Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday musings


in which our plucky heroine notices improvements...

heart beet!

I love Green Zebra, my local mini grocery store. They have enough of a selection to be useful, they are within walking distance of Acorn Cottage, I get a 10% discount on fresh produce, and they have a sense of humor that adds to the whimsy and wonder in the world
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It was a very productive weekend with my Blue Cedar House pals. The rotted stupid deck in the backyard has been reduced to a pile of flinders in the middle of the backyard, and next month they will borrow a pickup truck so we can take the debris to the dump. Farbjorn also then raked up all the landscape cloth, picked up all the broken glass and trash that was underneath the deck, and then used the garden fork to loosen all the soil and then smooth it back out from the lumpy hillocky dangerous contour that was the result of Former Owners mistakes.

rotted deck flinders that need discarded,
with smoothed ground just visible behind


new front yard quarter circle garden bed



While all the deck demolishment was happening, Thora and I created a new small garden bed in the corner of the front yard near the sidewalk, and planted the baby Korean dwarf nut pine * tree there. I then decided that adding some flowers to the edge would make it look very adorable and loved, so I got a few inexpensive primroses and miniature pansies. Now the edge of the yard looks like it had always been that nice.

We also moved the Self Watering Planters over to the edge of the yard as well, where they get lots of sun. I am planning on sticking pea seeds in them for now, as springtime is the right time for that, and it has been years since I managed to do so! Will need to make planter covers from chicken wire to foil efforts by squirrels to replant with random nuts...
*Pinus koraiensis 'Dwarf' 'Nana' (Dwarf Korean Pine) * Full sun * Zones 3-8 * 5' tall * 4' wide * A true Dwarf Conifer, it only grows 5' tall x 4' wide! Harvest your own pine nuts! The Dwarf Korean Pine is a slow-growing, upright evergreen conifer with beautiful soft blue-green needles. Also known as Pinus koraiensis 'Nana'. In Asia, Korean Pine is widely harvested for pine nuts. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 5' tall x 4' wide in 10 years.s Hardy to -40 degree
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February SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 Slavic scroll blank deck broken downcracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve dwarf pine plantedbag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmalade - landscape cloth
4 Seville marmalade - -
5 new garden bed- -
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