Exploring Outdoors in Winter

When winter comes I really feel it and maybe you do too. I feel the feeling of melancholy that accompanies being stuck indoors for long stretches of time. There is a name for that feeling, Seasonal Affected Disorder. I'm certainly not a doctor but I can recognize when "SAD" is hitting me and the best cure for me is to get outside on a bright and sunny day. Yesterday I dragged the kids outdoors and headed out to explore nature. They were cooped up playing video games with little physical activity. They needed the outdoor time too! We drove over to the new property and hiked into areas we've never explored before. We looked for signs of nature, followed deer trails, and ran around a bit. As this week has been the coldest we've had all year the kids were very hesitant, but once there they enjoyed it! Getting Outdoors…

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Plants to Propagate in Winter

Winter is officially here! If you're reading this post you are probably thinking what I can do in the garden in winter? Well if you're a fan of plant propagation you should try some winter plant propagation! What plants you can propagate and at what time of the year largely depends on the type of wood you select for the cuttings. At this time of year we are looking at hardwood cuttings which can be taken from a number of different types of plants. Below is a list of a few plants to propagate in winter. Plants to Propagate in Winter Arborvitae Caryopteris Crape Myrtle Dogwood (Cornus) Forsythia Fruit Trees (Peaches, Plums, and many others) Grape Vines Roses Russian Sage (Perennial/sub-shrub) Viburnum Willow Yew This list is not extensive! In general try hardwood cuttings from deciduous plants in the winter. My thought is if you are intending to prune something,…

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Video Update: Bradford Pear Tree Broken

Video UPDATE: Bradford Pear Tree As I expected we now have a second Bradford Pear Tree boken. In fact it's a rather dangerous situation due to heavy branch still attached to the tree. I've been working to get this tree cut down since this happened but take a look at why you shouldn't plant one of these problem trees. In fact avoid ANY Callery Pear tree as they are all similar in composition. Let's review why you shouldn't plant a Bradford Pear Tree: Weak Wood - They break often due to the "V" shaped branching pattern. They Smell Bad when in Bloom - think rotten meat! They are invasive!

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Time Spent on the Land

I've been spending a lot of time dreaming about what is to come for our family, our new house, and the gardens. It's easy to come up with ideas but always much more challenging to implement them. I've designed a potential house plan and I know how we would site it on the property. There is still a lot of planning that needs done before we can actually start building. I'm thankful for the opportunity to dream about what we could do there and each time I visit the land I feel a sense of peace, like this is exactly where we are supposed to be. Walking Trails I visited the land a few days ago to fix the driveway a little better. After that I walked the land. Just in the open spaces. One idea I have had is to install a walking trail around the property so I…

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