Muriel’s Garden Update

I finally finished Muriel’s raised beds this past weekend.  We talked about two different designs for these, one made of inter-lockable stacked cedar frames she could put together and vary the heights as she pleased, and this design.

The landscape tie based one is a variation of a planter she saw at one of the local garden centres.  Each box is 4′ x 4′ and 30″ high.  The height was based on my old garden beds in Saskatoon.  “No Stoop Gardening”.

I didn’t use rebar as pins as is quite commonly done as the boxes are actually linked together and the measuring/drilling process would have been tedious at best and potentially frustrating with the slope of the yard.  I chose to build them using 6″ spikes and a 3 lb hammer instead. Wow, did that ever give the elbow a workout.

Mel’s Stump Axiom

No matter what you think, and how carefully you have dug, cut, and chopped, there will always be one more tree root when you are trying to dig out a stump.

Keeping Busy

I’ve managed to keep my hands busy for the last few weeks with a variety of projects. A couple of siding projects…

…some concrete…

…some random tree removal and plantings…

Looked small when we started

…and a few random things.

Muriel’s raised garden beds

This weekend weather permitting in addition to completing Muriel’s garden beds we will replace the awning over the deck.  It is way overdue, ever since the last one was ruined in the storm last fall.  Two new Ikea ones arrived this week so it will be nice to have the torn, mossy old one gone and the rain free part of the deck at full size again.

Spring in the air

Wow.  We drove around the island this week and man oh man are the blooms starting to appear.  The fruit trees are beginning to flower and the daffodils are everywhere.  Most of my place it still forest so not a lot of blossoms to see but I did find this little fellow.

I believe this to be a carpenter bee, a very good pollinator but not so much a honey bee.  Since we will be planting some fruit trees I’m glad to see them around.

In other new, I was helping with renovating a chicken pen this week.  The chickens definitely did not like the machinery and ran off quick.  The ducks however were not phased a bit.  In fact, these two ladies spent the entire afternoon trying to get into where we were working.  They stood on the other side of the wire and mumbled at me constantly.  It seemed like they were saying “So, got any worms over there?”