April 2015

Controlling My Woodchips

I’m a huge fan of mulching, and living in the woods like I do, I have access to a nearly limitless source of mulching materials. The saplings that sprout up along the edges of clearings every year are perfect for making what’s called ramial chipped wood mulch, ramial referring to branches and other small diameter wood that’s still tender and soft compared to larger diameter parts of the tree.

I recently got a comment on the About page from a new reader. She made the escape from the east to northern Idaho back in the 70s, and as I wrote to her about that common bond, I was struck by the degree to which I feel like I’m at an inflection point in my family’s journey to personal freedom.

Too Mulch Information

I actually got a chance to get out into the garden yesterday. The snow pack has finally pushed back to just the remnants along the driveway that used to be six-foot piles tunneled with snow forts, the gardens are finally free and clear, and the ground has thawed enough to work a little. With yesterday’s nearly 70° high and bright sun on my back, it was like a little slice of heaven being out there.

Dormant Pruning Fruit Trees

When nighttime temps are still just below freezing, but daytime temps are rising into the 40s and even 50s, it’s time to get into the orchard and do dormant pruning. Personally, I prefer to dormant prune in the late fall, well after leaf-drop but before the ground is totally frozen, however sometimes life gets in the way of making that happen on time. Early spring dormant pruning is still a good option though. I like to wander down to the […]