Sunday, December 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Will add a picture of it in its full newly sprayed glory soon..
Thursday, September 12, 2013
August was most definitely a month for weddings and we've even got a few this autumn (seriously we do have our fingers crossed). Our flowers have been spreading joy across Nova Scotia in the South Shore, the Valley, Halifax, Pictou, New Glasgow and of course locally in Tatamagouche.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
It's a joy to be stopped in our tracks by the heady scent of lilac and quite beautiful to see apples and our wondrous hawthorn trees in bloom.
I've started making flower essences and finishing blending some herbal extracts so they will be available for sale soon. (Well that is my excuse for buying decent brandy!)
We've even managed to make time and shift the gigantic pile of soil which was dumped outside the kitchen window for the last 2 years!!
We're feeling a bit sun-kissed and bug bitten but morale is high!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We've just said goodbye to our first volunteer wwoofers of the season, Anna and Franz. It was great to have the extra pairs of hands to help out as we begin to tackle the long list of spring tasks ahead of us and thanks to them I now have one new raised bed (it only took 3 years!)
Thankfully we got hold of a load of good sh*t, it's dark and dirty and our plants are going to love it! (Worm castings from Growing green earthworm castings will be delivered soon).
Over the last two weeks, Jamie has tilled, we've mulched, spread muck, transplanted a few hardy kales and veggies, sown some grains and whatever else we felt like risking. I've been weeding our perennial beds and it's good to see Echinops, Eryngium, Phlox, Veronicas, Peonies, Achillea, Motherwort, Catnip, Vervain, Lavendars and other herbs beginning to grow once more. I've put the dandelions to good use and have a batch of home brew bottled and wine in the making.
The polytunnel is almost behaving itself and is full with snaps, stocks, clarkia and larkspur.
Our transplants are simply desperate to get out of the greenhouse and into the field so as soon as we've got past this cold spell we will be transplanting as fast as we can.
General feeling is good, and grass is growing like crazy, trees actually have leaves on and we've even got some blossom.
Bertie is the only one sulking since Franz was a rather impressive thrower of sticks and she is missing him like mad.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The garlic is growing up through its cosy bed of winter mulch, as is the asparagus, the daffodils, hyacinth and muscari are in bloom and we have given our raspberries a little prune in the hope that this year we will have berries!
Our little green house is almost over-flowing with flower seedlings that are desperate to be transplanted, however we are not fooled by this wave of warm weather, we are holding off a little longer just in case night temperatures plummet once more.
A week ago Jamie was able to finally till up some beds which was a great relief so has begun spreading compost and direct seeding. This of course means the chickens are back behind bars much to their disgust and are serenading us with their chorus of disapproval.
Yesterday, following several unsuccessful attempts over the last few weeks, Jamie managed to get the plastic back over the poly tunnel, so fingers crossed it will stay put this time.
All in all, green is good and it feels exciting to get our hands in the dirt once more.
|Drumming by our Beltaine fire|
|Jamie's very delicious, very chocolatey birthday cake|
Friday, April 12, 2013
|Trees desperately hanging on.|
|Barbed wire growing through the tree|
|Clearing the field in May 2010|
|Today: Rows of raspberries & blackberries|
Friday, April 5, 2013
|Bertie would actually much rather be out chasing the chickens...|
|Hot bed number 2|
|Hotbed covered at night as its been dropping to -6 degrees C|
|The chickens are happy too....|
Monday, March 25, 2013
Our initial seed bed is literally a bed with mattress removed and replaced with a layer of plastic, insulating bubble wrap, sand and our heating cable/mat.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
|stove cranked up|
|slowly boiling down!!|