The Farm Report
We have Bald Eagles at Oakdale Farm! They are HUGE, and magnificent birds. Actually, for a bird that was nearly extinct when I was a boy, we have a LOT of 'em now.
You've seen all this before, but I keep wanting to be warm, and this is how the cycle flows out here at Oakdale Farm. I love the exercise. I love being able to 'grow' my own heat. I love being out in the woods.
One of the perfect things about the Bumble Bee is that it will flip over and dump! No offloading firewood by hand for me.
Here's what it looks like from the other side. I just pull one little pin and FLIP over goes the box. Then I drive away and go get more.
This was our day's work. Actually it was our afternoon's work. We don't hit anything too hard anymore. I'm an old retired guy remember.
Well, Annie Oakley isn't retired yet. She had to run every trip with every log with every Ranger Ride with every time a bird made a noise in the woods. I've never seen Annie so tired! It was great.
If you didn't know better, you'd say she was 'dead' tired. She just collapsed! Of course, after a 30 minute nap, she was ready to get back at it.
Remember the rose cuttings I stuck a few weeks ago? (December 6 to be exact.) They have been sitting in a tub of diatomaceous earth with a heat mat underneath it. I'm a guy, so I had to pull one out to check. Bingo! We have roots.
I've been out collecting 'tops' for the project, too. Correctly, they are called 'scions.' Scions are the good fruit you want to grow on top of the root stock down below.
I'm also trying to direct root some of the scion wood.
Labeling is super important when you do this!!!!!!
Again, I scuff up the bark so the stick thinks it needs to heel itself. I soak the cut parts overnight in a growth hormone solution. You probably don't really need to do that, but hey! Any help I can get, I take it.
Same song, different verse. Stuck in DE and LABELED!
This is one way I label things when I need to be sure the label won't wash off or fade away. I write on aluminum with a ball point pen and a firm hand.
Here is that label from the other side. Yep! It is just a Mountain Dew can cut into strips. I use a paper punch to make a hole for the twine. Easy-peasy.
I'm using old plastic coffee cans here. I filled them with DE, and added the labeled stick bundles after dipping them (overnight soaking them, really) in rooting hormone solution.
Just to make sure they have water, but don't drown in it, I like to drill a little drainage hole about an inch and a half up on the side of the can.
Things were getting out of hand in the shop, so I decided to 'repurpose' this little scaffold and make it a potting station. Major overkill, but I had it and.....
Remember those daffodil bulbs I started forcing back in November? Well, here is one pot of 'em. Right about now is when I get spring fever and need to see some flowers. Forcing bulbs is so easy and so much fun.
"Tim. It's January and it's cold outside. Couldn't we just stay here and sleep in today?" Well, no Annie, we can't.