it’s something of a wonder that anyone reads this blog or that i have had new subscribers in the last 6 months as i’ve been so neglectful in posting. i’m not promising anything like i’ll post more often, but i did tell myself i’d get one more post in this year.
if you would like to stay up to date – you might want to follow on twitter or instagram – my handle on both of those services is @dirtysabot – and i post much more frequently.
thanks to those new readers, and now on to the post.
the main reason i’ve not been posting, is that i’m busy doing the stuff i could be posting about, instead of posting about it. also my kid is really demanding of my attention these days, and i’ve been getting some freelance work. all this is to say that i’ve not had a lot of free time.
so a few highlights of summer/fall.
out in the garden we install nine 4×8 raised beds. while our soil is generally good quality and the lead levels not very high, because of the kid’s elevated blood lead levels we decided to take no chances and installed the raised beds. i didn’t take any shots that give a good perspective, but this gives you a little bit of an idea.
we also installed rain water totes – which gets us off the grid for outdoor water use – at some point i’ll post about the pump we are using and irrigation systems.
successes in the garden – strawberries planted last year (that was only last year?) gave us a great harvest – i ended up with 8 gallons of berries in the freezer plus lots of fresh eating. the kid loves strawberries – so we only have one bag left. i’m thinking we will need to put in more beds this coming year. maybe next year, we have a lot going on. our peach tree – which really shouldn’t be bearing yet, gave us a nice little crop of sweet fruit. i successfully grew sweet corn for the first time in years – though by the last picking the squirrels had noticed – i’m not sure i will be as lucky next year. still it was worth the effort and i enjoyed these ears of silver queen. we had a huge harvest of cantaloupe, more than i could eat – so i ended up freezing it. makes a pretty good base for smoothies, even the stuff that is not nearly so ripe. the fig tree survived another record breaking winter and even provide us with a bit of tasty fruit. this years break away winner for most exciting new variety to grow in the garden – pink princess – the most amazing cherry tomato i think i have had. even alice waters said it might be better than sun gold. speaking of – alice waters and will allen came to visit – that’s pretty cool right? other big new variety highlight for me was stocky red roaster pepper- a frank morton selection – anytime i see his name associated with a variety i’m willing to give it go. these are prolific, delicious peppers that kept going well into november in the hoop house. i’d be ok with only growing this variety.
my folks came to visit and they were kind enough to help put in this flower bed. it’s right outside my dining room window – so i can stare at the flowers while i eat breakfast. on an east coast visit i collected paw paws from the banks of the tuckahoe river – i saved seeds from the best ones – and perhaps in another 15 years i can be saving seeds from michigan maryland paw paw crosses. finally the project that has been taking up most of my free time this fall has been enclosing my back porch and making it into a mudroom. this has many major advantages – storage for coats and muddy shoes – but also added security and warmth. it also helps keep the house cleaner – and soil from being tracked in – we are still working to get the kids lead levels lower and soil from outside is a possible source for higher levels.
before current i still need to finish the siding – but that may wait until spring – inside is insulated – but still need to be drywalled, and painted – but now that it is inclosed we can work on that even on cold days. thanks to s for looking after the kid so much so we could work on this project and to my friend j for all the help framing and installing door and windows.
what have been yr big projects of the summer/fall?