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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Winter Clean Up

Gourds, Luffas And Compost Upgrade

Winter Clean Up

The frost got all the vines.  Gourd, luffa and potato vines.  We haven't had a frost in a couple of years and haven't had temps this cold for about 5 years.  

We have many, many birdhouse gourds and many large and straight luffa gourds that we set out to dry after the vines died back.

The compost bins were built in about an hour, just framing up four wooden pallets and cutting the front pallet down some for easy reach.  Quick and dirty, but we think they look pretty good as well.  

Fig Shaped Gourd
The gourds and luffas will dry out, the luffas will get peeled in a few days and some time in the spring or summer the gourds will be used for crafting.  We have one particular gourd that is very fig shaped.  This one may just end up some kind of fig shaped box.  We have some leather dye that is supposed to make some excellent coloring on the gourd shell following proper drying.

I'll be making updates on this project, so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Winter Update

Rooting Multiple Fig Cuttings
Winter Updates

Not many posts have been made on the blog, because all the action has been happening on the fig tree page.

Over the last few months, many fig cuttings have been hoarded and several fig trees have been purchased.  We (the royal we) got involved in a couple of fig groups, such as What The Fig on FaceBook and the OurFigs private forum.  We have made many visits to the online auction forum FigBid to find reputable sources of great cuttings.

This year is shaping up to have an actual
Frosted Fig Tree
winter!  Our fig trees "melted" from the frost and are going dormant.  The frost is okay, fig trees are pretty hardy and will wake up when spring arrives.  

We planted several started from tissue cultures in ground early to mid 2017 and they grew well, then started making little figlets around November, 2018.  We should have loads of different fig varieties next year.

Pallet Compost Bins

Compostable Expansion

Following the crazy and unplanned growth of our vining plants, we needed to up our composting capacity and threw together some well aerated bins out of old pallets.  We think they turned out well enough.  They even have little shelves to put our gourds up for drying now that the vines have shriveled up and died in the cold.

Pallets are great because they allow air ventilation around the bottom and the half size fronts will allow us to easily get a turning fork in there and move it around.  We should start frequenting Starbucks around here and see if we can pick up some coffee grounds.

We didn't plan much of a winter garden.  We are really trying to get the area organized more than gardening at the moment.  We should have more to post about closer to spring time this year.