July! finally an Update

This is  going to be a longer than usual post as I try to make up for my tardiness. We have been real busy around here with one thing or another so here is a bit of a rundown of what’s been going on.

Finally we got the wood chipper working correctly after getting a revised design of chute, vent panels  and revised feed tensioner hooks. its like a different machine. I had a lot of catching up on the wood chipping front. all the braches that where removed for the installation  of the perimeter fence. The limbs from the long over due pruning of some of the big old cherry trees and the clear up of the two trees that fell over in the winters storm and just general spring clean up.

I began chipping with gusto, sorting the wood in to the cedars and other types of wood to chip to use as mulch on the front gardens . with the fruit tree wood , apple, cherry and also the alder I chipped those up to use for smoking fish and other foods ….alder being my favorite for smoked tuna but  I thought it would be nice to try some of the fruit woods. After they are chipped I put them in paper grocery bags to dry out before use .I also sometimes sell a bag or two to people who what to use it in their BBQ.

Cherry wood chips  Cherry chips bagged to dry

 

The bees have been doing well and for a brief spell I was up to three hives here when the local nuc arrived. That was only short lived because I found that the back hive was queen less . so I combined it with the nuc and now have two very strong hives, both with two honey supers on. the front hive had the honey super on first and I just had to try some of the honey so I removed a frame of honey but without an extractor we had to mash the comb with a spoon to get the honey out and then filter it . The honey tasted great but it was a lot of work for just one frame , so I decided we better purchase an extractor before the rest of the honey is ready .

IMG_5138 honey extractor

 

On to the gardens . The wild flower mix I had planted in a shady planter had really turned in to a surprise. I had no idea what would come of it but it has turned out looking really great , adding some much needed colour to a shady dull part of the property.

Wild flower mix  IMG-20120625-00173

The Vegies are doing great , we have had some nice beets out , the colours on which were just so awesome I had to take a pic of them the third round of radishes are coming up, the rutabagas are doing great as are the peas and potatoes .

raddish seedlings  IMG_5175

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3 Responses to July! finally an Update

  1. narf77 says:

    Cheers for dropping by Serendipity Farm and liking Emo Dog and El Chupacabra. You appear to have a nice garden going there…I too have a problem with my mulcher. I have decided to throw it into the Tamar River and have a public shaming ceremony for its manufacturer at the same time killing two birds with one stone. The ONLY bit of it that has any worth whatsoever is the small rubber band that held the bag onto the chute that I now wear in my hair (you have to get SOMETHING good out of it when you spend that much money on something…sigh…). Kudos on the vegetables. You obviously live somewhere where vegetables are not the leading currency in native wildlife society unlike us here in Tasmania who are currently being predated by every known (and several previously thought extinct) native creature thanks to an etended period of cold weather and our property being the ONLY one that doesn’t have a shotgun. Imagine all of the endemic wildlife massed on a single 4 acre property and you have Serendipity Farm mid winter. Oh well…”Roll on Summer!” :). Again, thanks for dropping by and feel free to drop back for a cup of tea any time you like. If you would like something stronger you will have to wait for the possums to stop eating the grape vines and the hens stop eating the grapes. Probably quicker and smarter if we go to the pub 🙂

    • Simon says:

      Thanks for visiting, i did enjoy your blog and your sense of humour.

      I love staffies , they are great dogs , i had the english version , but he turned out to be a very large one , almost the size of an Amstaff. i like your idea for the public shaming , i was thinking along the same lines only i sent them a video of it not doing what it was supposed to , and they sent the parts to fix it. they where very helpful.

      The local wildlife do have a vegetable based economy here too, only like much of the world the access to it is controlled by greedy slugs …seriously we have a massive slug population here , i have never seen the likes of it before. we did have a large rabbit population until we adopted some feral cats , well one in particular who would like to kill anything that moves . when we brought our cane corso pup home she thought he was fair game and commenced stalking him even though he was 17 lbs then, she has stopped stalking him now as he is 6 months old and 86lbs now

      have a good day and i look forward to reading more of your blog.

      • narf77 says:

        I have a slug solution! We inherited a couple of ducks who had nowhere else to live and aside from having to make them a pond (solution: old dinghy that we land lubbers didn’t want now boat/pond) they pretty much do their own thing. Apart from making some alarming noises at times (when they are annoyed and when they are hungry…you CERTAINLY know when ducks are hungry!) we no longer have a slug problem…I haven’t seen a slug in a year! They eat their weights worth of slugs (and succulents…but that is another story…sigh…). Get yourself some ducks and the dog will love you for it (best get a few…if your pup is like Earl (Earl Chupacabra…)he will develop an unhealthy interest in all things poultry and will spend his days waiting in hiding to wrangle himself an unsuspecting member of that esteemed confraturnity. Have a great day and give your pup a pat from Steve and I 🙂

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