Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Luskville Falls Trail

Delane & I hiked Luskville Falls today.  After a couple wrong turns and a quick unexpected venture into the provincial park due to missing a small sign for the falls, we made it.  But getting lost makes the journey more fun anyways, right?  Cameras in hand we started on the trail.  It was more challenging than we had expected, but we made it to the top!  The views were spectacular and we didn’t kill ourselves.  It took us 1.5 hours to hike up and 50 minutes to hike down…we are f-a-s-t.  Seriously, we decided on impulse to take another path down which didn’t have as many huge rocks to climb.  We are adventurers.

Here are some pictures of our hike.  Delane walked ahead on our way up and I went ahead on our way down:

Miss Delane getting a shot of the first falls

A very rocky climb

Almost to the top of the look-out.  1km left to the tower, which was a beautiful hike, but not much to look at up at the tower which was disappointing.

Look-out

The pathway was covered in leaves…it was gorgeous.  I LOVE fall.

Had to walk across in order to continue the path to the tower

Made it!

I think if you CAN get your bike UP this trail, you should be able to ride it down…seriously.

Ottawa Valley

Beautiful trees.  Did I mention that I love fall yet?

It was a beautiful hike, despite the difficulty of climbing the rocks over 3/4 of the way up.  I want to do it again.  I think it would be awesome to watch the sunset from up there.  Someone has to want to do that with me, because there’s no way I’m climbing down that trail…in the dark…by myself.

 

Square Foot Gardening

This year I decided to give Square Foot Gardening a try.  We’ve planted in the field the last 2 years and have lost pretty much everything we planted to animals…ok, and weeds.  My thinking is that if I keep the garden closer to the house I can maintain it better and from what I’ve read, gardens grow really well in raised beds.  It keeps in the heat and with proper materials can keep weeds to a minimum.

We have just finished up our beds and the seeds are planted.  Just waiting for some buds to start poking through the dirt.  Dad is working on one last potato bin.  I took pictures of the journey:

Dad working on our raised beds.

Our raised beds.  In the end dad made 6 beds.

Thanks to my big toe, my old Toms have a hole in them…so they are now my gardening shoes.

Filling up our beds with soil.  A lot of shovelling.

My little helper.  Seriously, he really did help with every step.

We laid down weed controller fabric…stuff.  Here it is:

Beds all done.  We have soil, manure & compost in each bed.

On to the planting!  Owen helped plant until I got to the really small stuff (ie: lettuce)

Coming back for more seed.

I blocked off the beds in square feet and planted my seeds accordingly.  I followed what I found online on how many seeds of each veg/fruit could be planted in that square foot.  For example, watermelon & squash took up 2 blocks for each seed, but I could plant 16 carrot seeds in one block.

This is the potato box dad came up with.  Potatoes can grow out where ever it would like, and he’s put a hose with holes in it down through the box for watering.

My strawberry patch.  It’s not doing too well today…I hope they don’t die.

Raspberry bush.

I have two of these blueberry bushes planted.  Mmmm…I love blueberries!

Growing some spinach in pots.

I found these “Pot Carrots”.  I’m not sure how it works but apparently you can grow carrots in a pot.

My potted herbs.  Since this picture my Basil has died.  Everything else is growing and thickening.  I’m not sure why the Basil died…it was watered the same as the rest and got as much sun.  I have also added a tomato plant that is ready for producing tiny tomatoes.  O loves tomatoes.

And that’s it!  Our garden is planted and now it’s just a waiting game.  Watering every day.  Anxiously waiting for something to bud and praying this year we will get something from our garden!