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It’s been fairly rough the last two weeks, so not much work done. The mulberries are ripe and the sand plums are getting close. Found a couple of ash trees at the local park that are seeding. Will need to keep an eye on them.
Mostly complete with a property map that I have been creating at lunchtime. Right now it’s a PDF of a satellite map of the property with notes. Looking into creating a Google Map that will have the same data.
Not much work done this week as I had a cold for the first part of it.
Our order of chicks showed up. Been having a really high mortality rate. Uncertain if they were sick to begin with or if it is poor management. Either way, I am nervous about having a flock left if it keeps up.
Started spraying the Canada Thistle and Poison Ivy. Wasn’t able to find the chemicals I wanted in a small container, so I bought Acreage Pro which contains two other herbicides besides 2, 4-D. I will most likely need to spray again next year, so I will special order the other herbicides later. Alternating should avoid the weeds developing resistance.
As I have been updating the tree and shrub map, I think I will make some major changes. For the most part, the plants that will form the hedges that circle the fields have had one or more parts that are edible. The exception is the Black Locust which is mainly intended for firewood. So I am going to move it from the hedges and move it to separate beds for coppicing.
Haven’t had much of a chance to do anything in the garden. The onions are up and a few seeds have sprouted. Definitely need to get some weeding and mulching done.
Been planting my tree seeds. So far I have planted the oaks and black walnuts along the Medial rows, honeylocust along the East and West rows, and hawthorn in the Radial rows. Deviating slightly from plan, but that’s fine. I have also been replanting volunteer black locust on the South row and blackberries along the West row.
Finally, I have been mowing a lot. I am trying to get rid of the Canada Thistle infestation. So the mowing is to prevent flowering. Next step is start spraying. The plan is to use clopyralid or clopyralid and 2,4-D
Finally got half of the garden planted. The daughter and granddaughter helped a lot, so I have no idea what exactly is planted where. A small price to pay for making memories.
I have ran setlines the last two weekends with nothing to show for it. I changed several things this year, so I am not sure which is causing the problem. The most likely suspect is the new hooks. So I am going to go back to the hooks I had been using.
I never got around to posting last week. For the most part it was cool, wet, and dreary. Needless to say, I didn’t accomplish much except hiding inside. During one break in the rain I was able to put together the beds for the kid’s raised garden. They are pretty crude, but sturdy. I also moistened the seeds that are stratify in the fridge.
This week the weather has been nicer. Less rain and much warmer. It’s also the last expected freeze date, which means I am way behind on the garden. Unfortunately, I was only able to finish filling one bed with soil. I got distracted taking the kids fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but still had fun.
The sand plums are in full bloom. Hopefully there aren’t many cold snaps left this year.
Finally remembered to start prepping the seeds I gathered last year (acorn, black walnut, hackberry, hawthorn, honeylocust, rose, and sumac). They all got an overnight soak and then went into bags of perlite in the refrigerator. With any luck, some survived my neglect.
Put the order for chickens in. While I was pretty sure that somebody was still selling Hollands, when I went to purchase them they were all sold out for the season. So we decided to just get an order of 25 Brahmas (10 buff, 10 dark, and 5 light). Also decided to skip ordering broilers for now, the Brahma culls should be sufficient.
Not much else going on. Need to get caught up on chores and work for awhile.