Sunday, March 28, 2010

Planting a Garden in Minnesota (in a townhome)

Grant and I have been wanting to attempt a garden for awhile, but the problem is we are just renting a townhome. So, we really have nowhere to put the garden since we can't dig up our teeny tiny yard ;) But, I was reading online and discovered that it might be feasible to plant things in 5 gallon buckets instead of making a whole big garden.

So, we bought some beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash seeds (yeah we went a little overboard but it all sounds so tasty. And, I doubt it will all grow anyways. I have a tendency to kill plants so we'll see what happens)...

we also bought a tray...

and some potting mix and decided to give it a whirl...

I got together with Angie today while Brody and Grant kayaked and we planted our seeds so they'll get a start indoors and will be ready to go by the time it's nice outside! I was told by some gardeners that the end of March is a good time to start seeds in Minnesota so they can be planted outside in May when it doesn't freeze anymore.

First, we labeled our containers so we'd remember what's what.

Then we added the moistened soil (I used the potting mix shown above but Angie had some fancy homemade compost to use. It's amazing how you can throw banana peels and lettuce on a pile and magically it becomes dirt. I don't know how that works. Maybe Angie will do a compost tutorial on

Then we put the seeds in at the depth it said in the instructions on the back of the seed packets and covered them with soil.

Then, we sprayed it with water (yes Angie used an old litter box to put her seeds in. She's very resourceful. hehe).

Finally, we covered the whole container with plastic wrap to keep moisture in and poked little holes in it for ventilation.

When we got home I put my little greenhouse in front of our window in our bedroom and shut the door so the kitties wouldn't get into it.

...and voila! We are ready for our garden to grow :) ... honestly if all this stuff actually grows I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. We will have many, many 5 gallon buckets outside our townhome! Should be interesting! I'll keep you updated if anything grows!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kitties Climb Trees

When we first got our kitties we had them outside a few times and they really liked to climb trees. Then, when they were old enough we had their front paws declawed so they wouldn't destroy our furniture. After that, we were worried they wouldn't be able to climb trees anymore but today Everest proved us wrong! We were outside having a little picnic...

And then Everest decided to make his way up the tree ... !

He can still do it!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

BWCA Winter Camping

I have been escaping to the winter wonderland of the BWCA for a few years now. Each trip has been wonderful. I have yet to canoe in these waters in the summer but think I prefer winter and less human population.

This year, my Uncle Kevin, a local of the area, Ed Bouffard, Big Al Erickson, Erik Grove and myself headed into the frozen lakes and forests via the Little Gabbro portage. County Hwy 230 (Spruce Rd) back leads back to the portage. They quit plowing the road a ways back. We parked and made the mile or so trek to the beginning of the portage trail. All of us were pulling an Eds Wilderness System ski-pulk. It takes the load off your back and makes for easier skiing in our opinion.

Grove, Big Al and Ed

The Little Gabbro portage is hilly and about 3/4 miles long (254 rods). We chose to walk this portage because of the chance of falling and getting hurt on ski's. When we hit Little Gabbro, we cruised accross the lake to another portage. About 3 portages later and crossing paths with a dog team, we arrived at our campsite on the South Kawishawi River System.

This was the first year that we stayed at a designated campsite in the boundary waters. It worked out well. It was nice to have a fire grate to cook on. We set up camp after a long haul and relaxed. We operated out of this camp while we fished and took a few day long ski/snowshoe trips.

A toad of a crappie

A wood run for myself

Rock and roll baby

We lucked out with super warm weather and great fishing. Spotted a timberwolf running accross the lake, however, couldnt get them to howl at night.

I thouroughly enjoy the BWCA in the winter months and recommend it to those who enjoy solitude and a winter camping experience. It also helps to have a good crew (2-3 others) to enjoy your time with. Post if you have any questions about winter camping.

Nice fish

Uncle Kevin catching some afternoon zzz's and rays

Good meal ... fish, beans, potatoes

a loop ski, south kawishiwi, Eskwagama, Clear, south kawish

The 2010 crew - Ed, Al, myself, Uncle Kevin and Grove

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