Coconut shells are discarded or burnt as fuel after harvesting the cream and the water. I have used them in my wood working shop for making useful articles such as ladle, spoon and a tea cup. Please see my blog on coconut for more information on coconut. The shells are first dried in the sun, cleaned from inside and outside, cut to a proper shape and used for making articles of your choice. The shells are quite hard to work with and proper tools should be used. Any holes at the bottom are se...
Late last summer, I had an aphid infestation in my inside garden, so I ended up losing everything I had been trying to grow. I have trashed everything associated with the aphids and am hoping I am done with them for this year. The inside garden was turned off for the winter to save on electricity. I have started anew with some new seed. I am using jiffy pellets, 1 seed to a pellet, using the seed I had on hand, not buying new unless I have to.A closer look at the plants. Seeds were planted...
Well the greenhouse made it through the winter with just a few scratches.Later that day after the snow had melted some.I have survived the winter with an intact greenhouse, On the right end,of the GH, I had partially replaced the plastic with Suntuf panels. The other end is going to be rebuilt and I am planning on another 8 foot section to the greenhouse. I am going to overlap the Suntuf panels so there should be little or no leakage when it rains. The right end will be permanently closed as ...
Like at many other places in the world here in Pune also winter extended for a much longer time. This affected my terrace garden and I was disappointed. But since yesterday the temp has shot up and flowers have started blooming, not in their best conditions but not too bad. I hope better days are ahead. Following are some of the blooms from my TG. Jasmine Hibiscuses Bogainvilla Sharad
I broke my ankle very badly last Spring. That kept me housebound, rolling around in a wheelchair. I didn’t get back in the garden until September. Basically, I missed the whole warm season. So, I’ve had a double whammy of cold weather and I’ve had it up to here.Oh well, I’m not the only one complaining and it is the end of February. With March we should get warmer, shouldn’t we? Where is this Global Warming those yahoos were panicking over?
I can’t wait for late Spring to get here or even early Spring to get some of my Plants started for Summer Planting. I rescently tore down the house next to me that I bought. Now I have a BIGGER yard for myself and my Dogs to Roam around Plus a Garden Plot I can get going. I’m thnking of building 4 to 6 Beds 4×4 with Cinderblocks 2 High. This will also give me the ability to Plant some border Plants in the holes of the Blocks to prevent Pest from getting to my Plants. ...
I have to confess that when winter arrives, I usually ran around the garden and pile everything from furniture to kids toys into the sun room. Having turned the sun room into a games room and bar earlier this year, I suddenly find myself without anywhere for the piles of stuff that simply won’t survive a NY winter outside. The intention had been to build a decent sized barn for the animals this summer and include a hay loft and some storage for the garden bits and pieces, but with on...
Even though we grow the vast majority of our own vegetables and fruits (and herbs) in our rather expansive gardens, we are a modern family. The push towards more organic has actually been in large part due to our modern knowledge of the real effects of the fertilization and insect control methods of years past. I often laugh when it is implied that my organic methods are throwback methods to years gone by as the fact is while they share some commonality with methods of many years ago, it is m...
It can no longer be avoided – winter is officially here and somehow we seemed to complete bypass fall and go straight into sub zero temperatures and snow. My wife insists that fall did, in fact, happen but I don’t think that 2 days of attractive leaves constitutes a fall (much like only one day of genuine heat does not constitute a summer!). So, completely taken aback by the incursi of winter, the garden is nowhere near ready. Some of the garden furniture is already irretrievab...
Just to let my GT friends know … we had to say good-bye to our cat Jasmine a couple of weeks ago. She was about 17 years of age and had lots of health issues. She wasn’t well. And who is Tippy?Well, at the end of August this year we were the recipient of a “drop-off” kitten who became the neighbourhood cat (remind you of Gabby?). Anyway, we refused to pet him although all he craved was to get on anyone’s lap and to get indoors. We did, however feed him, as he ...
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