What a Beautiful World We Live In

Image: Our front yard, a wild and busy place.

I’m not going to write much in this post – just let the photos tell our story.  The summer has been busy, but we are beginning to see the results of our hard work.

PS Keep tuned in for some upcoming artwork that is connected with my writing projects.

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Terracing the Garden

Image: Newly terraced garden with supports for climbing beans in the top terrace.

Coming from Prince Rupert, I’ve always been concerned about getting my garden to drain adequately.  We used raised beds in our gardens there, largely to keep the beds from becoming bogs.  I never thought you could have too much of a good thing when it came to drainage …

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The Beginnings of an Orchard

Image: Kiwi fruit arch looking into the old golden plum grove.

This year, we decided it was finally time to begin planting trees on our site – the start of an orchard.  So, early this spring, we began the project by clearing nearly an acre of our land.  This involved cutting lots of salmonberry and rose bush, brush burning, and root pulling.  A very good way to get into shape!

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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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