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Home Grown

September 24th, 2006 at 03:11 am

We took a chance and tried growing mini-watermelons this year. Well- to our surprise, we were successful!

This watermelon is about 6" and 2 pounds.



Jasmin is now 10 months today! She's over 21 pounds and about 28 inches long/tall.

Trash, Compost or Garden Treasure?

August 31st, 2006 at 04:25 pm

Everyday Compost Materials:

Nonsynthetic Lint
Human & Pet Hair
Coffee & Tea (bags/filters too)
Egg Shells
Fish bones/Skin
Rusted/Broken/Bent Nails

"Trellises"

Baby Gates
Iron Gates/Fencing
Wooden Fencing
Iron Crib on it's side?
Wire CD Racks

Poles

Broken Billiard Sticks
Stair Railings
Shower / Curtain Rods

Containers

BookCases Horizontally
Shelves/File Cabinets Horizontally
Crates
Old Bathtubs / Sink
Pull Wagon
toyboxes
Drawers
Cabinetry
Wine Boxes / Storage
Guitar/Instrument boxes/cases
Trundle/Pullout beds
Barrels
Wheelbarrels

Ingenius Coldframe?

August 31st, 2006 at 03:45 pm

I read a post on the "ThriftyFun Tips" newsletter I subscribe to about using those rooftop cargo carriers for cars for coldframes for winterproof gardening.

Well- my idea is to use an old, even rusted, barbecue gril. The "paint" should be nontoxic since we used it to cook what we eat. It already has heat trapping ability and a hinge top. Most barbecues have smoke vents on top which we could use to control the trapped heat/temperature inside. And for warmer nonfreezing weather, you could open the coldframe grill and just cover your plants with a modified/small plastic "rowcover". Plus- it's on wheels so it's easily moveable to where the sun is or isn't and it would be elevated off the freezing ground with snowcover.

The more I think of this idea (it's my original idea as far as I know)- the more I like it! We already have a spare grill that we hardly use even during the summer (only to incubate my homemade yogurt); I think winter use would be appropriate. All I have to do is check the depth allowed. I wonder if there are any more "junk" BBQs that I can pick up. LOL