Plans for 2006
Farmer Jeff and I have been ambitiously looking at the garden/farm to determine what we are going to attempt to complete this year.
We are going to have some work done on the house, specifically, making our dear little saggy 1946 house level...and shoring up the underside along with getting the house re-wired. We still have bare copper wire wrapped in electrical tape in a few of the rooms! When the electrical is done we will be able to run lights out to the outdoor kitchen AND the all important lights out to the chicken coop!
We are going to run more of our "Melitta Gold" paths around the yard. We started to excavate for one, but then it rained. Now all of our well-laid plans of having the pups with non-muddy feet went right out the door with the rain!
Farmer Jeff wants to build a 2 story dog house complete with individual porches and a dog look out! (I think Farmer Jeff secretly wants to be a carpenter!) He is also going to build another raised bed for herbs out in the far end of the yard.
Before any of the planting gets done, he will first need to re-build his mad scientist laboratory down in the flooded basement garage.(Last year's lab with the tomato babies)
I think that will be a project that he works on in the next few weeks, seeing that we have tomato seed packets starting to arrive!
In the near future, we will need to put an internal gate within the chicken pen/run for better access to Napoleon and his girls, Josephine and Elba. We, this Sunday, need to do a little more rat-proofing 'cause those nasty varmints are just gnawing into the coop. YUK!!!
We are trying a new kind of rat killer...some kind of yummy food that has corn oil in it...and apparently the corn oil interacts with the rats ability to absorb water...and they dehydrate...and die. Not poisonous to any other creature than rats and ground squirrels...and seeing as we don't have the squirrels...more for the rats. The little field mouse living out near the food will not be affected!!!
We are also talking about bringing in sod for the lawn. We are going to be hosting a wedding at the end of September...and want it to look spiffy!
I would like to fix up the rose garden and finally plant the Cecil Brunner tiny pink climbing rose and an Iceburg white climbing rose. We have a bench out in the rose garden that I will trellis these over. Perhaps Farmer Jeff can build a sweet pergola for me over the bench!