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  1. DThille

    Well, that's one way to clear sinuses....

    Well, today was the day. Actually, it did start yesterday. As I wanted to prepare a spot to plant garlic I needed to dig up some of the horseradish here in the city. Then today, we were out to the country where there was another bunch. After digging in the country, I redistributed some roots...
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    Today in the country

    I just wanted to share a quick update from our acreage. We've recently had significant rain (finally) which really greened things up. It didn't do anything to help the farmers who have begun harvest though...a bit of too little too late. The sea buckthorn look nice from a distance, but the...
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    Recommend Stuffed Zucchini

    Watching YouTube on TV a while back, a dish from Spain on a Fork was recommended...that got us watching him a bit, and this Spanish stuffed zucchini looked interesting. We still have two young adults here at home...one doesn't like cheese, the other doesn't care for zucchini, so I made it for...
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    Question What's Your Favourite Tool?

    It occurred to me to ask after being at the country property today. What I'm thinking is to get everyone to list their favourite tool...not necessarily the most effective nor safest nor most used - which one do you have the most fun using or get the most joy out of using? To go first, I have a...
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    Garden update

    I thought I’d provide a bit of an update. We’ve had some record heat here in the middle of Canada and farmers are getting very concerned about the dry conditions (chance of showers today is all the precipitation we have in the forecast). She Who Must Be Obeyed has taken to a daily morning...
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    This radish is something else

    Here we have a French Breakfast radish. I prefer these over the globe ones since I typically get more radish for the space. Anyway, they were a bit slow to get started this year, and the heat is starting to promote bolting. I pulled this one the other day and I’ve never seen a rood like this...
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    Diet Change showing results

    In late April / early May, I took in part of the Food Revolution Summit (from FoodRevolution.org). I was inspired to make some changes. Now, I’m not prepared to go the vegan route (I think that if vitamin B12 is necessary and our only primary source is from animal products, the logical...
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    A Blooming Good Day

    Yesterday I was at our country place and was pleased to see the 16 cherry trees in bloom as well as the sturdiest apple tree and a few Saskatoon berry plants. I didn't look closely enough to see whether the currants were in flower or past that stage (not a dramatic bloom). I also positively...
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    Horseradish

    You can’t kill this stuff. I’m grateful for that. I remember growing up, one day out picking berries with my father (likely what we call Saskatoon berries...Amelanchier alnifolia), my father stopped as he saw horseradish growing in an old abandoned farmyard. That’s when I learned a bit...
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    First Rhubarb crisp of the year

    We had a lovely day today, getting to 26 C according to Environment Canada with a mix of sun and cloud. Aside from a bit of puttering in the raised beds (transplanted kale plants today), I elected to cut the grass. In that process, I noted that the rhubarb in front of the house was looking...
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    I know what I’ll be doing this weekend...

    This shipment arrived today. Based on my schedule I guess it will be Sunday that I take them out to the acreage for planting. Things are still a bit cool here (in the 10 C / 50 F range), but our typical last frost is about 2-3 weeks away so we are gearing up. She Who Must Be Obeyed is off...
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    Exciting Australian Wine Find

    Today was a wonderful day...my favourite wine store delivered to the house. They do sets of either “cottage cases” for summer or “holiday cases” to cover the Christmas season. Anyway, I was putting away the bottles (into the wine rack...) and I made a point of looking at each label. Among the...
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    Wood chip mulch

    It didn’t occur to me to take an image of the ”before” pile. We get a lot of wind, so there’s often enough downed branches and trees that aren’t part of a “forest” have a tough life on the Manitoba prairie. Anyway, yesterday was a beautiful day to be out at our acreage (sunny, about 15 degrees...
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    Resource for gardening, particularly cold locales

    I’ve recently been reintroduced to the horticulture department of my alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan. There’s a great gardening resource at Gardening.usask.ca - they’ve also got a YouTube channel by the same name. The department has a considerable history with prairie fruit...
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    Question How Long Do Seeds Remain Viable?

    I know that would be a rather open question depending on plant, conditions, and such. We have a bunch of vegetable (and perhaps some herbs) seeds that we brought in from our country property today. The days are getting longer and things are warming up (about -20C today ). Depending on...
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    Fermentation Christmas

    I got this for my wife for Christmas. I hope I’m not in too much trouble. We were somewhat intrigued with Mark’s video when he did the tomatoes. I enjoy sauerkraut, but I’m pretty much the only one in the house. At any rate, this is something we haven’t done. We’ve done some pickling and...
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    Favourite Garden Catalogue Arrived

    Yay! The annual catalogue from T & T Seeds Arrived earlier this week. The small joys in life. I almost immediately went through the fruit section, making note of what I can add to the orchard easily without reclaiming more of the farm. Then, with the new raised beds set up, I went through...
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    Birding

    I don’t know how much interest there is in birding among this group, but thought I’d test the waters. We are not really birders, but do enjoy observing, photographing, and identifying birds. After getting our country property in 2008, which had a bird feeder outside the big dining room window...
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    Strong like bull, smart like tractor

    We purchased our country property in 2008. In total, it’s a little over 7 acres, but about half of it is presently farmed. We’ve taken back a bit, but haven’t expanded for a few years now (we just let the farmer know / mark off so they don’t fertilize / seed after harvest is done when we want...
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    New Garden Beds (inspired by Mark)

    As I mentioned in my introduction, we discovered Self Sufficient Me on YouTube earlier this year after watching Sunday mass there. We really liked the raised beds Mark uses and one day I decided to search "raised garden beds Canada" and found something very much like what Mark uses. So, we...
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