2016-05-09 Garden Pictures

Grabbed the camera and went for a walk around my beautiful gardens and snapped pictures of what grabbed my eye. I just love how our place is creatively evolving ❤

 

 

Gram’s Garden: Raised Beds using Tires 2

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Rabbit Colonies: Colony V

Now we are excited! Today we got the colony out in the yard ready for rabbits to live in, and we moved in our Mother of all breeders and two of her granddaughters into it! Today was the first time her cute little feet have touched the earth! It feels so good to finally have her out of a cage, she has sure earned it. We are calling this one ‘Colony V’, because the doe of whom I speak is named Violet, and ‘V’ is my nickname for her. Her granddaughters are Poppy, and Rowan. This is a big step for us, moving the breeders out of hanging cages into these super fun colonies where they can have happier lives.

 

Gram’s Garden: Raised Beds using Tractor Tires

Here is our progress on Gram’s Garden so far. We have some time yet to finish filling the bed with our constant flow of rabbit manure, goat manure and compost before the weather is ripe for planting.

Rabbit Colonies: Inhabited: Orchard Colony

How super exciting for us! We just moved 2 bucks into their new homes today, both of them seem to like the change.

Such a beautiful day to spend in the orchard building rabbit colonies with my hubby, and kids. The girls enjoyed painting together while we worked on this project.

 

Cold Frame Cluster

So last fall I told Timmy that I wanted a cold frame, at the time we didn’t have the materials to do so… lately the materials seem to be magnetized to us so he built me 4 😀

Just wow!

Just wow!

Here is Timmy rounding the edges of the bordering logs... I just love how my man wields his chainsaw while shmokin his pipe :)

Here is Timmy rounding the edges of the bordering logs… I just love how my man wields his chainsaw while shmokin his pipe 🙂

Our neighbors let us have some old sliding door windows a few weeks ago, which motivated Tim into building the cold frames.  The log border is just beautiful.

Our neighbors let us have some old sliding door windows a few weeks ago, which motivated Tim into building the cold frames.
The log border is just beautiful.

Tim has outdone himself, this bed has evolved into such an amazing garden bed! I can’t wait to see these working this next winter giving us abundant greens during the coldest months of the year 🙂

This Spring we plan to use them as hotbeds to grow some seedlings.

Update*

The bed is pretty much finished now, we have it all ready to go. Now we just need to get some horse manure to put in the cold frames to use them as hotbeds this Spring for seedlings, and plant a whole bunch of strawberry plants around the cold frames. Yay!

Contouring the South Facing Slope

It’s that time of year, when it’s finally cool enough weather to get out on the hillside and clean it up. Tim made an “A-frame” contour tool and started laying out the contours to build our hugelkultur terrace swales on our newly cleared south facing slope. It’s funny, we’ve been dreading actually getting this hillside cleaned up. When you walk out there and look around it just looks like an insurmountable mess… but now that we have the first arch getting pretty tidy, the contouring is getting rather addictive…

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