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Old 05-18-2020, 17:02   #51
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come August I won't be wanting to be outside much - flowers in pots and plenty of hardscape is the answer. Quick watering and next to no weeding.
That's my kind of landscaping. I once planted a honeylocust tree on the theory that the leaves would be so small they'd blow into someone else's yard come autumn....

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Ive been landscaping and putting in a garden. The raised garden beds were made from logs instead of lumber. It isn't as pretty but it allows me to move forward on a lower budget.

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Also been carving. The spoons are the same wood, one has been finished with coconut oil. The cup is from an oak log in my woodpile. It is too hard to carve, I am going to try and burn it out while it sits in water. Also looking for a birch burl so I can try to carve a cup.

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Very impressive, NSDad! The only wood I'm good at cutting is branches off trees, and they're nowhere near that thick. Do you find coconut oil a better sealant than, say, mineral oil?

Okay, gotta ask. The flour package underneath the spoons. Does Canadian French not have a word for "appearance" ("New look, same great flour") so they have to use "look"? I get where it's not worth finding local-language equivalents for terms like "hard disk" or "Big Mac" but "appearance"? (Or should I be quiet and just get more coffee? )

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Very impressive, NSDad! The only wood I'm good at cutting is branches off trees, and they're nowhere near that thick. Do you find coconut oil a better sealant than, say, mineral oil?



Okay, gotta ask. The flour package underneath the spoons. Does Canadian French not have a word for "appearance" ("New look, same great flour") so they have to use "look"? I get where it's not worth finding local-language equivalents for terms like "hard disk" or "Big Mac" but "appearance"? (Or should I be quiet and just get more coffee? )
I am so new at this, I've only tried coconut oil. The finished spoon I've used about dozen times to mix my coffee over the past 18months. I sometimes use cononut oil in my coffee so that seemed like a good choice at the time. Edit: I think dishwasher avoidance might protect the spoon better than choice in oil but I can't be certain.

I don't know what the deal is with the french. If I had an opinion,.it might not be mine so I'll shrug instead.

However, I do have an opinion about coffee. The whole point of coffee can be getting together to talk. So No, don't shut up, and Yes, more coffee! LOL

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A ha...this is where everyone is hanging out LOL! This is my first week back to the office since they sent me home on 23 Mar. I've actually been working from home all this time. We are going to alternate work weeks. Next week, I'll work from home, and my co-worker will be in the office. We'll keep doing that until further notice.

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My first two rows of radishes supplied me with 10 servings of frozen radish greens, a serving of cooked greens, and a couple dozen roots that I've been munching as snacks. I have also done a first cutting on my spinach and have 2 servings of it frozen.

A week and a half ago I planted the asparagus and strawberries I had ordered online. I have 25/25 asparagus thriving, and 26/25 strawberries (I got an extra strawberry). All of my indoor starts have been planted and at the very least haven't died yet, some are really slow growing at the moment though.

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I had an old, unsightly brush pile in the back yard. Maple trees are notorious for dropping branches plus tons of leaves and seed helicopters. I cut all the old branches into short sections and then buried them in rotten leaves from the pile and then buried that with leftover compost soil from my raised beds. I now have a 3'x7'x1.5' raised hugelkultur bed that I am going to plant flowers in.

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I have seen U-tube homesteaders do the very same. Eventually all that wood decomposes and adds fertility to the soil. (Not to mention that burying them in a raised bed tidies the yard.)

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Yeah, youtube is where I learned about hugelkultur. A plus for me is that most of the wood I buried is already pretty rotted. A neighbor has a fire pit and he asked if he could dig through the stick pile for his fire, he took almost all of the solid wood and left stuff that was punky, reducing the pile by nearly half which was a win/win.

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