Happy First (full) day of Spring

Even though it is the Spring it seems winter wants to still hang on, well I guess it is still March. We have had some bad blizzards in March. It is always fun walking around the yard to see what is popping up. My Daffodils are starting bloom, usually they are later then most, living in the bottoms of the valley makes us the last one to thaw. Continue reading

Greenhouse

Since I celebrated my 100th post I thought I would repost my first one, I hope you enjoy the flashback.

This is the first spring for the greenhouse. We built it late last summer. It is built out of mostly reclaimed lumber and free tempered glass storm door windows, we found on the internet. It is 8′ x 12′ and we lined the floor with plastic and filled it in with free mulch from a landscaping company that cut down a tree, down the road from us.Image

We grew cucumbers in the corner. It was quite successful…. and mmm the cuc’s tasted so sweet and flavorful. We also started 7 varieties of tomatoes, 2 varieties of eggplants, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini and many herbs. We started using all heirloom seeds this year in the hopes that we can save the seeds for next year. I also started cuttings from a geranium and the new plants are just as pretty as the plant I cut them from. We also started 3 zucchini plants in large planters and have already picked our first zucchini. What a wonderful addition to our salads.

Since there is no heat in the greenhouse we found that a couple of kerosene lanterns worked on the chilly nights but if it was to get below 25 degrees we brought them in the house.

The greenhouse is still a very useful place in our yard.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

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Greenhouse 2014

We have found other purposes for the greenhouse, you should check out what else is growing!

Have a Great Weekend every one!!

Wall or Floor Pumpkin decoration

Fall is here and as you can tell by my one of my last posts, I like my pumpkins and this year I have been making some different ones out of wood. I am usually able to get 1″ x 10 ” scraps from a friend of ours, so I used that for this next project but you could use plywood. First thing I did was to draw a pumpkin shape

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pumpkin drawing

Then cut out the shape with a band saw. Don’t forget safety first, wear your safety glasses. Continue reading

Geraniums Inside

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Geranium

I pick out my favorite Geraniums and bring them in for the winter. Before I re-pot them I trim the stems and only leave the healthy ones. At first they look a little sickly but they will fill out in no time. Just remember to not let them bloom, you want them to work on making good stock for next years stock. Well, OK, maybe one bloom.

See How I propagate my own Geraniums. View post

Pumpkin Decorations

Well since the pumpkin season outside is coming to an end, it is time to make some homemade pumpkins that will brighten up any shelf.  After digging around my wood shop, I found an old handrail and thought of pumpkins. Strange, I know but I once thought of Santa when I looked at a piece of bark but I will save that one for Christmas. So gather up some sticks for the stems on the pumpkins, some orange paint and a drill (I love my drill, believe it or not I got for my birthday) and let the fun begin.
The first thing I did was cut the railing in pieces ranging from 1 1/2 to 3 inches in length.

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Wooden hand railing cut into pieces

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Pumpkins

Well the pumpkin plants  are dyeing but that is to be expected. Brown plants don’t make for good pictures but I did find a Fairy tale pumpkin. I didn’t think they were going produce anything. Let’s hope it makes it.

Fairy Tale Pumpkin

Fairy Tale Pumpkin

Might get to pick pumpkins next week. Have a good weekend everybody!

Tomato, Climbing Triple Crop

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We tried a little experiment this year and planted 2 “Climbing Triple crop” tomato plants in front of one of the sheds. They have climbed higher then we thought and the weight of all the tomatoes is pulling down the arbor I tied them too.

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The tomatoes are averaging 1 lb each. They are one of our best producers and the plants are very healthy.  It is an heirloom variety so we will definitely be saving the seeds.

We bought the seeds from Pinetree seeds.  We have bought from them for years and love their seeds.