Here’s a cute little necklace I made with a tiny glass jar full of dandelion fluff. I’ve had the ‘wish’ charm for a long time, this seemed like the perfect use for it. If you’re interested, the tiny bottles can be ordered from Alpha Stamps and I’ve also seen them in the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby.
28 Apr 2012 5 Comments
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26 Apr 2012 3 Comments
Potatoes are still growing in one of our greenhouse beds. Just a few of them, we’ve already harvested and eaten the rest as small or new potatoes. I was saving the last few plants, hoping these would grow to maturity but a bunny kept hopping through our open greenhouse side curtains and digging them up and leaving them half eaten. I threw a couple of bell jars (normally used for protecting tender plants from freezing) on the area where they were digging and look what happened. Plants have sprouted and are growing like crazy. We learn something every single week in our garden.
25 Apr 2012 3 Comments
Those potatoes we planted a few weeks ago are coming up nicely. IF we find the time to deal with these correctly this year, we’ll mound soil up around the plant as it grows taller which is supposed to result in a lot more tubers per plant. Oh… and keep the plot weeded. That’s a big if but it’s in the plans. That’s an official gardening objective for 2012. That’s poopy straw from underneath our chicken roosts. We remove it every morning. It’s there for both weed suppression and fertilization. Pretty cool, eh? I’m also planning to actually read my pumpkin seed packets for days to maturity in an attempt to have pumpkins (more than one would be lovely) in October this year.
24 Apr 2012 5 Comments
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21 Apr 2012 7 Comments
Spring gardening is in full swing here. We’re a few weeks from our last possible frost date, but it’s been so warm we’re thinking about planting a few tender plants. Inside the greenhouse, our tomato plants are 4 feet high with flowers and tiny tomatoes on them and the hot peppers have started to bloom. Outside, we’ve got peas, carrots, chard, leeks, and cabbage planted, and our garlic looks fantastic! That wire hoop structure is just a cattle panel secured between two beds. The arch is like 7 feet tall so it’s easy to walk under and will provide support for anything that ‘runs’. Brian and I are constantly surprised that we’ve figured out this food growing thing after lots of failures in our early years. We learn something new every week.
19 Apr 2012 4 Comments
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Spring is when we do preventative medication for different intestinal parasites. One preventative method consists of mixing a medication into a very large tub of water and restricting access to the Ritchie, which is continuously fed from our well. This forces them to drink the medicated water. We tied concrete blocks together over the Ritchie access points to force everyone to drink from the tub. They ended up draining it in a day so they figured it out!