Hurt myself a few weeks ago and I still slowly recuperating. The spirit is strong, but the flesh is week.
So far the cuttings are a mixed bag. Almost all of the Washington Hawthorn cuttings have died while a handful of Mulberry and Honeylocust are putting out leaves. The Hawthorns were doing really good up until recently. The only thing I can think of is that either the cuttings were two small in diameter or there was too much direct exposure to sunlight. I have moved the remaining cuttings to the north side of the house and continue to observe.
Chickens are doing pretty well. None of the hens has decided to use the nest boxes, but they all use a pretty clean corner of the coop. I need to clean their bedding out and dust them for mites. Also trying to decide if I want to start a second flock of Easter Eggers.
Most of the Black Cherry seedlings I planted out seem to be doing well, not sure about the Buffaloberry. Most of the Honeylocust I planted last year seem to have survived, but I haven’t been able to determine if any of the Green Ash, Black Ash, or Osage Orange have survived. Not certain, but it looks like at least one of the hazelnuts has sprouted. Its looking to be dry this year, so I will need to start looking into watering everything.
This years big present was a bagger for the Riding Mower. Most of the clippings will go to to mulching the garden beds, but I did come up with another use for them. Previously I have marked the hedge row by just not mowing them. Now I am putting down about 6 to 12 inches of grass clippings. Besides helping the trees to grow better, I am hopping that they will act as mini-dams or swales and help increase the amount of water that infiltrates.
Trying to sell the canoe and find something smaller and lighter. I like the Grumman, but it is more than I can handle getting on and off the van. In addition, I need to find a better fishing spot.
Working on a couple of recipes for healthier breakfast choices.
Decided to start the Honey Locust seeds inside this year. So far, about 8 have sprouted out of 36 peat pots. I suspect that I won’t get many since I forgot about the seeds all winter, which means the bugs had a field day. I also potted up the Blackberry seeds that have been stratifying over the winter.
Been working on how the plumbing and HVAC will effect the design of the house. One thing I realized is that the unconventional way I was running the floor joists was going to cause some issues with routing. So I am back to a conventional layout, but need to run the numbers to see if solid lumber or I-joists work out better.
Finally goat a chance to get the Buffaloberry bushes planted. They made two of the radial rows on the East side. Tried making seed balls to seed White Clover and various wildflowers, but they lacked structural integrity. I ended up just broadcasting the clay and seeds.
When I transitioned from a daily to a weekly calendar, I didn’t account for leap weeks instead of leap days. Rather than try to figure it out myself, I borrowed the leap rule from Symmetry454. When I update the Calendar page, I will include the data on how it works.
I got fertilizer for the trees that got pruned this year. Still need to cut down more volunteers. Got the Black Cherry trees planted. Found my honey locust seeds and got them sprouting. Now if the weather and my back will cooperate.
Been getting a lot of work done on the house plans. Trying to figure out plumbing, as this might impact stud an joist placement. Next is HVAC and Electrical. There doesn’t seem to be much good information online on how to size the various pipes and the IRC/IPC don’t quite make sense yet.
Haven’t accomplished much this week as work has been busy. I did get a chance to survey more of the tree locations for Google Maps. This only indicates where a tree should be, not necessarily what should be there or what is present condition is. I will need to wait until later in the year when the trees have leafed out to do that.
Seeing bud formation on Honey Locust, Cottonwood, and Mulberry. Sand plums have started to flower.
Received my tree order from Kansas Forestry Service. This year is 25 Black Cherry and 25 Buffaloberry. Most of the Black Cherry will go in the north row of trees and the reminder along the other rows. The Buffaloberry will all go in the south row. Now I just have to get them into the ground.
Not much this week. I have Honey Locust, Mulberry, and Washington Hawthorne cuttings soaking in water. Chickens are laying about 4 to 6 eggs per day. Weather has been fairly nice, but dry. Finally got a little rain, but would like more.
Been refining how I want the garden to be set up. The overall space is about 110′ by 110′. This will be broken up into nine equal squares of 32′ by 32′ spaced two feet between squares. The squares themselves will be mulched with grass clippings, while the spaces between will be mulched with wood chips.
Seems sort of important to post something for this week, since it is the first week of my year. On a side note, I need to update the calendar for this year.
Been spending most of the last few weeks plotting and planning on what I want to accomplish this year. As such, I have decided that this year will mostly be devoted to getting ready, or laying the groundwork. This seems particularly appropriate since taking a break the last few years means I am starting from scratch.
I need to get quite a bit of pruning done before the weather gets much warmer. At least one set of tires needs to be pollarded before the get much taller. I will try to propagate the cuttings from the Honey Locust, Mulberry, and Hawthorne trees. Any of the cuttings that root will go to building the living fences.
I started the pruning last weekend and will probably be at it for a couple more.
Current plan is to take one of half fields (100′ x 100′) and layout 9 beds (4 for plants, 1 for a water feature, 1 for green house, compost, etc, 1 for perennials, and 2 for chickens). This year I plan to get a bagger for the riding mower and all of the grass clippings will go to mulch these beds. This will go on all year.
Mostly these will be mowed for mulch. I am debating renting a rototiller in Middle or Late Summer and putting in Rye on one field.
Finally got some rain. Less than a tenth of an inch, but it was nice. Looked up a little info on Weather.gov. Previous rain was back in November. We aren’t that far behind for the year since we had a surplus coming out of November.
Decided that I won’t put a garden in, but will work on building the garden itself. So this spring, I will rent a rototiller and till up the plots. Then I can layout and rebuild the beds and walkways. Then I should be I great shape for a weed-free garden next year.