As I was thinking about what to write about for the 5×5 Garden Challenge post this week, I realized I don’t really have much. I’m patiently waiting for it to thaw out. This forecast isn’t helping, snow, and lots of it.
I am seeding things indoors, but nothing for the 5×5 Garden. What I need to do it get out my seeds and plan out where I’m going to be planting things when it finally does thaw. Here’s my post from last year about planning your garden.
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Two nights ago when I went out the chicken coop to count the birds, our Buff Orpington chicken (aka Big Ginger) was nowhere to be found. It’s really strange for Big Ginger not to be in the coop, she’s always the first one to roost up in the evening, sometimes she’s in the coop roosting at three in the afternoon. We looked and looked everywhere and she couldn’t be found. There was no evidence of foul play and I had spent most of the day outside so I would have heard any commotion from a predator attack. Plus Tara would have barked or alerted.
The next morning, she was standing out in a wooded area behind the house. Then I came up with a theory about what had happened. She ventured over the hard snow in the morning but then didn’t want to walk on the soft snow in the afternoon. So she roosted in a pine tree on her little island of earth surrounded by snow. The following night she was in the coop at three.
It was just a theory until yesterday when the same thing happened again. She got stuck on the little island once again. I had to go out and chase her over the snow so she could head back to the coop for the night. I’m glad she wasn’t nabbed by a predator, but it would be nice if she was a little smarter!
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People keep asking to see photos of the quilt I’ve been working on. Now that it’s finished. I wanted this quilt to have a really old feel, which it ended up having because the fabric was all old. I cut each piece out by hand with scissors, no rotary cutter involved. Precision was not in the game plan for this quilt, I wanted it to be imperfect.
This quilt was made out of old pjs. Some of them are very old, old enough that I wore them in college 18 years ago. Some of them are mine, some belonged to Mr Chiots. In fact he still has a pair of flannel pants that is a different color but the same pattern as one of the fabrics used in the quilt. I kept threatening to steal his pants to incorporate the fabric in the quilt. In end, I let him keep his comfy pants, they will make it into another quilt in the future. The fabric is a mix of cotton flannel and regular cotton.
I used an old flannel sheet as the batting and an old duvet cover for the back. The only thing I had to purchase for the quilt was thread and a half yard of blue fabric for the binding. Now that’s what I call a deal!
I purchased a lovely variegated thread to use for the quilting, I love how the colors show through on the red background.
All-in-all I’m very happy with this quilt. It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be. After being washed it will grace one of the twin beds in our guest bedroom. Which Dexter found right away. We don’t let the cats in that room, I’m not quite sure how he managed to get in there!
Now on to the next quilt for the other bed!
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Organizational structure is essential to the garden’s functional and aesthetic success. The paths, arbors, hedges, and other elements that create it are the garden’s bones. They hold the garden up, define it’s form, expand it’s possibilities and bring it to life. They are the framework on which the garden grows.
Linda Joan Smith (Smith & Hawken Garden Structures)
My previous garden waiting 6 years before pathways and hedges started to form a framework. I was hoping to get things going sooner here, but I’m still trying to figure out exactly where everything will be. This isn’t something you want to rush either since many of the features that add form to the garden are rather difficult and expensive to change.
Defining the form in a garden, it’s something I think about all winter as I look at the garden around me. Not only is it a good time to do it because there aren’t any plants to distract you, it’s also a good time because you have time.
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Yesterday was beautiful and it felt like maple sugaring season. When we got home from running errands I grabbed my spiles, drill and got to work setting a few maples taps.
I set 10 taps yesterday and hope to head out and put in at least 10 or 15 more. The maples closest to the house and on my route to the coop and on dog walks got first priority. They’ll be the easiest to monitor and empty.
Maple sugaring season is one of my favorites – I love heading outside to check all the collection jars, gathering sap and boiling it down into a tasty treat. There’s something so exciting about the process. For me it’s the official end of winter and the beginning of spring.
As soon as I set the taps most of them started dripping, one tree is already proving to be a champ, giving a quart of sap in only a few hours. My goal is to get at least 3 gallons of finished syrup this year, that means I need 12-15 taps. As we have found out in the past, some trees produce a bounty of sap and others not quite as much. I’d rather have more syrup than I need than not enough, so I’ll shoot on setting 20 taps.
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