hang black fabric or plastic on the south-facing porch wall, at least a couple pieces, to help with warming during the day.

Once all the plants are out there, I can work on doing a little harvesting and re-potting. Progress!
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Basement Progress

Days 3-4: No work over the weekend.

Day 5: Shortening the legs on the oil tank then putting it up on blocks (so when the tank gets replaced someday, the legs aren't stuck in the foundation cement), building forms for the pourings, and unblocking one of the windows so they can get the cement into the basement.


I'd stopped trimming the tree next to the south side of the house because of a robin nest. Today a fledgling was sitting on the ground. Hopefully it figures out how to get back up there; probably just needs to rest those brandy new wings a bit first.


Moved the tomatoes into pots after I finally had time to check the companion planting chart and see that brassicas and tomatoes should not be together. Happily leafy greens seem to be compatible with pretty much everything, so kale, swiss chard, romaine, and red leaf lettuce are co-existing in two beds, along with a few onions, basil and marigolds. The chard and the basil are new additions today, the rest was in last week.

Also planted today, Hubbard and Sweet Dumpling winter squashes. They're too close to each other for pure seed harvest, but that's a luxury we don't have this year.

Also put in three clumps of Valerian and a bunch of Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes, where we were clearing by the lilacs a few days ago. The Comfrey is going gangbusters -- my hope is all of these useful but competitive plants will help keep each other in check. I do plan on cutting down a little of the comfrey today or tomorrow and using it for mulch, as they're blooming and I don't want them all to seed this year.

If I can manage it, I'll clear some ground this afternoon and plant a few more things. But that may have to wait, since I have a whole bunch of baby turmeric starts to deal with, that really shouldn't all hang out in shallow trays of coconut coir for the next two weeks. Not happy that a lot of my herbs have to wait until nearly the end of June to go into the ground, but hopefully the most critical stuff will be done by Wednesday morning.

Also have some dried stinging nettles to process, and then put together a package of stuff to mail to my mom's place -- some stuff for her and some for me. No, I am Not going to bring a back of dried leaf greens onto a plane...
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Gardening is poking along, but we did some more clearing this morning, between/in-front-of the two lilac bushes that are to the left of the south end of the barn. We're not trying to clear everything out, but I'm hoping to get most/all of the garlic mustard and stinging nettles out of that spot. Valerian and Jerusalem Artichokes will be going in. The chokes are sprouting in the pots I have them sitting in (with almost no soil!), so they need to go in this weekend. I wanted to put them in today, but I'm thinking I want the soil in the area to rest overnight, and see if anything we missed recovers and pops into view.

This past Wednesday was Day 0 of the basement getting re-done. We got the call from BIL R to clear everything out of the basement, which we did with help from [livejournal.com profile] loosecanon.

Day 1 - Thursday morning they showed up and removed the floor vapor barrier (heavy plastic), started figuring out how the concrete pours would work, removed the stairs that go up to the first floor, did elevation sitings between the river and the house and decided that a drain would be expensive, so we'll still have a sump. Screw-jacks have been moved to other temporary support spots, old footings dug out.

Day 2 - More work on leveling the floor by R's guys. Plumber is removing older pump. Newer one will be temporarily raised up for the pour, then put back in place.

Probably nothing over the weekend, but I don't know yet. Concrete pours will be sometime next week. One of the windows will need to be opened, to make it simpler to pour. R wants to get the concrete by gravity if at all possible, as pumping costs $700 per use and he's trying to save us money. First pouring will be supports and part of the floor, second pouring will finish the floor. Because of some interesting...features...of the basement, the floor will have two levels. Also, there's a big rock in one corner that they're working on coming up with a best solution for -- it'll be staying as far as I know, because it's in a corner and probably goes under one of the walls of the foundation.
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Planted second gooseberry yesterday and pulled up some of the garlic mustard. I know I'm not getting all the roots, but I'll settle for minimizing their seed-making capability for this year. L mowed a lot -- grass is pretty tall so this first time through's going to take a bit, since he's fitting it in the spaces between all the other stuff.

He did get the hole dug by end of day yesterday, so this morning I planted the second elderberry. I'd like to do more planting but first have to clear more ground. Meantime, several of the trees are getting ready to bloom and they're all overgrown, so...this morning I mostly working on pruning so as to minimize having to deal with all the bees, hornets, etc. who'll be interested in those flowers...

Plants I've more or less identified so far: dandelion, stinging nettles, yellow dock, maybe some curly dock, garlic mustard, primroses, strawberries, phlox, poppies, iris (more than one type), daffodils (more than one type), hyacinth, croci, peonies, greater Celandine, blueberries, magnolia (daisy type), sumac, creeping Charlie, pink Lily of the Valley, white Bleeding Heart, a few big yellow tulips, lilacs, thistle, 2 kinds of hosta, a dogwood.

Another plant ID I'm working on, I think is Comfrey. I don't mind it, it's useful and pretty, but there's too much of it. Too much of some of the other stuff too. And the dogwood may have to be cut down because it's too close to the barn, but for now I've just trimmed back the branches that were touching the building.

Lots of work to be done! One of my goals is to spend at least 1/2 an hour per day working with the plants outside, barring inclement weather. Generally when I'm out there I spend 1-2 hours at a time, but sometimes all I have time for is one short job, so at least something gets done. Spent 2 hours outside this morning, and will be going back to work on at least one more thing this afternoon. There's a tree on the border between us and our uphill neighbor that's seriously overgrown, plus the ground under it is covered with garlic mustard. I'll be taking a saw out to take out one of the larger branches that's growing laterally over her property, and then see what needs to be done next.

Plant identification efforts will continue. Some things are native, and some I can tell were brought here but I don't know what they are yet.


Oct. 18th, 2012 04:13 pm
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Ran into the folks from Tregellys Farm last week -- hadn't realized he'd retired from weaving a few year back (knee injury while out on a photoshoot). They have someone who wants to use the space for their work, so they're selling all the yarns still left, bookshelves, display cases, and one loom. The loom is worth $36K and he's selling it for only $5K, but it's too much loom for me, at 12' wide. Also, I'm not much into something that requires power, which of course it requires some for the shuttles (old tech solution would be a couple of people, one at either side of the loom). Anyway, we went up Sunday and picked up a bunch of the yarn, as well as a few books, and chatted a bit.

Weather is good today and at least warm for the next several. All of this coming Saturday and half of Sunday will be lost to kung fu workshops -- which have their own merit but won't do much for the garden. Going out to pot a couple Ginger up. The cold weather has been harder on them than last year. Going to try to put some into cool dark storage; hopefully it'll work.

Left foot still bothering me. This is 5th week since returning to kung fu classes; not too bad, although I'm not back up to 3 classes per week yet, and may not be for some time. Still working on lots of other things to do with posture, stability, etc. Turmeric is my new friend.


Jun. 15th, 2012 11:21 pm
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Got 2 Lavendars into pots. They're rather large but I potted them in the garden cart so I wouldn't have to lift them into it after the fact...got them over to the lower garden, and then had to water them in the cart because I can't lift them out again. *sigh* The man will have to do that part...

Also re-potted 2 Anise, some of the Sweet Marjoram, and the Peppermint finally. And a small Chamomile. More to go, of course.

Some weeding and watering happened.

On the first mound of Bush Delicata, one has sprouted! More to come...

L's done some more mulching in the garden :)

Mostly, he's been working on clearing chaff out, unloading and stacking bales, and helping in the wagon in the field, which is quite enough, really.


Jun. 13th, 2012 07:11 pm
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L had finished mulching the squash bed the other day, so today I created two more mounds from the compost he'd made and planted more Bush Delicata in them. Also moved the volunteer mystery squashes from the wheelbarrow and put them in an as yet unclaimed part of the garden. We won't know until they fruit as to what type(s) they are, but I'm betting on some type of winter squash as the leaves are not deeply indented like any of the summer vines' leaves.

Wax beans are starting to come up - MIL will be happy :)

The Chocolate Mint is now up by our porch. The Sweet Marjoram and Catmint are in the south garden (still awaiting larger pots), the Lemon Balm, Horehound, Peppermint and Oregano will remain in the lower garden. That _should_ keep everyone out of trouble, I hope... Oh, and the Lavendars are all moving to the lower garden but they and the Rosemarys should be okay....

Does make planning a garden just a wee bit more interesting, doesn't it?
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So one of the things I got out of working a full day at Goldthread was that working on the ground, even raised beds, was physically way too challenging. Raised beds are higher but you can't necessarily get closer to the plants because these had soil sides instead of boards so they're wider at the bottom than at the top. So I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice to have tables instead? L and I were talking about it at a later date, and figured that for all plants that were smaller than a bush or tree, this could work. Make the tops of the tables be wood frame with hardware cloth on them (drainage) and shaded on the sides. Put your pots/flats on top and mushroom logs underneath. Depending on number of tables you'd also have tool storage space underneath.

I favor the idea of getting/building large flats rather than using small pots because if you have a hot summer the roots will get baked pretty quickly in a small pot. You really need mass to protect your plants. Although with a frame you could also attach posts and put up shade cloth as needed as well... and if it was a really wet summer you could up up a solid cover to give the plants a break from getting rained on for a day or so.

Thought needs to be given to what you're going to grow -- for instance some plants need to go deep, so a table for them would be shorter than for plants that don't need quite as much soil -- otherwise you'd be reaching up to weed. So tomatoes would be on a lower table, and lettuce would be on a higher one.

The other reason I think large flats would be good is that it would be easier to mix in compost and other amendments.

Today I also toyed with the idea of a slanted surface -- only a few tiers (1' deep) and not as deep as a table (3'), but might be handy for sheltering say a cart or similar height item. Just a thought on maximizing small acreage.
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Rained all morning and most of the day too. L went to market and I soaked in the tub and also did some laundry and moving a few things around. He brought a couple of the Ginger down but that was it for the ginger Saturday. Mostly puttered around, really, although I got a little further with a linen shirt I've been re-fitting.

Today I got the rest of the Gingers out of the house and down to the lower garden. Two pots got emptied and Gingers planted because I needed a pot that would fit into a hanging pot (missing drainage plate). The Blood Root (several small plants actually) are now hanging high up where small hands cannot pick them and eat them.

Some squash seeds decided to germinate in the more undeveloped compost that's still in the composting bin, as well as one in the compost L had dug out, which is still in a wheelbarrow. I needed to dump some stuff into the bin, so I fished out as many of the mystery squash as I could and stuck them in the wheelbarrow for now. They could be any of a number of things, so we're thinking maybe stick them at the west end of the southern garden plots and see what they become. I really was planning on a smaller garden this year, but somehow it just isn't working out...


Jun. 1st, 2012 11:56 pm
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L brought more mulch over to the main south garden and opened the bags of soil. I planted slicing cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, butternut squash, and small blue hubbard. Still to come is bush delicata (seed).

Also planted 28 yellow onion sets from a 6-pack of pots. I have another 6-pack to go.

Finished a second row of Vt. Cranberry beans, all from thinning the first row (which still needs a bit more thinning).

L used the big tiller (pulled by a tractor) to deal with the further grain plot, the little south garden (at the west end) and some bits of the lower garden (other side of house, near barn). Corn and hopefully buckwheat and maybe oats to come.

All 4 Amish Paste tomato plants are in pots now -- 1 to 1+ gallon ones, so they're all set.

Weeding here and there happened.

The peas are pretty happy... I now have a few bean plants by them as well -- a few very young seedlings I'm not sure will make it, but if they do they'll give the peas some shade at their bases, without interfering with climbing the fence, as they are bush beans.

This year I'm using a fish/kelp emulsion in the water to give new plants a nutritive boost. They do this at Goldthread and their plants are gorgeous and healthy, so I figured why not give it a try? Organic stuff, I forget the name at the moment.

MIL has asked for wax beans, so we'll need to get seed for that.

I put all the slicing cucumber plants in one hill, which might be too many (5). But it got them out of their little pots at least. Maybe someone will want 1 or 2 of them, in which case I'll pot them up for giveaway.

I have one volunteer lettuce from last year... usually there are more, but the rain probably played havoc with the flowers. Still, it's a very healthy one!

Picked up stuff I'd left at Goldthread's farm; I think folks were way down at the bottom of the field...

So, quite a few things done today, before the rain.


May. 31st, 2012 11:13 am
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Nothing yesterday. Crashed and burned at herbal school in the morning; not able to garden for that many days in a row apparently, or at least not for as many hours per day...

Most Immediate Garden To-Do List:

- We just bought some gardening soil this morning. Weird, I know, but time and energy are limited and the plants need to go into the ground faster than we can clear out last year's rainy results. So the plan for the squashes and pumpkins is to lay down as many paper feed bags as possible, cover them up with 1 foot of hay mulch (the least seedy stuff), and then make mounds with the garden soil for the plants.

- Beans -- the one row's looking good -- trying to decide if I should plant seeds for the next row or transplant some of the ones I have, since they need thinning. Might give the latter a try first, since they're already there...

- Need to get more weeds out of one of the pieces L turned, so some of the corn can be planted.

- Need to assess which herbs need potting/ re-potting most urgently and do those first.

- Need to finish moving the ginger out of the apartment and down to where they're supposed to go in. Ditto ones that made it to the porch.

Of course this won't all happen today, but it's still the most immediate stuff to do. And we still have the personal trainer in the afternoon, which means I need to soak in the tub before that.... but after I go wash eggs.


May. 29th, 2012 11:42 am
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- brought another ginger downstairs, planted 2 gingers
- planted 6 Chinese cabbage and 6 Swiss chard
- re-potted 3 Dill in large pots
- re-potted zucchini and sugar pumpkins in small pots (buying time)
- more weeding and watering
- re-potted something in the herbs but I forget what

Tuesday morning:
- worked on getting another row ready for Vt Cranberry beans


May. 27th, 2012 08:10 pm
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Anyone know how easily mints hybridize? I know, I know, I should try to look it up... but if anyone happens to know, that would be super....

I have a whole bunch of plants from the Mint family, some of which I know _won't_ cross, but not sure about the others...Peppermint, Chocolate Mint, Catmint, and Lemon Balm.

The ones I don't worry about are the Lavendar, Rosemary, and Horehound.


May. 27th, 2012 08:06 pm
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I can't even begin to keep track of all L's been doing, but a few highlights are working on making parts of one of the south gardens and the lower garden bed usable (cutting, digging, tilling, weeding, etc.), mowing some of the lawn, replacing the laundry line, and more.

Because of all the rain last fall we didn't do all our usual winter prep, so the hay field made an aggressive move on the garden. Part of the results from that we're digging out and part of it Lyle's going to use for making a row of hot compost -- we're going to bake those grass roots!

Yesterday morning I mostly just did some weeding, watering, and rescuing germinated pea seeds that the rain had uncovered. Afternoon/evening saw bringing some of the Ginger plants down to the porch and re-potting some herbs into larger pots -- Angelica Arch., Lovage, Lemon Balm, and maybe something else.

This morning was weeding, watering, and planting: 6 Lacingto Kale, 6 Red Russian Kale, and 17 Storage Cabbages. I don't know the proper name for the cabbages, but basically they are winter keepers. Also potted up 7 Chamomile into 2 big pots.

Made a trip to the transfer station to drop off trash and recyclables and picked up some empty pots and planting trays (free!).

We picked up some young yellow onions at the hardware store and then retrieved some more Chamomile I'd potted up at Goldthread and then forgot and left them there. Afternoon saw planting 8 Ginger from 6 of the pots into the Ginger bed that Lyle set up so nicely -- very easy to work in :) Also re-potted one of the Elderberry bushes, the mystery bush, a High Top Blueberry bush, and maybe something else... and dug holes to set three of the potted plants into the ground.

Had to water more plants of course -- I picked up quite a few different things this spring and they don't keep the water in the small pots very long in this weather.

Up and outside early in the morning again to do more weeding and plant more stuff. Probably the Chinese Cabbage, something else I bought (no idea at the moment), and some of the onions. I'd like to say all of them but they're multiples packed into 6-packs and I don't know if/how they're going to divide up until I get them out of the pots. I may have to stall on planting the squashes and cukes by re-potting them into larger pots for another week.

The Cranberry Vermont beans are looking good but I only have one row of them -- hopefully we can plant more over the next week, as well as the meal corn (Abenaki Flint), broad beans, and anything else I can fit.


Mar. 28th, 2012 12:59 pm
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Taking time off from kung fu classes. Will still practice as I'm able, on my own and at a slower pace. Therapy is having an effect, most of which is positive, but stability at speed is not at all what it should be, and the weirdness of uneven limbering up is being annoying.

More chigong and tai chi, and/or kung fu forms at tai chi-speed. Lots of soaking in the tub.

Less gardening this year, as that does a smashing job of wrecking me even more than kung fu.

Need new chair for computer station -- sitting too long in current chair is also worse than kung fu, doing a real job on the right hip and knee, down to the foot if I'm not careful.

Signed up for once a week class at Goldthread Apothecary and Farm -- 7 month program learning about growing, preserving, and using medicinal herbs. I got one of the scholarships too, which adds in writing up some blog posts and volunteering one day per month. This will tie in with the Ashfield New Futures group, as Goldthread will be bringing some herbs up for the community garden and I'll be one of the students helping with planting them.

House-hunting continues. Too bad we don't qual for more than we do, but hopefully we'll find a fixer-upper that is within our means at some point. Or land we can afford to build on.

A tiny bit of weaving happened this month, also a little spinning, mostly I've been sewing for craftiness.

Did do a little weeding and planted a few onions.

Need to box more stuff and get it out of the apartment!


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