You'll have to forgive me for being late... we had an early delivery last week and life has been a little more exciting lately!
Things have been amazingly crazy this month. My youngest, roughly 18months old, spent some time in the hospital last month and this month they spent a good bit of time trying to figure out what was wrong with him. After being poked too many times and multiple trips to the hospital (an hour away), they don't really know what happened to him or why his blood counts were way low (Red cells, white cells, bone marrow cells, etc). But after coming out of the hospital, we have now invested some $'s in essential oils as well as Manuka Honey for his staph infection on his leg, skin level.
Around the farm
(I just like to say that... it may not be a true farm yet, but the property does have a farm number!) In addition to medial issues, I've been trying my hand at some plant propagation. I started with what I had on hand.... box wood, lavender, bush cherry, burning bush and a few others. I'll save you the wonder and let you know that, so far, it's not working... is March too early to start in zone 5b? Anyway, here's some pic's...
|Hansen's Bush Cherry... before taking a cutting|
|Scraping off some bark...|
|I know, you shouldn't do it this way... you should pour it into another container and brush it on...|
|Here was to high hopes... but it just didn't work out.|
It didn't work out, with the exception of the boxwood cuttings... they are still alive. I should note that I put a plastic bag over each pot to keep the humidity up... but perhaps they just go too hot? We'll see what happens... maybe next time I'll try out a technique called "Air Layering".
The Bunk Bed...
So not too long ago I mentioned an expanding effort taking place in our home as well... well it's not too far away and I'm not quite done with the bunk beds. At this point I just need to put some slats across and throw the mattresses on top... sort of. Anyway, here they are a few days go...
(UPDATE: I hate it when I don't measure twice and cut once... in this case, my mattress from high school must have been a tall single mattress, as it does not fit. A new on is on order...)
|The glue is still drying...|
Grafting Fruit onto a junk treeDo you know what a Bradford Pear tree is? Anybody? Well you can look it up here.
|Here is the fruit from a Bradford Pear... about the size of a marble.|
My neighbors had them growing up and they always stunk like dead fish in the spring. They look pretty, I guess, in the spring when they put out all those white blossoms... but they don't produce any fruit. If you live in the suburban utopia of keeping things nice and tidy, I suppose that's good... in a weird kind of way. But I live in the country, my third child is on it's way and the first two combined eat more than I do! (Did I mention they are 1-1/2 and 3-1/2 years old?) All that to say, I can't afford to have worthless tree's hanging out when I can make them do some work! (Kind of like having kids, eh?)
|This one looks like it took! Woohoo!|
Around the beginning of April I drove past my hunting spot on the way home from work and stopped to take some cuttings off the pear tree at the end of the hedge row. Then I came home and, with the help of my box cutter, some Teflon (pipe thread sealing) tape, a roll of masking tape, and the knowledge garnered from watching The Hollistic Orchard DVD, I proceeded to make some grafts. I'm quite excited to see that it appears as though they were a success! Maybe I didn't need to buy that grafting knife after all...
The Bradford Pear is a pear tree that was bread (breeding via cross pollination) to NOT PRODUCE FRUIT (because food growing on a tree is known to many people as an eye sore or more work to clean up in their perfectly manicured lawn). All I did was take a cutting from a tree that does grow food and stuck it on the trunk of one that doesn't... and walla, a worthless tree is made worthy of keeping around!
It's that time of year again! Unfortunately with all that has been going on I got my order in a little late. This year we won't be getting our little birds in the mail till the first of July... and even then I could only get hens. They are smaller birds, so they may eat less but there will also be less eating at the end of process...
|Last years Red Rangers|