Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cardboard Mulch

This spring we were pleased to see almost all of the perennials made it through the winter. Some didn’t – one of our risky zone 5 butterfly bushes is no longer with us, even though I mulched it with straw. … Continue reading

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Ellie’s Crop Report: May 28, 2011

We periodically look up to see Ellie watching our progress in the yard. I took Friday off, so we worked all day until it started to rain. Midway through we did stop to chat with our neighbor in back as … Continue reading

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More Pallet Trellis Fun!

We’ve been busy working in the yard. This evening we finished two more trellises made from pallets. The first one (pictured) was made from pallets that matched lengthwise, so I could nail the ends with board. We simply used board … Continue reading

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Tornado Debris: A Reminder to Prep Better

Yesterday afternoon we heard the weatherman say a tornado was on the ground some blocks south of us, so we quickly got Ellie, a flashlight, a weather radio, and a couple of chairs and headed to our root cellar. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Bearing Fruit: A Guest Post by Mutti

I came home from work this past week on one of the sunnier days and Mutti told me she had an idea for a post. We have a young white flowering tree, seen in the picture at left through a … Continue reading

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Slow News Day

We’ve been busy in the yard removing weeds and prepping soil for new areas that we didn’t plant in last season. In the newly cleared areas we’re going to try a patch of sunflowers and amaranth. I think Quinoa will … Continue reading

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Ooh, Ahh, and Ohh!

After doing some chores around the yard I thought I’d snap some pictures of other plants in bloom besides the tulips. We want to arrange our plants to go off like a fireworks display through the seasons, but as we’ve … Continue reading

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