Category Archives: Farming

Oh what a foggy cold morning. 

The foliage is definitely changing to its beautiful palette of fall plumage. Mother Earth is sure using her full array of coloured pencils. 🍁🍂❤

All my garden plants that were left in the garden were covered in ice droplets. 

❤D

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Mmmmm…my Amaryllis!


My youngest sister gave my an Amaryllis bulb for Christmas that was supposed to end up white with red edges. Hmmm…nope. No white except one little stripe down the middle of the petal. So far only one flower spike has bloomed. The second flower spike is slowly growing along with a leaf!

I can’t wait for the next set of blooms and greenery. 🌺🌱

❤D

Treats for 4 legged friends.

Milena who is 9 and horse-crazy…heck animal-crazy…decided she wanted to do something special for all her Horse and Pony friends in our small neighborhood.

I asked my Sister-in-law, who owns horses, what recipe we should use and what was good and not good to give to horses. I know crazy horse people can be very picky about what they give their horses. Which is totally understandable. So she said as long as we omit sugar we would be good to go.

So, I searched the internet for a horsey treat recipe…Who the heck knew there were so many……..ugh! I made up my own recipe out of all the others as they were all similar. ON the 22nd of December Milena set to work on the Horse treats.

Horse Treats
(45 treats depending on size.)
1/2c Rolled oats
1/2c Quick oats
1/2-3/4c unsweetened Applesauce
1/2c or one large carrot, finely grated
1/2c whole wheat flour
1 apple, finely chopped
some molasses to get desired texture.
1) Preheat oven @ 350*f. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or mat.
2) mix all ingredients together. I added the molasses at the end to get to a good sticky texture.
3) We used a tbsp scoop and rolled the mixture into balls with our hands.
4) Place on cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 mins or until set.

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Milena mixed and divided up the mixture.

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Finished treats

Milena had 3 Icleandic Ponies at D&A’s. 2 large horses(quarter horses? I’m not up on all the horses out there.)at J&T’s and 2 more horses at our Dutch Mennonite Neighbors behind us. She had enough treats to put 9 treats for each horse into separate baggies. She then put them in pretty gift bags for each house.

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Off to deliver treats…

I walked her to the D&A’s, Milena’s favourites…3 Icelandic Ponies that graze in the field across from our yard all summer. 🙂 D happened to be driving his big backhoe into his yard at the time. He helps plow out a lot of the neighbors driveways around us. He was so amazed that Milena would do such a wonderful thing for their Ponies. He let her give them 3 treats each right then and there. Oh my heart swelled for her. I was literally crying with excitement for Milena. She is like me…finds it hard to make human friends. So to be able to give her Pony friends a Yule treat was so awesome!

While we were standing there waiting for her to give out her treats, the next neighbor T and her grown daughter ended up walking by. I ran over and explained that Milena had made these treats and blah blah blah. T was just as surprised that Milena had done such a nice thing. She sent her daughter over later with a Christmas Thank you card and a Candy cane for both girls.

We decided to wait until the next day to deliver our Mennonite neighbors treats. Milena was feeling overwhelmed and cold.

As we walked into our driveway, our neighbor D, showed up with his quad and snowplow attachment. He said he wanted to plow our driveway as a thank you for the gift. How awesome is that?

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D plowing our driveway

What a wonderful experience for Milena.

❤ D

Frosty

November 2nd 2016 10:45am -3c ….late posting as normal.

A bit from my wander outside….enjoy!

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Sun is finally hitting our yard.

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Poplar bud

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Poplar leaf

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Crunchy grass

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Raspberry leaves

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Strawberry plant

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Frosted Daisy

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Daisies

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Comfery leaf

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Hoar frost on the driveway container.

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Yarrow leaves

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Frozen rain drop splash

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Frozen rain drop splash

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Sedum seed pods

The Frozen rain drop splash and frozen Daisy are my ultimate favourite.

<D

Around the farm

The snow has melted on our “farm” for now. It is +4c and rainy with intermittent sunshine. The snow will return shortly. So yesterday I spent an hour outside wandering around taking photos….

Enjoy!

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Strawberries

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Winter Savory

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A Deer had a midnight snack of Swiss Chard.

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Someone lost their lunch. Hidden 5 feet in a Pine Tree.

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Orange-foot Clandonia Lichen

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Cottontail Coral Lichen

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Lichen mix

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…more Lichen

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Poplar…trying to catch the different colours in the wood

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Our pasture. It looks smaller than it is…and neighbors house. 🙂

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1st house on this property.

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Late Blooming Viola

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Tarragon is still blooming.

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My larch tree is losing her needles

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Larch needles

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Wild Gooseberry

❤ D

Garden Progress

Here is my pride and joy …

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We doubled the greenhouse( new portion is where the gutter ends) Things are growing well…

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Potato patch…It has grown a lot more since this picture.

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Aparagus bed. I added more tomatoes 2 days ago on the otherside.

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Squashes and popcorn(the plants are now over the hoops)

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Cauliflower

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Broccoli

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Red and green cabbage

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Two types of spinach. I harvested 3 times already off the plants closest to you.

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Peas and lettuce

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Pinto (closest) and Jacob’s Cattle beans

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L-R: Kholrabi, and two different beets

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Radishes and carrots

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Stringless beans

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2 types of Swiss Chard

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Broom Corn

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Turnips and leeks

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Red and white onions

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2 types of Kale and 2 types of Dill

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Sorrel and perrenial green onions

I hope you enjoyed my garden tour. Updates soon as the garden is growing like crazy!

I am also fighting a battle with Flea Beetle. Got to love the challenges of a first years garden.

❤ Drisana

Greenhouse is growing

Bill finally had sometime and the finally all the materials to get the addition to the greenhouse started. YAY!

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Cutting the lumber and putting the jigsaw together. He is my own personal carpenter/builder. ❤

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Wall panel #1 done and waiting

While Bill got the wall panels built and the roof rafter done I cleaned up my crazy mess. Then because our land is on a slow angle down to the house we had to lift and level and lift and level until the walls were even with the first greenhouse.

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Wall #1 up. A lot of lift and leveling. 😀

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Walls up and roof rafters going up…Yes I did help. I took photos when I could. 😛

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Looking good!

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Tada!

I had to go pick up Seren from her job so I did get photos of the front (door) going up. Plenty of time as we still have to get the plastic on and the corrugated panels up on the roof yet. Next year we plan on putting the walls in Corrugated paneling too. It will last longer in our cold climate than the 6mil Vapour barrier. First to save up.

Bill will build the beds too but I won’t plant in them this year. I’ll use the area for my potted extras and storage for my potting stuff for now.

❤ Drisana