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.
Spoiler alert: it didn’t end well for the bunny.
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.
Back in 2009 or so, when I first was starting to wake up to the fact that things aren’t quite what they seem to be, I got into a little bit of a panic. I remember clearly the moment it happened.
When I think of pandemics, I tend to think about things like influenza, SARS, West Nile virus, or even Ebola. I generally don’t imagine a pandemic dysentery, but perhaps it’s worth thinking about. What does a pandemic of drug-resistant Shigella look like?
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 […]
So I took off there for a while. All’s well, now at least. Things around here were a bit shaky over the last month or two. But we’re all good now, and I’ll start posting more stuff. I’ll spare you the details of the absence, mainly because there are none. I just needed a break. Plus I really didn’t have anything I felt was worthy of a post. I blame the winter. It was, and in many ways still is, a […]
I know the photo quality is a little poor, so don’t miss the negative sign and think we’re having a balmy morning for a change. Fifteen below zero at 7:30 on the morning of February 24, 2015.