Saturday, April 11, 2009

I like piles of wood.

It was a lovely day for chopping down trees. We removed this mulberry, which was pushing up the foundation of our garage.

Side note - isn't our garage h.o.t.??

We also chopped up this black locust as, apparently black locust leaves are poisonous to chickens and this tree happened to have the bad luck of living near our future chicken pen.

Despite the thorns growing from the branches, twigs and trunk of this tree, we are quiet enamored with black locust and plan to do whatever we can to help them grow in non-chicken areas of our property. Locust burns hot in our wood stove and this good-sized tree is only 20-25 years old.

This sort of wood pile (we have 6 scattered around), I'm not so in love with:

Sugar spent her day smelling the flowers:

Our radishes are growing!

And some random knitting...fingerless gloves from super soft alpaca my mom picked up at Rhinebeck:

Now, we are off for pizza. Later!


  1. Nice- We got rid of 2 trees today too. Chris cut down a dead birch and a dying willow.

    How's the chicken coop coming along?

    Did you plant your whole garden already? What growing zone are you in?

  2. It was a good day for getting rid of trees. We had a dying willow come down in a storm last year, blocking our driveway. Good to get rid of them before that happens. I like chopping wood, but much more so on my own terms.

    Chicken coop is coming along pretty nicely. About half done. Plan to finish it maybe this weekend if it is nice out.

    We're zone 5b. Pretty much the same as CNY, but it seems a little warmer and with a lot less snow. We can still have hard freezes into April/May though. So far we put in potatoes, onions, peas, radishes, carrots, oats and millet. This weekend we'll plant beets and leafy greens. In the middle of May we'll transplant the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and such, and plant the corn and squash/pumpkins, etc.

  3. I think I heard once that locust makes good fence posts too, but I might be confusing that with something else.