Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Busy Wednesday

I just finished placing an order for rhubarb crowns from Seeds of Change. I ordered three. I think that will be enough for us. I also placed an order from St. Lawrence Nurseries for a number of things. Raspberry bushes: 6 Boyne, which is summer bearing & 6 Autumn Bliss, fall bearing. Ten Sugar Maple trees that are about 2-3 feet tall which will eventually produce sap for syrup. Hopefully we will live a long life so we can tap them :-). I also ordered a couple ornamental-type trees. Ten dogwood trees to use as screens for electrical transformer box & septic covers in the areas around the barn. Two Forsythia to plant for color. Last, Staghorn Sumac which is ornamental, but you can also make a drink from the seed heads similar to lemonade & very high in Vitamin C.

We better be in good shape when spring comes. We have a lot of trees to plant! I'm still hoping for some help like we had last year. A dollar a tree to plant from a permaculture intern on another farm. So we will add these with the 100 Hazelnut bushes & the 10 Chestnut trees already on order...Wow, I don't want to think about it! Really though, I am very excited about planting more trees & bushes. The more self-suffient we can become food-wise, the better.

The next thing on our list is to decide about expanding the garden to twice it's size (see this post for existing garden size) & also planning where to plant everything this year. Overwhelmed is the feeling I get when thinking of planning the garden this year. That's why I keep putting it off. All the seeds are ordered. I just have to have a few hours of completely undistracted time to do this & break it down into small steps. Brain injuries suck! There I said it. I feel better now. I try to keep a positive attitude but sometimes I get a little (sometimes a lot) down about the whole thing.
Some good news having to do with the chiropractor only wants to see me every 3 weeks now. Yippee! My neck is loosening up more. It's a big deal to me because I am getting very tired of being at the doctor all the time. Now I will just have the brain therapy appointment once a week and the chiropractor every third week. Steve is going to the chiropractor every third week now too. The scar tissue in my hip seems to loosen up after exercising so I will be doing more of that because I'm so tired of having a limp when I'm stiff.
(see below for Chester)

Chester from "Gunsmoke"

For us old people who remember "Gunsmoke". For the younger people, he had a limp.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I loved Gunsmoke... miss all those great shows.

The Blue Ridge Gal

fullfreezer said...

Hooray for small improvements. I'm glad you are able to break things down into smaller, manageable bits. I need to work on that as well. I tend to bite off more than I can chew sometimes.

ChristyACB said...

As always, breaking it down step by step makes the most intimidating things do-able.

Now, with all those nut bushes and trees, what are you going to do with the produce. That is a whole lotta nuts!

Barb and Steve said...

It is a lotta nuts! We are vegetarians so that is where we get our protein from. That will take care of some...we hope to sell the rest. There is a co-op forming for nut growers in our area of WI. It's a great permaculture area.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I'm completely jealous of all your planting. My thumb is so brown. The only thing we can grow are plants that thrive neglect. aka weeds.