I'm curious as to what your weekly projects are.
I'm blessed to have a job as a welder/metal fabricator, but I find myself thinking of gardening, yardwork, and my chickens while at work. I work 37-40 hours a week. (7am-4pm) I usually wake and get up about 3:45-4:15am. I like to sit and read e-mails and look stuff up on the internet for a while. About 5:30 I start feeding the chickens, dogs, and cats as well as watering the garden. After that I make breakfast and make my lunch for the day. I usually leave for work at 6:45. Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the only "weekdays" that I don't have a commitment at night. Tuesdays is band practice and Wednesdays is church. Saturdays are the only complete day I have to do stuff. Sunday mornings are devoted to church activities.
I say all that to give a little context as to my schedule and time.
This Saturday I'll be tilling and planting, cleaning the chicken coop, burning fallen limbs, and some other mild things.
Tonight I'll water for about an hour, an hour in the morning, and an hour tomorrow evening. The reason for this is we are still hitting temps close to 100 degrees and we've only had about a quarter inch of rain since the 3rd week of July. I would like the soil on the softer side. In some spots of my back yard there are cracks in the ground almost an inch wide.
My wife mentioned she wants to plant strawberries in the spring. If anyone knows anything about planting strawberries give me a shout.
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I guess my schedule is similar to yours in some ways. I work Sunday morning real early (changing the grocery store Sunday ad) then church, then make dinner and garden til dark. I go to bed late so I do a lot in the house after dark. I work Monday then get groceries, make dinner, so stuff in the house. Tuesday I work at the garden, packing CSA day, then church. Wednesday another garden work day. Then after dinner I bake and prep for market. Thursday is 6AM to 8:30PM prepping, going to and unloading for market. Then pay bills and write my newsletter. Friday is garden work, pack CSAs, dinner and another evening to do stuff in the house. Saturday is church activities, house cleaning and so on mostly.
I have been busy canning, drying and freezing plus prepping for a big trip. Lots to do!
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Central Minnesota Zone 4
jwburrel, now I will have to stop whining about getting up so early! I get to work at home, so my daily schedule looks like
5:00 - wake up, computer time, spinning (wool) or other wool crafts
6:30 - start work
7:30 - feed the animals
5:00 - try to stop work, feed the animals
6:00 - gardening, clean the hen house, visit with the critters, misc home chores
8:15 - watch an episode of Sopranos with my husband
9:00 - fall asleep
During the summer and fall, tucked in there are things like canning, dehydrating. And then on weekends I tackle the bigger projects, processing dried herbs, beekeeping tasks, endless horse, sheep and chicken projects (I am constantly remodeling their living quarters), cleaning, property and fence maintenance, repairing anything that has broken during the week. Once or twice a month I have a full day spent doing spinning demonstrations at local events. And a couple of times a month I have a weekend devoted to work things that cannot be done during the week (I manage IT - some things can only be done when users are not on the system).
I can't wait to retire so I can just live my life and get rid of that 60+ hour commitment to earning enough money so I can live my life....
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North Carolina - Zone 7a
So after work today I got some materials for this weekends projects,
[NOTE: Photos were not linked correctly, I had to remove the big empty space holders. --Steve]
Several palettes for starting my chicken pen expansion (free), about 28 gallons of manure from the local livestock vet (free), and some river bottom sand about the consistency of cat liter to add to the soil in the garden. My soil is very clay-like.
After unloading all the materials and picking up a small tiller I thought I'd get an early start tilling. While doing the tilling I went ahead and tilled up some more garden space. I expanded to about a 25' X 12'...
My wife and I are already talking about the spring garden. We've decided on adding strawberries, onions and potatoes. The little tiller you see in the picture is quite a workhorse and light enough my wife can handle it...
After tilling and getting the sand, I started to spread the sand around and some kind of flying, stinging thing started "attacking" me. I don't know where it came from, what I did to make it mad, or even what it was because I was flailing my arms around swatting. I decided to go in before I got stung.
I'm excited for tomorrow and the good work ahead. Plus my wife and I are gonna check out a farmers market I just found out about this morning.
So I got the sand and manure all tilled in this morning. Ready for seeds. I love the smell of manure in the morning.
I really don't want to be a wet blanket, but your manure shouldn't smell. If it hasn't been composted for a bare minimum of 6 months (a year would be better), it's not safe to plant in.
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Zone 7a, Culpeper, Virginia
Thanks for the info. That's part of the joys of gardening. Truth be told 90% of the manure I put in had no smell, I did however put in some fresh, out of the stall manure, but I know the area I put it in. I guess I can just not plant there. I wonder if I could put some potash down for some neutralization?
Anyways, I love learning new stuff. My mother was telling me that my great grandfather would put fresh manure straight on his plants. She said she remembers him having the biggest and best strawberries she'd ever seen.
From what I understand, strawberries are best planted in the fall, but I could be wrong. Check it out.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 16 little gardeners: what a harvest!
Zone 7a, Far Rockaway, New York
Is it just me, or is anyone else unable to see jwburrell's photos? You know how much I like to ogle other people's gardens, and all I see is a Red X either in email or on the website, and when I click the link, I get
The page you requested is not available. Reference ID: 53791145532637409[-1371202990]18.2.b23.1924165-db050.ps003
And I know what you mean about the smell of manure. I normally like it - my manure pile has multiple "heaps", the new stuff, the old stuff, and the really old stuff. So while the really old stuff smells like dirt, it is next to the new stuff and the whole area has that nice smell.
I will say that this year, with the rain, I have become thoroughly disgusted with all forms of animal manure and would like to be done with it completely. Yesterday saw the cleaning of the sheep pens, and saw me covered in sheep shi** from head to toe. Not such a happy manure camper at that point...
I can't see the photos either.
there are several reasons why you don't use raw manure. Pathogens, parasites, e-coli and other nasties are still present in mammal waste.
ugh...yuck. although you know the area where you put it...when you water you will be transfering it all around...on your hands, tools etc.
Compost tea should not be used on root veggies 3 months before harvest.
You can wind up getting very sick.
Add the burning of your plants, and you can see why it's just not a good idea.
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Spring is the perfect time to plant new strawberry plants. I'm zone 7a.
I've planted in the fall before but they always do better here in the spring.
zone 7b - Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay area
I can't see the photos either, just a black X and that it's from an iphone. If I click on it I get a black box that says "loading" but it never does and I had to get out of the site to get rid of it.
Potash will not neutralize pathogens (disease causing organisms) so do not plant in fresh manure unless you want to risk getting sick.
Zone 7b Southeastern PA
The photos are missing because he did it wrong! I can't fix these because the links don't point to anything I can work with. I sent him a note, he has not seen it or chose not to reply.
I didn't want to just delete the giant empty spaces but I guess I should.
Did it wrong? Well, I wouldn't really blame the poster. He unfortunately joined during this forum armageddon. I'm surprised he's stuck around at all.
Yea, I screwed up when I tried to post the photos. Sorry it took a while to get back on this. I'll post them again.
Again I'm sorry about the photo screw up....
This is the photo of materials for the weekend projects...
The picture below is after I pulled the old bean plants and tilled. The part of the garden opposite where the chickens are is gonna be for next spring. That's also the tiller I was talking about being quite a little power house.
Where exactly are these photos when you add them? On your desktop? The code I see shows "inlineImage/true/garden%20001.jpg" and that % mark in the photo name is a sign of a desktop photo, Spaces are not a good idea in a file name.
My email address is email@example.com. I invite tou to send me ONE of your photos that failed here, let me see it and try to post it. Just to figure out what's going wrong.
so I've already started thinking of the yard work that be done this weekend. Cutting grass, edging, trimming shrubs, the usual yard work stuff. I think I might do some more burning.
I talked with my local Ag extension guy today about putting the manure on the garden. He's a great guy and very knowledgeable. He suggested to just go ahead and put a cover crop or spread hay down. He gave me a few other suggestions and said come next February we'll test the soil and go from there....
I have to ask, what is the situation that your local livestock vet has manure? Does he have a holding area where he treats/boards sick animals? Just curious.
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He does have a holding area yes. I had thought about the fact of the manure coming from a sick animal. I wouldn't want to use that. I spoke with the local Ag guy yesterday and he answered several questions I had about soil, using manure, and the like. For now I'm just gonna plant a cover crop or just put hay down and prepare for next spring. In the meantime I'm gonna ask some rancher friends about what they feed their livestock and try to find a good source on where to find some manure that I can trust.
JW, I hope that you understand that ALL manure contains pathogens that can potentially make humans sick even if it is from healthy animals. It is just the nature of animals to have bacteria in their intestines.
As long as you compost the manure before using it, or bury it in the garden soil for several months before planting, then it will be fine.
I am not against using manure. In fact I use chicken and some horse manure in my compost pile. It is safe as long as you follow the guidelines for planting and don't use fresh, unaged manure from ANY source, even healthy animals.
However, it is ALWAYS unsafe to use manure from dogs or cats even if it is aged so don't do that.
Gardening at 5000 ft. elevation in Northern Utah Zone 5
Have a great gardening day!
This past two weeks i've been working on the backyard sidewalk. I have left over stone and brick and I've been trying to keep costs at zero plus sweat. It's my way of keeping the mud from the 4 dogs outside.
i fixed the wooden bi-fold doors to the front hall closet with a bolt and washer and those doors have been driving us crazy for years. So that was satisfying to say the least. Even got a "now that was a creative solution" from DH.
Reinforced the ckn wire around the garden fence to keep out my groundhog.
even got some string beans that he didn't.
Oh yes, I completely understand.
I'm late to the party, but I'll jump in.I moved this year, so we had to build a new garden (which we couldn't start until early August), so I fell out of my gardening routine. My work/commute time is also different now, but I imagine it will look a little something like this:5:45 a.m. wake up (I really don't want to wake up any earlier than this, but if morning watering is a necessity then I might have to)
6:55 a.m. leave for work8:00 a.m. work
4:30 p.m. drive home5:30 p.m. make dinner
6:30 p.m. project time (watering, planting, etc)
8:00 p.m. chill out time!
10:00 p.m. bedI'm working on my dissertation, so depending on what I have to do evenings and weekends may have to be spent on school rather than gardening.