Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
What started as an idea to use Lorie’s old gazebo frame as a structure to support some triumph vines, took on a life of its. After putting it together we soon found out it would not be strong enough. I asked Mike to add some wood beams to the corners. That led to a top, a shelf and lattice to the back for some privacy to our little garden get-away. We now have a VERY NICE pergola. Didn’t Mike do an awesome job? Then I said we didn’t need the gazebo frame anymore. We will paint it all white next year giving the green treated wood time to dry. I did find another use for Lorie’s old gazebo frame. I took it apart and attached them to the fence and will plant some more triumph vine to give the fence some vertical interest.All good work is done the way ants do things: Little by little. Lafcadio Hearn
Friday, July 10, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I decided I was going to try something new with my tomatoe's this year. I am in the process of re-doing and adding a food-garden which will not be ready for use till late in the season. So I decided to grow some tomatoes in pots. I also know I have enough to water already, so I am going to water my tomato plants using a wicking method. I sure hope this works. I have enough 5 gallon pails left over from the studio remodel we did upstairs. This will be a good use for them all.
Items I used to make the planters:
5 Gallon pail with lid
A pot that fits nicely on top of the pail lid
100% cotton rope
Nuts and bolts
1. The first thing I did was attach the lid of the pail to the bottom of the pot. Drill two holes and secure with bolts and nuts.
2. Drill six holes around the lid/pot spaced evenly. I also drilled a hole on the side of pail towards the top that I will use to fill the pail with water as needed.
3. Cut three lengths of rope to thread into the holes so the ends are inside the pot, and to leave enough to hang inside of the pail.
4. Make a wire frame to fit inside of the pot.
Fill pail with water and make sure you get the rope wet that is inside the pot also. This is to make the wicking action start easier.
Place the wire frame inside the pot and hang the rope over the frame as far up the inside of the pot without pulling the length out of the bottom of pail.
I filled the pots with a potting mixture of compost, perlite and peat moss.Planted the tomato plants and gave them a light watering. The test begins
This is my niece's little girl Hailey and her dog, Harley . They came over to buy my two old desk I know longer need now that my studio is all done. She is a great little helper.
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. ~Seneca
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Our Crab Apple is blooming. I only wish these blossoms would last longer. It's so pretty. I cut some and added them to my vase that was filled with some fresh cut lilacs. My studio smells so good and Tater (our cat) can't get to them, see he is not allowed upstairs. I will be able to enjoy fresh cut flowers indoors once again.
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This is my new wagon....I can leave it out and if it gets wet it will not rust like my old little red wagon did. I can hose this one off and let it air dry.
Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wait till you see what he going to make for me out of an old door, windows and shutters that I have been collectiong from thrift stores. He said to give him about a week and half. I can't wait to get it. Can you tell I am a little excited?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
All clean and ready to be filled for the year. Cross your fingers that we don't have a leak. First time cutting the grass. I love the smell of fresh cut grass. Just don't look at my flower beds...oh the work still to do.