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Discussion in 'Canada' started by skibum69, Jun 21, 2017.
Those were not gladiolas they were geraniums. And yes I have a couple of lilac trees. I love the smell.
That's the kind of system we have at our school. Two tanks. But our pipes are cast iron.
Lucky you indeed.
Nice to see you pop up! The old pipe in the basement was cast and I replaced it not long ago. The pipe from the house to the tank is steel of some sort and the couple of places I've looked at it it still looks good. We think we're good to go for the foreseeable future. Nice that the covers are only under about a foot of soil so easy to get at when we need to pump which we will if we get to 6 toilets running into it.
Happy days. There was a large pile of dirt sitting in the foreground from when we installed the grey water tank. You saw the pics of what they did to get at all the septic issues. Now all of the pile of dirt and more went to fill in all the digging this week. Two issues solved at once.
6+ hours of raking got 6 or 7 wheel barrow loads of rocks out of the way. A little layer of topsoil should give us a smooth area to put down some grass seed. Septic problems don't get much easier than this! Gonna be a nice piece of lawn.
And of course I alternated with wandering around the flowers.
Devil's paintbrush coming on in the apple orchard.
And a few little cheery daisies.
There were a LOT of rocks to rake up, I should have taken a "pre" pic
I grow rocks, this pile mostly came out of the 6 2'x2'x2' holes I dug for the greenhouse. There's another pile of rocks behind it. Digging here is so much fun.
After the raking it was time for topsoil. The missus had a tandem load of topsoil delivered a few years ago, we've been chipping away at it for various garden beds. Even though it is now totally infested with gout weed it's still good soil.
18 wheel barrow loads later, the rocks went downphill, the topsoil went uphill. Yay.
Now all I need is grass seed ASAP to keep it ahead of the gout weed.
All in all we're very happy with the easy septic fix and the final result in the back yard. Looking forward to having a nice expanse of lawn now that all the growth around those 2 little trees has also been cleaned out. It will help make up for all the lawn I gave to the missus for her garden beds.
Ok, so I've gone on about the flowers. The missus gives me shit because I like the flowers so much and what she's worried about is growing food. I figure to do a little tour of that. This is the front yard.
We built this bed last year and this year it has Brussel sprouts, carrots, rutabagas, sunflowers, nasturtiums, beets and in front a horseradish we're trying to resurrect. And I'm sure things I forget.
The cover is off now that they're big, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, bock choy gone to seed already. In the little front one dill, onions and garlic.
In the new garden bed she made this spring are potatoes covered in 2 layers of kelp and grass clippings. Onions and summer savoury.
We've been eating green out of the garden for months, many tasty salads and more.
We called ours Comox potatoes.
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"God created the continents in 6 days and on the 7th he threw rocks at Newfoundland"
The rocks are handy for the little walls and paths. Here is the herb garden backed on by the fire pit. We added the little path running through it and the Little rock bed on the back part of the herb garden.
What's in it? Kind of left to right is bloody dock, the little purple flowers you see across is a ground thyme the has been spreading over the path, chives, foxglove, alyssum not blooming yet, 2 types of oregano, more chives, calendula, buttercups in back, more foxglove in back around our little copper beech tree. In the little back bed is chard gone to seed with some columbines and foxglove. And of course other stuff I don't remember.
Are you sick of flowers yet? Good 'cause I'm not either...
This rose bush has the nicest smelling flowers you can imagine.
we have a few weigela
the snowball tree is doing its thing
my one blooming lilac is on its way out
clumps of devil's paintbrush
I told you I love this stuff right? This is why we wait to mow the apple orchard.
The missus makes things like this little petunia guy to keep my company in my outdoor shower, where are his eyes?
Soooo..as I said there was another little project I got working on awhile ago.
What have we here?
It fits in a funny kind of way.
Insulated and covered with hardware cloth...hmmmm.
That's going to look nice dressed in larch.
What might this be?
5 new girls to give us eggs!
They're not quite old enough to lay but they're close. This is all new for us but hopefully it all goes well.
Chicken manure, yes!
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Yup, the missus is pretty excited about adding it to her compost. She now has garden bards with 1, 2 and 3 year old soil, the difference is incredible.
Yesterday I got out the chainsaw and cleaned up some blow down and used the wood to whip up a quick and dirty catico for the little beasts. It's 8'x10' with enough room for us to hang out in there and easy access from the basement. We'll probably put in a cat door one day.
the lads were checking it out
Charlie is interested
Endless entertainment watching the chickens
That last one is like a Gary Larson cartoon
The chickens look up when the cats meow.
The lads are chillin' checking out their bespoke catico
I know you all don't care but I couldn't resist.
I can't make out the compost bin/area in your photos.....is it tucked out of sight?
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I'll try to put a pic up of that area for you tomorrow. The missus typically has piles of one/two/three year compost going so she has a fairly constant supply to feed her beds that also are in multi year stages developing the soil. She tells me it takes at least 3 years to make good soil.