Garden – Little Tassie Prepper

Are Sweet Chestnut trees a good fit for a small property?

Are chestnuts a good fit for a small property?  I had originally thought so, when I planted three sweet chestnut trees a couple of years ago.  One of these was actually planted over the grave of my old, much loved dog, Morleigh.  That tree was placed in a great located in my back yard.  The Read more about Are Sweet Chestnut trees a good fit for a small property?[…]

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Last weekend I have made an effort, between my normal chores and preparing a couple of Roosters for our dinners, to work in the garden.  The weather hasn’t been the greatest, with a high amount of rainfall and very cold nights, so I have been forced to focus on things close to home. I do Read more about “While we are postponing, life speeds by.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca[…]

“You can always tell when the groove is working or not.” – Prince

Almost 9 months ago I placed a bag of walnuts within my refrigerator.  These were a gift from a friend who had collected them from his own walnut tree.  I decided to place them into my fridge to try to cause them to sprout.  I had read that placing them into the cold of the Read more about “You can always tell when the groove is working or not.” – Prince[…]

“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.” – Jessamyn West

I spent a lot of time in the garden this weekend, tending to some end of season plants.  I wrote about the amount of food I have produced in the garden in my post from March.  Now is the time to plant some seeds for the winter, as well as a little more harvesting.  The Read more about “The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.” – Jessamyn West[…]

“From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.” – Franz Kafka

The Mead I started last week has been quietly bubbling away in a cupboard.  I have not done much, apart from admire it and smell the aroma coming from within.  It already smells wonderful, with the smell of alcohol mixed with the sweetness of the honey and the tang of orange.  From my instructions, I Read more about “From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.” – Franz Kafka[…]

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Apart from the large one I have produced, I am also getting lots of smaller and tasty zucchini. In addition, lettuce is growing well, and it looks like my potatoes are getting close to harvest time. My corn are growing and I am amazed at the height of the plants. Each one is showing the Read more about “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin[…]

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

On the weekend I made my own yogurt.  Kitty bought me an EasiYo Yogurt maker, which was something I had mentioned I was interested in trying.  While the packets that accompany the product seemed like they would make OK yogurt, I was more interested in using the thermos properties of the product to make yogurt Read more about “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote[…]

“Christmas is, of course, the time to be home…” – Garry Moore

We have had a bit of a relaxing time this week with Christmas on Friday, and the celebration continuing throughout the weekend.  I have done little around the property, due to spending time relaxing with the family, and if I was being honest I may have taken a few steps backwards. I know that I Read more about “Christmas is, of course, the time to be home…” – Garry Moore[…]

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” – John Wooden

It has been almost 10 days since I started my little experiment in growing beans with a variety of liquids.  I am sad to say that it appears that none of the beans have sprouted.  I am not sure why this has happened… it could be related to the bean seeds, they were on the Read more about “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” – John Wooden[…]

“Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.” – Steve Albini

I have a bit of a problem.  I have various liquids that I can add to my plants to help them grow, such as: Seasol Compost Tea Worm Tea Water The problem is, I don’t know which would be best.  I decided that I needed to run a little experiment to decide what would be Read more about “Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.” – Steve Albini[…]