This is a photo of my 4 foot by 7 foot trailer fitted with inexpensive temporary sidewalls made from rough-cut lumber. I'll use it to haul topsoil, bulk potting soil, and manure. My trailer, ready to haul bulk topsoil, potting soil, and manure. Cheap to make and quick to assemble or disassemble, it cost less than $50 to construct the sidewalls, and will save hundreds of dollars in transportation fees. October, 2012.
This is a photo of my 4 foot by 7 foot trailer loaded with rough-cut Fir boards. Each board is a full 12 inches wide by 1 inch thick, and at least 11 feet long. A load of rough-cut 12 inch wide, 1-inch thick Fir boards bought from a local lumber yard at 47 cents/linear foot. Each is at least 11 feet long. October, 2012.
This is a photo of my 2003 Subaru Forester hitched to a 4 foot by 7 foot trailer loaded with 10 bales of hay, outside a barn. My Subaru Hay Wagon with 10 of 20 bales piled and strapped for the 30 mile trip home. Bales cost $2.25 each. October, 2012.
This is an artsy photo of the hay loft from which I tossed 20 bales of mulch hay to cart home in my trailer. I liked the lines and textures of this old barn’s hay loft. Those are some of my 20 bales of mulch hay waiting to be tossed out the open door. October, 2012.
Two eight-ball zucchini and a lemon cucumber. Delish! July 31, 2011.
I thought I had a swarm today. Those thickened areas of the branches are bees. After a couple hours hovering at the top of an 80-foot maple tree, they returned to their hive. The swarm collapsed. July 28, 2011.
First raspberries of the season, July 13, 2011.¬†Since then we’ve feasted on over a quart of berries, and frozen an additional pint. So far, just a handful of blueberries, but it’s the first year we’ve gotten any at all.
Dozer thinks he should help dig. June, 2011.

Notice the white, square beehive in the background.
Marie and me between the tomatoes and beans. June, 2011.
Portrait of the Gardener as a Young Girl. June, 2011.
Working in the Garden with Marie’s help. June, 2011.

Agribon covers the lettuces, greens and spinaches. It lets in the rain and air, keeps out bugs, cuts the sun, and helps keep the soil damp, which is good for lettuce.
Making 4″ soil blocks for “potting on,” May, 2011.
Placing 4″ soil blocks in wood tray. Notice 2″ soil blocks already “potted on.” May, 2011.
Selecting a 2″ soil block for potting on. May, 2011.
Placing 2″ soil block into 4″ soil block. May, 2011
Spring officially arrives when our Grosbeak couple arrives for breakfast. This year it was May 9, 2011.
The Upper Beehive, near the raspberries, cherries, blueberries, logan berries. May, 2010.
The Lower Beehive off the corner of the garden, under investigation by Dozer. May, 2010.
Discussing living conditions with a delegate from the new Upper Hive; May, 2010.
Dozer and I are going to check on the new hives. That’s the most I wear for bee work; they really don’t want to sting. May, 2010.
View from the northwest corner of the yard. Vegetable garden is off-camera to the right. July 2009.
Full view of initial garden; a Gala apple tree is staked to the right of photo. June, 2009.
View of newly-planted raspberries looking down toward house and yard. Peach tree on left edge of photo. Always keep a hammock ready for after-work relaxation! June, 2009.

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