Archive | July, 2012

A New Bench for the Garden

22 Jul

This week we say farewell to our next door neighbors who are moving away. We always thought parting gifts should be given to the person leaving, but not this time. Using the plans from “The Practical Gardener” along with scraps of lumber and leftover Trex from our deck, we spent 5 hours with our neighbor making a great new bench. Amazingly, we spent absolutely nothing (except time). Of course, we could never have done this without the tools and expertise of our neighbor, so thank you, and farewell Tom and Marcia. We will think of you as we enjoy our garden from our new bench!

Chickens Celebrate Two!

15 Jul

We would like to give a big shout out to two of our chickens who are celebrating their second birthday. Happy birthday Mercedes and Brittany! We came across these two feathery friends in a very peculiar way. It was the Fourth of July and our whole block was celebrating with a yard sale and potluck. We were chatting with our neighbors about the prospect of keeping chickens when a innocent passerby exclaimed, “Chickens? You want chickens? I have chickens and I need to get rid of them!” We immediately held a family meeting. “Please, please, please, can we get them?,” asked Sam. “No we don’t want chickens, they’re too messy.” informed Tom. “We have no where to put them.” concluded Joe. Just then a friend of our neighbor’s pulled up in a station wagon and plucked down a dog crate with a sign that read $10. So it was decided. We acquired three baby chicks that day: Sunrocker, Morocco Mustache, and Scary Mascara. It seemed that our chicken donor allowed her two-year-old granddaughter the privilege of naming the chickens. We quickly changed their names to the much more dignified Brittany, Rachel and Mercedes. After a few months, Rachel started crowing. Yes indeed, Rachel was a Mr. Shuester. We gave him away a week later to a mysterious pet store owner whose shop was later closed for unknown reasons. Rachel/Mr. Shuester, if your still out there, Happy Birthday!

Baby Brittany


Adult Brittany


Baby Mercedes


Adult Mercedes


Lettuce Trellis

2 Jul

We’ve had a comment asking for an update on the lettuce trellis, so here it is. We had no luck sprouting any from seed, so we got some starts from the crop swap. We stuck them in the ground on an overcaast day, and since then they’ve grown tremendusly, except something has been selectively eating the red leaf lettuce. All of the blank spots you see were once red lettuces.