Archive for the 'Crafts' Category

Easiest self-waterer ever.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

I’ve always wanted to make some of my bigger pots out in the garden into self-watering pots – the kind where you fill a reservoir in the bottom of the pot and the water slowly wicks up into the soil so you can go way, way longer between having to water. In fact this spring, […]

Rain collecting passive poultry waterer, take 2

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The ducks and their chicken friends seem happy in the duckyard. Every night I tuck them into the old chicken tractor (which never will be mobile again, sadly) and check their feed and water. Which inevitably need refilling, which means I get to crouch down to chicken-tractor height and squelch through all that …not so […]

Nautical baby shower

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Sometimes it’s fun to take a little break from all the hard work and make a few things just for fun. So I threw a little baby shower at my house. Since the mama loves the beach, I made it all about the ocean. Sofía helped with the labels.     We learned that when Koolaid is […]

A taste of spring

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

We have strawberries, people! Boy, howdy do we have strawberries. When I made the big terrace on Backfill Hill two years ago, I ran out of Freecycled landscape blocks and was left with a fair bit of steep hillside. I planted a whole bunch of strawberries on the slope just as soil retention, not really expecting […]

Fuzzy little babies

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Well, ok, not the kind you probably thought. I’m talking about my peaches. Six years gardening, and I have yet to eat a single one of my own peaches. The damn bugs get them every year – it’s a race between them and the brown rot. And yes, I’m aware that they’re just peaches, but […]

Ghost trees

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

I’ve started a new pest prevention strategy in the orchard… …and I’m sure the neighbors are wondering just what the heck happened to my trees. Kaolin, that’s what. Ultra-fine sieved kaolin called Surround, sprayed in water solution and built up over multiple coats, is a physical pest deterrent. Its tiny particles get in the eyes, […]

Forest fruit

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

While I was clearing out brush from around the garden – a task that needed to be done anyway, but that also gave me a lot of material for my latest hugelkultur bed – I came across what I think might be a wild blueberry. In fact, I found two. We do have wild blueberry […]

First cheeseboard

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The first of the cheeseboards has been finished and gifted. Gosh, that took a long time – remember when I started back in February? I gathered all the pretty-looking firewood that I’d set aside from our epic tree harvest and splitting, and took those logs to a woodworking friend with some really great equipment, who […]

Salsa time!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

What with the garden rendering hauls like this just about every other day… It was time to start up the canner! Those are only 1/4 of the tomatillos I got, and boy howdy, my jalapenos are going like gangbusters. I have no idea what I’ll do with them all – try to sell them, I […]

Sparkly chairs!

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I just finished a super-fun project with a set of 1950’s chairs from my good friend’s grandma. They had been well-loved, but the one above was the worst one. For the most part, while they were pretty darn rusty, the worst thing that had happened to them was the passage of time. The stuffing and […]