Thursday, December 11, 2014
A Winter's Day Project
Since I expanded the Garden apiary this year I needed to trim away some Boxelder saplings that had been encroaching on the bee hives so I could put up the Winter wind break. This is another time when the battery operated chainsaw comes in really handy as I had a couple of 3" or so trees that I needed to cut off at ground level. Just the time for some one handed chainsaw action while the other hand holds the tree.
Supervisor kitty told me that using the saw like that without eye protection or saw chaps was strictly against OSHA regulations and company policy. I informed her that I was the company and she should try and make herself useful and catch mice or something. She wasn't impressed.
So I rimmed away all those pesky little branches and a couple of the trees that are too close for my liking. Supervisor kitty was inspecting my work as you can see. I usually try and leave these small trees as much as possible. They grow really fast and do supply me with some firewood occasionally but they are also in the Maple family and do produce syrup sap. These trees I think rate about third place in the sap producing lineup but hey they grow here like weeds and who knows I may eventually get enough of them to try making some Maple syrup.
It was about 35 degrees out and as you can see the sap was really running already. No wind for a change though but no sun either. In fact it has been so long since I have seen the sun I am starting to think we are in some kind of nuclear Winter or something. I know the moon is still up there because the cloud cover leaves at night but every morning those clouds are back it seems.
So I added a few more fence posts in and unrolled the windbreak to give these hives some protection from the West and North winds. Eventually I plan on clearing more of those little trees out from behind there and doing something with that area but I just haven't decided what yet.
Another good example of what Winter is for. I wouldn't have been able to get that close to the hives with small branches hitting them without wearing my suit during the warmer months. Only thing left to do is wire the windbreak to the posts but I discovered that I had forgot to charge up my cordless drill so that will have to wait until this evening or tomorrow morning now.
These sticks are my Paw-Paw tree. The damned rabbits apparently had themselves a snack. Grrrrrrr. I guess I need to build a cage for it tonight.
And here are some lovely yard ruts where the Bobcat traveled through the yard to dispose of the dirt we removed while leveling the spot for the cabin. I hate ruts. Hopefully they will melt down enough before Spring that I can ignore this part of em because they are not too deep here but there are a few other areas I am going to have to till and seed again I imagine.
Got this project done while a big pot of my famous (in my mind anyway) chicken soup was simmer on the stove. I love my chicken noodle soup but no one else around here seems to think it's as great as I do. They are just jealous I think.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!