Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

It's a bit frustrating when you think you're doing something good in the yard for the wildlife, only to maybe be making things worse because there's a lot you don't know. Makes me shudder to think of folks who buy the bee houses from the dollar store--half the holes aren't even drilled out properly and … Continue reading Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

I'd been thinking about this a while, after finding one of my corn stalks knocked over the other day. I'm annoyed as all hell and while I'd like to expand on getting lots of corn in the coming years (I'm dreaming of some of the varieties I'm planting), it's not gonna do a lick of … Continue reading Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that I should maybe get off this "I want to be a writer for a living" kick and try and save up money for a farm, because plants seem to be all I've focused on this past month. Somehow, without planning on it, I started thinking of nearly every size … Continue reading Oops, I did it again… hopefully for the last time this year.

When “taking advantage of good weather” might kick you in the rear…

I've spent most of the past two days outside, finishing putting those shrubs in the ground. And it turned out to be a pretty good project. They're small for the most part (the Hawthorns are the biggest ones by far right now), but they'll eventually grow up and out. Might take a year or two … Continue reading When “taking advantage of good weather” might kick you in the rear…

A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

I've planted vegetables, fruit bushes, and quite a few trees. But I'd never messed with shrubs in my yard because it just seemed like something too big and too small at the same time. I mean, either pick a tree or a little plant that can go into a bed with others just fine. Well, … Continue reading A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Maybe the idea was in the back of my mind, but I've wasted a good portion of the day (which I could not afford to do) opening and closing web pages on getting more tree and plant ideas (which I can't afford to buy right now, anyway). I suppose going out and placing landscaping barrier … Continue reading After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…

Two days of intense work outside. My dogs were out with me a good chunk of the time and now they're snoring away on their chairs. I'm an inch away from doing the same. I finally got my knee in good enough shape (not feeling like it wanted to twist and stab on me) that … Continue reading Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…

I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

I remember always hearing about the three-day hump when trying something new. I have a feeling it's gonna be next Wednesday by the time I can remotely succeed. I blame the weather. The freaking fantastic weather that came out to play most of this week (today was a hot exception because the wind was gone). … Continue reading I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…

My excitement over getting a new self-sustaining chapter in my life has started developing a bitter taste the past few weeks, and it's only getting worse. Don't get me wrong, I like the solar company I'm working with and they are doing what they can to help me out. It's the financing company we both … Continue reading Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…