Readers, I apologize that I have not been posting any updates since we moved to our new property in fall 2021. There were many things to do and adjust. As you know, it is hard to pick up something after you have stopped for a long while. But spring is here and I am hoping to resume our country/farm journey on our little blog.
The previous owner did not plant any garden, so we have to start from scratch. There is, however, a silver lining (somewhat). Our property has a lot more trees than our previous home so there is no lack of dead branches which can be turned into wood chips.
Have you ever seen utility crew cutting down branches and using a big machine to turn an entire tree into wood chips within 10 seconds? Well, that is not what I have.
I purchased a 4″ wood chipper from TMG Industrial. I spent quite some time in research and finally plunged a good sum of money into this chipper. “You get what you paid for” is a true saying in most cases. From what I gathered, many small chippers under $1000 are only good for a season or 2.
Now I could elect to rent a commercial 12″ chipper but that would cost me $500 per day (ouch!)The tiny chipper did not disappoint me though and as long as I feed it with branches under 3″ in diameter, it keeps churning out fresh wood chips!
|This will be our new garden.|
|The last thing we did before winter after the move was to plan some garlic.|
|We planted 50 asparagus crowns 2 days ago and one of them has already sent a shoot up!|
New seedlings of tomato, zucchini, cucumber, squash and watermelon waiting to be planted in ground after Victoria Day.
|This is my new 4″ wood chipper. Most woodchips you see in the garden came from this tiny workhorse (some from a tree company).|
|These are some of the dead branches waiting to be turned into woodchips. It is an arduous task to cut down, pile and trim these branches so that they can fee properly into the wood chipper.|