Monday, October 25, 2010

Ready, Aim, Fire!

We spent Saturday with my parents, at their community yard sale. Found lots of great bargains for the compound; rakes, hoe, machete, compound bow and arrows.

While I spent the better part of the morning weeding, and organizing the garden, the Moose decided to build the targets for both the new bow and arrow, and pistol ranges this past Sunday.

He also had to test the new machete to see how it would work on the Robellini plant. It was great. We still have a side to go, but it's already looking really good.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever

My Dad came out to help again this weekend, and I'm grateful for the help with the heavy lifting. When he works, he whistles. It took be back to days long gone, at my Grandpa's house in Wisconsin. He too whistled, while he worked. I'm not sure if it's a genetic trait, or a lost art.

Our projects for the weekend were to set up the targets on the shooting range. Dad used some old posts that were laying around, and came up with an inexpensive target; hinges of varying sizes. It works!

The other project was to expand the existing garden, to now include a strawberry pyramid. It's 8 x 8 on the bottom level, approx. 5.5 x 5.5 on the middle level and then 36.5 x 36.5 on the top level. We should be able to get around 50 strawberry plants in this small area. If planted the traditional, long row way, we'd have needed a 50' row in the actual garden. The original fence was cut out, pulled back and moved to new posts and supports. It looks awesome! I need to get my strawberry plants in the next week or so. I look forward to the harvest some time around Feb. of next year.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Growing Garden

The garden has taken off. The corn, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, radishes and sunflower seeds are coming up. I'm not sure yet, if we didn't lose the rest to the massive rain we had last week. Parts of the garden look washed out. I'll replant some this weekend, if I don't see anything else coming up.

My Dad and Uncle came out to the compound on Saturday. They decided they needed to start cleaning out a huge series of Robellini palm trees, which really looked like a giant bush! What I found out later is that they needed to clear a path for their shooting range! That explains why three guys would head in to a very large, very dense and very thorny area. It will take some doing to get it all cleaned up, but it will look amazing when it's done. The funny part; after they cleared the section of tree, they realized there was a pile of stone still in the way, and that too had to be moved. I think the joke is on them!

I heard a baby alligator in the wild for the first time. It's a definite sound that only they make. I couldn't find him, but I could definitely hear him. We had 5 shoreline visitors this past weekend. I'm not comfortable with these uninvited guests, especially this many at one time.

Have a good and safe week!