Chop Wood Carry Water Plant Seeds is a blog about Self-Sufficient Homesteading. How can we live by creating a sustainable bio-diverse world, instead of by consuming and destroying the only one we have? What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Broccoli to the right and Yellow Wonder raspberries to the left. Broccoli will do much better if planted early so to avoid Cabbage Moths which become problem during the summer. The raspberries will give fruits the first year if started indoors.
Paprika and Chili plants growing strong ...
I have re-potted the Tomato plants
Forced Rhubarbs are growing faster than the non-forced as you can see on this pic. The Rhubarb in the front is still small since it wasnt covered
The radishes, Mizuna kale and Spinach are growing in the greenhouse. The lettuce isnt sprouting for some reason. Maybe bad seeds?
Friday, March 14, 2014
Well, not entirely :) but the large greenhouse is finished for now. The smaller greenhouse is also covered but needs materials for the walls.
I present to you ... (fanfares !!!) ... the ugliest greenhouse in human history ;) I literally used all sort of materials I could put my hands on and tried to fit it as best as I could. But the greenhouse is fully practical and functional :) that is the most important part. I'm sure our tomatoes, paprika, chili and cucumbers will enjoy it :)
I even installed a plastic barrel to collect rain water. I just have to figure out how to make a cheap DIY gutter. I was thinking about nailing 2 planks together in a V-shape ... will see.
The chicks are becoming more accustomed to my presence. I dump horse manure into the hens yard which seems to bring much joy into their life :) they just love sifting through it!
Gorgeous looking Danish Leghorn Land-race both Black & Brown
I just LOVE this Cock so much people might think Im turning gay ;) He is such a handsome fellow and very gentle towards his ladies. Cant wait to get some baby chicks :))
Monday, March 10, 2014
So far I have filled 7 raised beds with compost soil. Im half way there :) Its a slow process. It takes time to build raised beds but after they are ready there is no much to do but remove a few weeds which might appear every no w and then. It is VERY easy to remove weeds from such beds since weed roots do not cling to hard clay soil but very loose compost soil :) Adding every year 5cm thick compost layer is all there is needed to maintain it. You can see in the background that the green house is not finished. The reason is that I have no material to cover the walls......
My local recycling plant has no knowledge of Reuse but rather they are very good at Refuse :( I asked them nicely today if I can get these old windows for my greenhouse and they said NO! Its against their policy apparently :( They pay money for the container to be emptied yet, so it is in their interest to let me take these windows so they dont have to empty it that often. I even offered to pay them some small money to take the windows and they still replied NO! :( Such beautiful old windows will go to waste. It saddens me greatly indeed :(
But not all seems gloomy :) I have got a new toy :)) a new trailer :)) Now I can get pallets and others stuff easily and transport whatever. It sure is a big help when living in the country side. I have got many pallets from my new friend Sophia today. Now I have enough pallet planks to make a few more bee hives :) for free :) Beekeeping doesnt have to be expensive!
This is the first Honeybee in 2014 that has appeared in front of my eye :) such a joy!
It seems that even Ladybirds have woken up :)
Monday, March 3, 2014
No-dig gardening method suits my life style perfectly! I dislike non-sustainable machines like tractors and roto-tillers and I sure am not a great fan of shoveling hard clay soil ;)So what do I do? Non-digging seems perfect for me :) It sure takes some time to create a no-dig garden using cardboard and newspapers as well as compost which has to brought to the spot.
I simply place newspapers or cardboard onto the grass and apply 15 cm thick compost soil on top of it. If I have planks I do like to define beds with them, but they are not a must have. All the grass under the cover will die and become :) food for my veggies.
I have bought 2 kg of organic Sava potatoes and have placed them in a tray beside the window to help them sprout. I placed some soil under them to also encourage the creation of roots. In about 4-6 weeks I will be planting them outdoors. I do have many Sarpo Mira potatoes in Sweden which I will bring to Denmark in April. Sarpo Mira is blight resistant.
Black Cherry and Marmande Tomatoes have started sprouting :)
Im so happy to see most of the Acacia seedlings growing well. My intention is to plant them on the East side of our Spruce forest. My bees will sure appreciate Acacia nectar :)
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This is the perfect time to prune apple trees. The trees are slowly waking up and pumping the sap up. This enables the trees to quickly repair/heal any damages caused by the pruning scissors. If the apple trees are pruned in Autumn instead they can easily develop apple tree rot.
It was hell of a job to correct the apple trees. The previous owners didn't really prune them buy the book. Each and every one apple tree has got the rot.
This branch was not cut properly and the rot has infected the tree. It is very important to cut the branch as close to the tree as possible so the tree can heal. If the branch is left a bit long the tree will not send the sap into it and therefore it can not heal.
This branch was cut all the way to the tree and it healed nicely :) you can see how the bark grew into the cut part. That is a sign of successful healing.
I have pruned all apple trees but one. Will finish the job tomorrow. Lets hope to get a good apple season since we are planning to do much with them.