Various Projects on the “Farm”

ORIGINAL LOCATION OF SIDE PATH
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ORIGINAL LOCATION OF SIDE PATH

 

Relocating rocks can be either hard labor, or you can look at it as good exercise! I choose to think of it as a way to get in my weight lifting. This weekend, I put on my heavy duty garden gloves and started creating a spot in the sun for my three new boysenberry plants.

Soon after I moved into this house, I created a side path out of cinder and 12-inch pavers with the help of a friend. The photo above shows the path before we added the pavers, but gives an idea of where they would be going – fairly close alongside the house. This was also before the lattice work was put in around the base of the house.

Boysenberries need to be in full sun. There are many places around my acre that are in full sun, but only this one place where they would have something to climb on without building a frame. For several reasons, that wasn’t an option at this time.

So my first task was to move the pavers to create an area for the berries. Here is the new path, curved to leave a planting spot.

NEW CURVED PATH
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NEW CURVED PATH

 

This space will hold three boysenberry plants – I hope.

NEW SPACE FOR BOYSENBERRIES
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NEW SPACE FOR BOYSENBERRIES

 

A couple weeks ago, a friend helped me build an addition to the chicken run. The “girls” seem happy with their new space. Here is a view from the front toward the water tank.

NEW CHICKEN RUN
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NEW CHICKEN RUN

 

This is a closer view from the other side. They all gathered to see what I was doing. As you can see, there is a little more to be done to finish off the top. They love scratching around in the lava, especially after I’ve tossed in a bunch of weeds.

CLOSER VIEW OF CHICKEN RUN
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CLOSER VIEW OF CHICKEN RUN

 

As I was moving the rocks for the boysenberry bed, I found several flat rocks that looked like pieces of concrete from the original construction period that had been stained by the red concrete. I pulled those out and created a path in some of the beds in the patio. I’ll dump in either cinder or soil and let something like a low-growing herb of some sort or alyssum fill in the cracks.

NEW PATH IN PATIO BEDS
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NEW PATH IN PATIO BEDS

 

The left side of this path is unplanted, so it’s full of weeds right now. You can barely see the right side where I have arugula and other salad greens planted. Original steps at the lower end of this path were put in by my two daughters last March.

ANOTHER ANGLE
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ANOTHER ANGLE

 

Here is another angle.

MORE OF PATIO PATH
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MORE OF PATIO PATH

 

You even get a glimpse of my pink geranium in this view.

PATH WITH PINK GERANIUM
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PATH WITH PINK GERANIUM

 

While I was taking pictures with my new Nikon Coolpix S610, I thought you might like to see the back half of my acre. I stood at the door of my shed and took several shots of it so you can see the potential for more growing space. When I figure out how to use the video ability of this camera, I’ll do a sweep around the property. Until then, just pretend that this is one panoramic view, from left to right. If you want to see a larger picture of each one, just click on it.

 

Here is a close-up of where the patio is from the shed, shielded by a stand of wild grass. When the grass is pulled, I will plant more flowers and veggies in that area, as well. So many ideas, so little time and energy!

HIDDEN PATIO
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HIDDEN PATIO

 

One last picture that I took at the same time is my beautiful bell pepper – a lovely green against the gray/black lava rocks.

BELL PEPPER
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BELL PEPPER

 

Addendum – just before I posted this, I made a few changes to my boysenberry bed. I removed the rocks from the outside of the pathway, dug three holes with the help of a friend who recently moved to Hawaii from Washington. In another post, I’ll tell you about her and how this blog prompted her to move here.

BOYSENBERRY BED
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BOYSENBERRY BED

 

She and I dug three deep holes, then she held the plant in place while I dumped in my combination of soil and chicken manure. We put rocks around the outside to help hold the soil and water. New growth was already beginning to show on the roots!

3 BOYSENBERRIES
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3 BOYSENBERRIES

 

A hui hou!

 

One thought on “Various Projects on the “Farm””

  1. Hi again!!
    I would like to share some of my growing plants and trees with you…..I will bring you a young tree that i grew from seed ( i will suprise you)….i grow avocado, papaya, mac nut, banana, laulau leaf, rosemary, pumkin, lilikoi, orange, and lemon and probably a few more that i forgot…im hoping to havea chicken coop so i can have eggs……
    i was thinking of planting these fruit trees on my lot in OV but so far i just dont have water up there and they would all die without water….:( so they are still in pots… 😦

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