Did weekend chores today, cleaned all of the front windows of Cooper Cabin. That took about three hours. But now everything looks brighter and now they do the job of showing you what's on the other side rather than what the insect population consists of.
My other task today was hydrating the soil on the top of my garden patch. It was still hydrophobic and hasn't gotten any moisture through the thick mulch even with two days of rain.
I used 3 large tanks of water and set them on top of the berm to slowly trickle out. Then used a rosette nozzle on a watering can to hit spots I could see though the mulch. It is looking better but I think it will take a few days of this to see progress.
Nice easy day today, woke up at 8, got out of bed at 10.
Still some cool stuff to document.
First I got to pet Bear a bunch, he is getting more comfortable with me.
Then during my observation practice I realized an interesting way I can naturally tell exactly when it the temperature drops below 45 degrees. If I'm wearing a long sleeve shirt I'm warm enough until below 45 degrees upon which I'll begin to shiver. I thought it was an interesting observation.
Also practiced drawing the clouds.
While I was walking around looking for microclimates, I found what I think so a spinach plant coming up on it's own. I've got a picture, feel free to chime in.
Went to basecamp to see how my soil hydration efforts are going. I can stick my hand in and not feel any dry dirt, I like how its going.
Ended the day making some french toast and scrambled eggs for dinner.
[img]https://permies.com/t/157417/a/140324/thumb-MaybeSpinach.jpg caption="Looks like spinach to me"[ /img]
I think that might be French Sorrel! It's one of the first perennial veggies to pop up at my place, and has a nice lemony spinach flavor. My kids and I love snacking on it, and it's great in salads, tacos, etc!
Gardening day today, planted rhubarb and a whole bucket of potatoes. I've never worked with rhubarb before and I hope I split the big root mass well enough for all the pieces to survive.
I must have planted over 5lbs of potatoes. Watered them in and mulched them deeply. I really want to see how much we harvest compared to the amount planted.
I banged out the stone path to the greenhouse entrance, filled in the gaps with gravel, and brought the dirt on each side up to the right level. Glad that job is done.
As soon as I finished the path, Josiah had me start helping with the door frame. I've got to prep the rough opening, design the door and door frame, build it, and install it. I'm pretty excited to try my hand at it.
I've the bottom bit of the door frame shaved down to widen it and compensate for the wider space at the top. I picked out a log for a header. My next step is cutting notches for the header and prepping it for installation.
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