Category Archives: Gardening

Mowing

We don’t like to mow. Especially with gas. Why burn fuel just to cut down the weeds. Well, if you don’t cut them down, they will get a little out of hand. There is a 100 foot section in the front that faces the road that grown all kinds of weeds. Weeds I’ve never seen before.

I took the weeds down with the scythe and raked them into piles. It took two nights to get the job done. It’s hard to believe, but it took two hours to chop down 100 feet of weeds. Raking took another two hours. The weeds were wet and heavy. I sweated and my arms ached.

I couldn’t just leave the weeds in the front, but I didn’t think I had it in me to load them into the wheel barrow and take them to the back of the property.

It was a week before I was ready to move the weeds. It turns out that I procrastinate just long enough. The weeds dried over the course of the week and were very light and easy to move.

Now that I think about it, when people harvested grain with a scythe, they would cut crop down and bundle it up in the field, let it dry and collect it later.

I really feel like I get in touch with an earlier time when I use tools from the past.

Some garden projects.

First, the Hops needed some string to grow onto. I have neglected them long enough this year. The vines are over 5 feet and should had been taken care of months ago. There are three plants here and they should yield enough hops for about 3 beers.

The grapes sprang to life, but they didn’t grow from the buds I left. I don’t know if I pruned them too early or what. They didn’t do anything for about a month after I pruned them, then all of the sudden they started growing like mad. If you click on the photo, you should be able to see the brown stem of last years growth.

I think Jeff Cox is right. They should reach the trellis this year.

Grapes

We are groing Frontenac grapes to make our own wine. We ordered the grape plants from Fedco seeds. Fedco has a great selection of organic and untreated seeds, plants, trees and bulbs.

These grapes sound like they will make a wonderful red wine and should grow well in our climate.

The plants didn’t make it up to the trellis last year, so acording to Jeff Cox in From Wines to Wines they are supposed to be pruned down to only one bud and they will “surely make it there this year.”

A green greenhouse

The greenhouse is turning green! The plants on the ground are lettuces that were planted last fall. They didn’t grow much over the winter, but they survived.

The plants on the shelf, in the back of the green house are the sprouts that were growing under the plant light just last week. They have done wonderfully. The seeds were planted a few weeks ago, when the first green appeard, my wife (the gardening goddess) put them under the plant light.

Welcome spring.

Welcome Spring! My wife, the gardening goddess, wanted to start onions and spinach. The soil outside is solid as a rock, so the seeds will have to be planted in the house.

My sand and water table, having a 24″x36″ plastic tub, is perfect to start seedlings, provided an appropriate light source can be added. I built a frame to suspend two 40 inch shop lights above it. I built the frame tall enough that it could be used to suspend other things.

The lights are about 6 inches above the plants.

Cattle Panel Greenhouse

I built a green house for my wife’s birthday. It didn’t cost a lot and it looks awesome. Here are some Pictures. It is built using 2×4 lumber and cattle panels. The 2x4s make a base and the cattle panels form the roof. The whole thing is covered with plastic. The door is made with an old storm window we had. There are handles that extend out at the base, so it can be moved. To build it, I first made the wood frame, then anchored the cattle panels. To bend the cattle panels while I anchored them to the base, I tied rope between the ends and tightened it until they were just right, then nailed the cattle panel in place. Once the panels were anchored, I built the rear brace, then the door and door frame. I added the beam across the top for stability then anchored the cattle panel to the top beam.

Click here to go directly to the project.