Second citation for my septic system. .. sewage odor

Well yeah if you stick your nose in the tank, otherwise no one had ever said anything about sewer smell at my house.   More house maneuver from small horse like animal called the deer.

So this made me think.  It’s really less than one person living here full time really. I’m at work and the kids at school we probably have pretty small amounts of actual sewage.  

Maybe even less than my two dogs deposit all around my yard and mention the deer population in a small two acre wooded lot do.

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The rise and fall of mighty mushroom

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I want to start a winery

I decided today I was going to pick the elderberries. I have one very large elderberry bushy tree that has been growing for about six maybe seven years under an old dead tree that threatens to fall on my house. recently my son was helping with some heavy lifting and created a lever with a large log and a barrel of dirt and then haphasardly tossed the large log right on my elderberry bushy tree. Smash a good protioin of it. I yelled NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! but it was done.

Well I had only recenlty found out that was in fact an elderberry bushy tree. It recovred as under growth trees do. Now I notice the plant everywhere. It grows here like a total weed. Now a my sister in laws sister makes elderberry wine and sells it in west Virginia. Not a big operation.

I’m thnking this could be a real thing. two acres of land that will grow elderberry and a gumption to make wine. ūüėÄ

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Patio garden

This all started about a year ago when I heard a knock on my door. My neighbor wanted to let me know I may have some trouble getting out of the driveway because he was cutting down that big tree today.

WHAT?!?!

What big tree? My big tree?

Well there was no saving the tree. The men were already in the tree making the big cuts by the time I was informed. I was not going to let my beautiful tree die in vain. I moved all of the wood back to my house.

The main trunk made the perfect coffee table. Then I had a ton of smaller pieces and they made great places for planters. Then a fund-raiser at my daughter school came along and we had to purchase 8 flats of flowers as the minimum order required by each child. I purchased tall and short snap dragons, all the colors of vincas and some lobelia. I filled every flower pot I had with flowers. I made a couple smaller beds with the long branch pieces of wood. Then I waited. Before I knew it I had created a sweet little patio garden with a nice blend of rustic wood and magical flowers. I took pictures from the beging till now.  Hope you like how it has turned out.

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Oh Very Berry

Identifying berries. These pictures were taken on the same day early in Summer just before Memorial day in ohio

Raspberries are more symmetrical and have small already formed berries
Black Berries are either still flowering or are just now loosing their petals. They look a little hairy and bulbous right now.
Mulberries are in full form. More are turning black everyday.
Elderberry is blooming and beautiful with the white flowers. (this is the first year I have identified this as Elderberry)

This is just a sampling of the berries in my yard. I plan to add to this post as the berries change and form…

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Spring blooms

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Azalea, daffodil, wild violet, apple blossom, adorable tiny blue’s, white bells, and my favorite dutchman’s britches.¬† Many of these just decorate the woods floor this time of year…

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Tip Root Transplanting… Forsythia :D

Last year a little later in the season I decided I wanted put the aggressive Forsythia that have damn near destroyed my foundation to good use.  My mother has one that is easily 25 feet across mass of yellowness in early spring and crazy green mob the rest of the year.  That I thought would be perfect to put between me and the six houses that back up to me on the what was beautiful sunset over the river at the highest point before the land goes flat of fields woods to river, now is the ass of a bunch of houses.  So Forsythia are very aggressive plants and they grow quick.  I have one I butchered to a stump all the way across the side of my house that is now as tall as the house again less than five years later.  And in a more suitable area they would grow even faster.

So a tip rooter.¬† This is a plant that as the long strand like branches grow tall they bend over and back down to the ground from their own weight, or a good ice storm, or what ever, the “tip” reaches back to the ground and starts to root.¬† This makes a whole new plant.¬† Now you can cut the branch above the root, with a few leaves and plant it somewhere else too.¬† Or you can let it just grow up and eventually the branch breaks but by then the plant is healthy and has numerous new branches all over the place.¬† Now I think it takes the actual plant a couple maybe five years to start really tip rooting on its own, but there is¬† where you can go cut the branches flip them over in a vase of water and they will bloom and root.¬† Now I have not actually gotten that to work yet, but i tried it in a utility sink on the back deck that i kinda forgot about. In theory that is how it is supposed to work.

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I checked the tip rooter that I transplanted last year.¬†¬† Now I will be honest, I thought I planted three of them, only one survived.¬† I may have mowed over the other two, or they just may not be up yet.¬† Probably didn’t make it.¬† I did a good job planting the first one, and then the second two, I’m sure I got tired.¬† The one that did make it, is healthy.¬† and in a perfect spot.¬† Also i think I am going to put bamboo down the side instead of all Forsythias anyway.¬† Then I would have bamboo and a fast growing tall aggressive plant…

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