Tuber Experiments

Image: Potatoes, carrots, and sunchokes harvested from our garden today.

Traditionally, we usually harvest our root vegetables in the fall and store them in a root cellar over the winter.  However, with our high water table in the winter, a root cellar just isn’t feasible.  Last year, I harvested my tubers and tried storing them in tubs of sand above ground.  This was a resounding failure – I ended up freezing most of my crop.  This year, it was time for a new experiment.

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Soffits and Other Trivia

Image: Our cabin with edge trim and soffits installed.

Well, we finally won the marten war.  We managed to get the soffits (shiny black material located in the eaves in the above photo) installed in and around weeks of rain.  Mr. (or Mrs.) marten has been around, checking out our work, and has deemed the cabin completely marten proof.

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Boats, Boats, Boats …

Boats seem an inevitable part of our existence, living up near the head of an inlet as we do.  Every year, I think, “Well, the boats are in good condition this year, we’ve done lots of work on them, and everything should be fine.”  And every year, our boats work hard to add just a little more adventure to our lives than maybe we really wanted.

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A Solar Dehydrator

Image: Solar dehydrator built from left over bits and pieces from our house construction.

The summer solstice is past and summer’s finally here.  The weather has become typically hot and dry, with no rain in sight for weeks.  It’s time to start harvesting the garden before everything dries up and dies.  As part of that process, we decided to build a solar dehydrator.

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