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Spring garden stuff

Today I cleaned and top dressed my garden boxes. The herb box had a bunch of early oregano and sage. The sage had just started to flower so I am a little late. I picked a bunch to dry. Last year I made a solar dehydrator it’s biggest benefit has been hang drying herbs. Saves tons of time! If you saw my dehydrator last year I added a black corrugated plate to increase the temperature. Others than that it stayed the same. It still needs a sunny day to get the job done, but it works faster now.

A fig tree in Erie

Burying the fig tree

One of my friends gave me 2 fig tree cuttings. They are cut from a mother fig tree growing in down town Erie. Understand Fig trees do not grow in Erie. It’s way too cold. I had never even had a fresh fig till he brought me one from the tree growing in the back yard of his future in-laws. Well possible future In-laws..he is dating their daughter, and she is Italian so if he is lucky….. Anyway, I have had my trees for about half a season and they already are producing Figs. Unfortunately the figs did not get a chance to mature before it got cold so I brought them in, but next year I should get a harvest. I wish I had taken some nicer pictures of them, but they are already put away in the garage for the winter. So it turns out they really can’t put the mother tree in the garage it’s just to big So, of course, they bury it in the garden each winter and resurrect it in the summer. Really you just can’t get around the overwhelming symbolic coolness of that. Now add to that they use cuttings to make new fig trees each year and give them away. You have a perfect example of what I love most about gardening, orchards, and foraging. It connects you to the earth then gives the chance to share out your abundance with others. My Papap and grandma had a garden as big as their yard could handle, and what I remember about it most is them sharing with neighbors and family. My friend was nice enough it take these pictures of them burying it this year.

The newspaper cups work way better then I thought they would. They hold moisture really well and are more sturdy then I would have through. I am actually a little worried about how well they will decompose. We also like that you can, more or less, pick your pot size. Anyway, now that I know they work. I am going to put the design for the seed cup mold up on Thingiverse for free download. Should be up this week. Not that it was complicated, but it will save you some time working out the right dimensions.

Pallet cold frames

Pallet cold frame.
So, I decided to use the pallet from my last post plus one more, and some rescued glass, to make up a cold frame. I printed out some clips for the glass just to make it easier. I have the glass for two more. This is my prototype. The chickens are on cleanup duty because it is still cold here. There was snow on the ground this morning. I hope to get the other 2 frames done so I can get a little jump start on the season.

Finlay set the garden boxes. The kids have been helping rights along, and working together (really, and I did not even bribe them). Hope to have them filled and planted in the next week or so. We are still getting hard frosts so I have a little time. The little tool is a paint can opener pounded down to a hook. It makes short work of binding chicken wire, and they give them free when you buy paint. I chicken wired the bottom of the boxes…. and I found a mushroom.