Camping, My Garden, Uncategorized

Camping on Memorial Day Weekend

This year we decided to camp at my house for Memorial Day Weekend since we have a big enough space to park the camper. My dad and sister bought their RV on Friday and stayed for the weekend. My goal is to make a private campground in the wood but it will take a lot of money to clear the land and make a road back there, might be a next year project. As for now, this is good enough, convenient that it’s close to the house.

This was an extremely wet weekend, it poured down while we were cooking inside the barn.

Thank goodness for the barn, it was a nice get together. It’s been a while since we did anything like this and will have to do it more often.

We had Pho.


After the rain, I went to the garden to check on the plants, we had 3 inches for the 2 hours of heavy rainfalls.

The lower part of the garden was flooded.

Good thing that morning I went out to stake and support the cucumber plants and string beans to help them climb the trellis.

The pound is on the high level since we have had so much rains in the last few weeks. Bo put a dye in the pound to make it blue, he said that it’s safe for the fish and little critters, so far they are doing okay.



Hillside Garden

I failed to plan my garden properly and now facing the problems of the sloping garden. After looking at my garden, it’s not ideal to have the planting beds horizontally since the rain and garden waters wash the dirt to the slope side of the garden, see large image. The box planting beds seem to help and it’s a temporary fixed but not ideal long term solution for my garden. This made me think of a hillside garden, which means I have to plant my rows vertically and this will be good since the sun rising on the East side of the garden will shine evenly row by row, and the West side of the garden has more shade and I can plant vegetable crops that will grow in light to partial shade such as snow peas, cabbage, carrot, and garlic. I think the herbs will do well also.

I would love to redo my garden right now but it’ll have to wait until the Fall. The hillside garden made me think of the sloping Mekong gardens that I saw while visiting Laos in 2008. My garden will not be this extreme but this looks interesting and I can’t wait to redo my garden in the Fall.



Spring is in the air

It’s the end of January and might be too early for Spring in most area, I guess for us also just last week we had snow. The countryside came to a halt, and no work and school for most of us._MG_1845

I certainly don’t mind getting stuck here.




As I was taking this picture below, I thought to myself this would be a good place to walk. I think I found myself a new walking trail.


It’s extremely warm today, I was out walking and heard a woodpecker pecking a tree.


It was so high up, I’m glad I was able to capture it with my telephoto lens.


My daffodils are budding now, it’s certainly is an early sign of Spring.