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...
In an effort to become more involved in the local farm-to-table ventures and adventures, I’ve toured a couple of local urban farms in the last month, something I should have done long before. Not that there’s any moss growing on my butt or anything, but these were obvious places for me to visit, so I’m glad I’ve finally stepped away from the weeds in my own garden to see how the pros grow it. Yesterday I visited Urban Roots, an urban farm which is largely dedicated to teaching kids whe...
IN THE GARDENThe Land That Keeps Giving http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/garden/living-off-the-land-in-maine-even-in-winter.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all By ANNE RAVERPublished: February 22, 2012 Four Season Farm in Maine IT was early February, when the 10-hour day returns here on the 44th parallel, and Barbara Damrosch could see it in the brighter green leaves of her tatsoi and spinach growing in the unheated greenhouse attached to the house she shares with her husband, Eliot Col...
I was gonna call this an update, but this is the first blog, I have written about it. Back last spring, I built a grow rack for inside the the house, to be exact, my bedroom. Living in a trailer, does not give one many options. Someday, I will build a house on the land, but that is the hopeful future. In the interim, we struggle within our limitations. My bedroom has become a dual purpose room and grow room and a place to sleep. My first attempt at a grow rack was to use lighting I got ...
I have delayed putting the final touches on the blog, as I wanted to make sure the GH was finished before I finished the write up. The doors, both ends of the GH are identical. This will lend itself to my plans for next years garden and ease of access for watering the plants in the greenhouse. I started looking at the cost of lumber for the doors and ended up deciding that cost was too great, so I ripped a 2×4 into 3/4 inch pieces, the pieces were 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 8R...
A lot of stuff has been going on, the government shutdown was going to deny me half my income. It has been settled for now, so my income is assure until mid February. The Greenhouse, yes, is still not finished, but we haven’t had a killing frost yet, in fact we haven’t had a frost yet. One night there was a warning, I covered my pepper plants, but I don’t think it got cold enough. I have finished one of the ends on the greenhouse complete with a door. I am thinking abo...
Well the structure is pretty much completed, now to cover it. Because of my money situation, I was going to use plastic. All the plastic I found was between translucent and opaque, leaning toward opaque. I did not build this greenhouse to be opaque. I did put up one end on the greenhouse and here’s how it looked. Am I to build a mancave or what? I spend the next two weeks trying to find an acceptable alternative. I had seen vinyl, but none of the greenhouse places mentioned vinyl...
Just when I thought everything was on track and was going smoothly, I ran into a stone wall and nothing seemed to be right. I had put up the other end of the roof, but it was out of alignment. If you look really closely you can see the sky between those two boards. I was able to fix that ok by removing the header board on the doorway and shortening that a little. But still things were not lining up properly and was the peak to just sit in the sky with no support. Well, I had to find a ...
Is anyone following this blog? Well, I have begun to realize that there is an error in the roof line. I have noticed that the right half of the roof extends about 1/2” further than it should. Well there was two options, take the right half of the roof all apart, so I can make the adjustments needed, but it would be difficult to really determine how much to cut off on each side. Taking apart and reassembling will weaken the joints a bit. So I have decided on option two, to space the righ...
Build your compost pile right where you use it – in the middle of your garden, with a keyhole garden.
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