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Miscellaneous Trees, born 2017

A small Cherry, apple, and pear orchard is being considered. But for now the only success has been in the nourishing of the rapidly growing trees way in the back that don't produce fruit.

The trees shown in the photos were not present when we moved here in late 2014. The trees form a natural border between the neighbors to the rear and our property, and will serve as firewood in a few years.
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All that was required for these trees to grow, was to NOT mow a section of the lawn for a while.

September - October 2018!
Still pulling in an ample supply of salad from the Garden

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The Apple Tree was brought here by Ms. Vickie Murph who first started out as a customer, and then became a great knowledge tree and friend.
Last year the tree created one solitary apple. The apple was the size of my thumb. I tried to get vickie to eat it, but it was just too small (about the size of a strawberry).

This is another photo of tree-giver Vickie.Photo of Vickie Murph standing next to a photo of Clark County Municipal Court Judge Trempe

Thanks Vickie!

As for liquids around here, there is only water. No drinks arrive from any store or vendor, so everything has to be made from scratch.

One of the best treats has been to take certain of the produce from the garden to create these awesome drinks that stay cold for many hours. Sliced and frozen, cucumbers are a great addition to smoothies (just add honey, kale, and water). The frozen cucumber slices quickly thaw in the blender and infuse much easier after having been frozen (for whatever reason). The process here has been to prepare 5 or 6 Mason Jars at a time, filling them only about 3/4 of the way full, and then dropping them in the freezer for later enjoyment.

After they are frozen, one is opened and water or juice added to the top. The iced drink lasts all day by setting the canning jar that contains the drink on the concrete when not drinking.

Another neat twist to the drink is to not clean the blender after making peanut butter. Prepare the drink of honey, water, and cucumber and any spices that are desired directly following the peanut butter blend. Apparently the oils from the peanuts turn the cucumber drink into a milky treat!

Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Well God knocked over the greenhouse. The wind was so strong that it also took out the cabana on one of the porches and blew down branches and made one tarp disappear. The security camera showed that I removed a tarp that covered the tractor and set the tarp next to the corner of the house. My eyes saw that part also.

What I did not know until later when playing back the video feeds, is how the tarp went straight up into the air past the view of the cameras. Where it went from there is anybody's guess.

Bye bye ill-placed greeenhouse.

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Here's a video of the greenhouse taking sabatical.

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February 2019

Although way too early to be starting kale indoors from seed, I became antsy and started anyway, this batch was sprouted in about 3 days.

The soil is 50% soil from the backyard and 50% used coffee grounds until further notice.

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It's not likely that my paltry grow-light will suffice till planting in Spring, so the sprouts will be used in cooking or a salad.

Worst-case scenario, I'l slam the sprouts in some soup.

As for the Catch-Basin project, it's already a success, there hasn't been one incident of the garden being underwater since it was dug (yet).

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Since there's a well already in place on the other side of the rear garage, the catch-basin can now be leveled-off and top soil added to cap it off. There's plenty of aggregate and slope to drain the garden and I'm certain there'll not be another issue with standing water in the garden.


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