Tuesday, March 8, 2011

the latest

Goodbye ice.

The hive on the left didn't make it through the winter. Same thing last year. The bees on the right are on a sugar supplemented diet now (late winter) so that the colony is buzzed and ready to go when the big maple bloom occurs.

The three big nectar flows of the year for honey bees (non-native) in WEsTern Washington are maple, then blackberry (non-native) then knotweed (non-native).

the new dog, the old dog. Lucy, our new addition is a mouse chomping and swallowing feign. Interesting to hear the bones crunch. Australian shephard.

GBH, griev...great brittain hard co....blue heron

fancy yellow feet

Our new hangout.

The new park acquisition. Not bad.

New sighting on the farm: twice we saw this flock of 10 evening grosbeaks drinking from the pond and socializing. No feeding observed.

A greenhouse installation, step 1

The day began with snow and frozen ground, and though the sun was good for the soul, it quickly turned our aberrant hope of firm soil into the honest to earth truth that we were pouring foundations into clay dominated mud.

After a year of side room talk and out-there half thoughts, it was great to see the structure take form. From here, it looks rather straight and even, and maybe it was. A week later when we returned to add bracing and the overhead purlins it wasn't so straight. But the truth is, its only a greenhouse and sheet plastic bends really well.

Concrete and morass: discontinuity materialized

even though the soils were wet and concrete settling was unpredictable, the situation would have been worse without the dumpy level.

Also on tap for the day - our first attempt at the new cold frames. New editions coming soon.

Big Thanks go out to Melissa's Washington Conservation Corps crew and Gene for making this happen.


Jen performing the daily chore.

Onion sprouts emerging.

the onion flats

the evening task: tucking the plants in on cold nights. Before they sprout, warm soil conditions are the goal. Once sprouted certain veggies prefer cooler rather than warmer conditions. There is a fine line though: not too dry, not too moist. We end up turning the fan on them even on cold days in an attempt to limit "damping off."

The morning dew drops

Onions and flowers

Sunday morning.

furthering lactobacillus

Laying and taking

Jen taketh the hen's egg

The rains

Hmmm, we knew this hill slope was wet but didn't realize the house was in the path of this sheet flow.

deep freeze then rain equals sloppy mushy cabbage

Dockton Rd partially inundated